If you’re wanting to lose weight before getting hitched, smoothies are a great way to speed up your efforts the healthy way.

As smoothies are packed with nutrition, they provide a quick, easy and inexpensive way of adding additional fruit and veg to your diet.

Why not add a nutritious smoothie as a meal replacement or as a healthy and refreshing treat following a hot and sweaty workout?

Here’s a handy ‘3 step’ guide so you can make your very own smoothie

  1. Choose your base – To begin with, you’ll need to have some liquid in your blender. The more liquid you add, the runnier your smoothie will be. We recommend using filtered water, unsweetened dairy free milks, plain, natural or coconut yoghurt or chilled herbal tea.
  1. Add a little sweetness – To ensure your smoothies is palatable as well as nutritious, you may like to add some natural sweetness from fruits such as berries, apples, pears, pineapples or zesty fruits.
  1. Add veggies, spices and greens – Supercharge your smoothies with vegetables of leafy greens. Spinach and kale will give your smoothies that rich green colour, whilst packing your blend with heaps of essential vitamins and minerals. Not only will spices add a punch of flavour, they also come packed with beneficial nutritional properties.

If you are in a hurry, simply follow these ‘top tips’ to make your smoothie fast!

. Freeze fruit and veg in single layers on a baking sheet.

. Divide mixed fruit and vegetables into individual portions and add to a labelled freezer bag.

. When you want a smoothie, add the contents of your frozen smoothie pack to your liquid base.

Did you know that despite smoothies growing massively in popularity over recent years, smoothies have actually been around for centuries way back when Mediterranean and Asian cultures served pureed fruit drinks?

Smoothies have come a long way since then and there are hundreds of recipes available to choose from today, each containing an array of delicious ingredients.

Check out this lovely infographic from Cytoplan  (www.cytoplan.co.uk) which shows how to make the ‘perfect’ smoothie.

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