Though I am currently trying to eat mainly plant-based meals and stick to a ‘cleaner’ lifestyle than most, I usually focus on a 70:30 balance of ‘clean’ and indulgence. My Instagram is definitely not a definitive guide to what I eat all the time – most of the times, yes, but I’d like to keep the balance to ensure I do not miss out on trying new things, however ‘sinful’ they may be regarded.
Being in my final year at university, stress levels are fairly high and many choose to relieve themselves through alcohol. Though I seldomly drink nowadays, having the odd drink or two every fortnight or so.
I hate staying in bed the whole day after – I usually just feel rather sluggish. Most of the time, however, I often find myself with appointments or a huge to-do-list to conquer the day after that a personal hangover cure must be developed.
Thus, a green smoothie with an amazing flavour, as well as all the goodness you need for a hangover to subsidise, has been created.
The power ingredient is root ginger: it is a well-known anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory substance, and can be used to decrease the typical hangover effects: feeling dizzy or sick. This is such a versatile ingredient in the kitchen; my Filipino background mean root ginger is used in the regular in the house as my Mum manages to incorporate it into a lot of savoury dishes we often eat. It can be quite over-powering so a little goes a long way!
I added some hemp protein to the recipe as I wanted a boost after a run, as well as upping my protein intake as I feel as though I am not meeting my daily requirements. This is optional, but I love using it for this smoothie as it is rich in Omega 3 too, sneaking in some essential fats into your green glass of goodness.
Makes 1 portion
1 cup spinach
1 cup cold water
1/2 tsp freshly grated root ginger
1/2 medium apple, sliced
1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp hemp protein powder (optional)
1. Blend together the spinach and water.
2. Add the apple slices, ginger and frozen banana; blend together.
3. Lastly, add the hemp protein and flax and blend until all components have been broken down.
I have found that blending the ingredients in stages, particularly green smoothies or those incorporating vegetables into the mix, results in smoother smoothies.
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