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Green & Pinks: Basil Lime Smoothie and Strawberry Chia Breakfast Bowl

When you can't decide what colour smoothie to have you can have both. Together. The basil, lime and lemongrass flavours are a refreshing wakeup call. They balance well with the subtly sweet strawberries and hydrating cucumber in the pink chia mix.

Green & Pinks: Basil Lime Smoothie and Strawberry Chia Breakfast Bowl


Depending on the sweetness of your strawberries, it may be advisable to include that optional date as the pink chia mix is really not very sweet.

All the extra superfood powders (lucuma, moringa, spirulina) are optional but if omitting lucuma do substitute with a little extra fruit or a small date as lucuma is included for its sweetness as well as high vitamin and antioxidant content.

Top with whatever nuts, seeds, fruits you are in the mood for and dig in. Tastes delicious with a handful of Paleo granola too... Or a square or two of Green & Blacks darkest x

Green & Pink: Basil Lime Smoothie and Strawberry Chia Breakfast Bowl
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free, Nut-free

Makes 2 bowls



Ingredients:

Mr Green:
  • Large handful of washed baby spinach
  • Small bunch of basil leaves 
  • 1 inch piece lemongrass, woody outer layer removed
  • 1 stick celery
  • 2 inch piece courgette
  • 1/4 large ripe avocado
  • 1/2 ripe banana, frozen into discs (or use fresh but frozen gives a creamier texture)
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp moringa leaf powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup coconut milk or coconut water, as needed
Mr Pink:
  • Large handful (approx 1 1/2 cups) strawberries, washed and hulled (frozen or fresh)
  • Large handful chinese leaf (napa cabbage)
  • 2 inch piece cucumber
  • 1 small soft unsweetened pitted date (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp freeze dried lingonberry powder (optional)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup coconut milk as needed
Optional toppings:
Strawberries, basil leaves, cacao nibs, bee pollen, freeze dried strawberry pieces, pumpkin seeds, edible flowers

Instructions:
1. In a high powered blender make Mr Pink by blending together all ingredients until smooth, starting with 1/2 cup coconut milk and adding more if needed. Set aside for chia seeds to absorb liquid while making Mr Green .
2. In a separate (or clean) high powered blender, repeat step 1 with the green ingredients.
3. Simultaneously pour Mr Green and Mr Pink into a serving bowl so that half is green, half is pink; then swirl together gently with the tip of a knife.
4. Top with toppings of choice and serve immediately.

** SIDE NOTE: I really enjoy my smoothies with little (no) added sweetness and I understand this may not (will not) be to the majority of people's liking. Therefore I suggest smoothies are sweetened to taste once blended with either extra frozen banana, a date or two, or even a little raw honey. I understand I am weird!

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