This post has been written in collaboration with Debenhams UK, but all thoughts are my own.
2018 started on a high note for me this month when a lovely email landed into my inbox from the folks at Debenhams UK.
Debenhams are running a Health Kickstart campaign this month and they asked me to get involved by creating a smoothie recipe I could make in a Nutri Ninja Professional 900W Blender and Smoothie Maker.
I always try to use ingredients for my smoothies that I can already find in the house. I'm not a massive fan of buying hundreds of potions and powders. Having blogged for a couple of years now and spent probably too much money on this sort of thing in the past, I try to keep things a bit simpler these days.
Because I received the smoothie maker when I was back at home in the UK I could get my little sister involved in creating the recipe.
My sister is eight years old and she's noticed my obsessed with writing lists and has started doing the same as me lately! So we went around the kitchen seeing what we had and making a nice big list of all the possible ingredients we could use:
Seeing the list of ingredients a recipe started to form in my head. I haven't used wheatgrass in ages and there was a nice big pack in the pantry so I wanted to make this a key ingredient.
Wheatgrass contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium and magnesium. Most importantly I knew if I combined it with spinach I was going to get a lovely green colour!
Before you start asking, I'm not making any outrageous claims about wheatgrass as a 'superfood.' In fact I did a bit of research and think the most balanced advice I could find about wheatgrass was on this page on the NHS Choices website. Never just read the first thing you see on Google!
I'm using wheatgrass because I had it, I personally like the flavour and it's another different veg to throw into my smoothie without needing it fresh. Read more in my blog post about Food As Medicine about why I'm always trying to get a range of food in my diet.
But if you think wheatgrass has got miracle properties bear in mind:
"There is no sound evidence to support the claim that wheatgrass is better than other fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrition. It cannot be recommended above any other choices in this food group."
Alison Hornby, a dietitian and BDA spokesperson
Anyway, back to the smoothie!
Excited to get the new blender going we started to pack the cup with the ingredients we had chosen. To add sweetness to the wheatgrass (which some can find bitter) we went with apple and lovely ripe, juicy pear.
I loved the flavour combination we came up with. With just five ingredients plus water it's a simple one to do and the colour is stunning. Adding oats makes for a really rich, creamy and filling smoothie. I hope you give it a go and let me know what you think!
- 1/4 cup or 25g oats
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1 tsp wheatgrass
- handful c.35g spinach
- 200ml water (for a thick smoothie, 300ml for a thinner one)
- ice to serve
- Add all ingredients to your smoothie maker or blender and blitz to combine. Do give it a little while, to make sure the oats and fruit skin are completely blended in.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!