Smoothies

 

Blueberry, Cashew & Macadamia Milk Smoothie

- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 avocado
- 2 TBS raw cashews
- 1 medjool date
- 1/2–1 cup macadamia milk


1. Blend until smooth and serve.
2. Top with edible rose petals if desired.

 

Blackberry and Basil Smoothie

- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 heaped tablespoon of chopped basil (or more if you desire)
- 1/4 avocado
- 2 TBS coconut yoghurt
- 1 medjool date
- 1/2 cup ice
- 3/4 cup preferred milk


1. Blend until smooth and serve. 

 

Vanilla Protein and White Peach Smoothie

- 1 banana, chopped
- 1 white peach, chopped and pitted
- 2 TBS Four Protein Vanilla Bean Protein Powder
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/4 an avocado
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 cup preferred organic milk (or more if you like it less thick)


1. Blend until smooth and top with shredded coconut and bee pollen (optional).

*Four Protein is an Australian owned and based premium protein powder manufacturer. It contains only 4 ingredients, is gluten free and is sweetened with Nativia.

 

Raspberry, Coconut and Macadamia Smoothie

- 1 frozen banana
- 1.5 cups frozen raspberries
- 3 TBS coconut yoghurt
- 1 TBS raw macadamia nuts
- 1 TBS raw honey
- ½ cup almond milk


1. Blend all the ingredients except the macadamia nuts until smooth.
2. Top with macadamias and serve.

 

Raw Chocolate MudShake

- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 cup organic almond milk (more if consistency is too thick)
- 2 heaped TBS organic raw cacao powder
- organic cacao nibs to top


1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and thick.
2. Top with a pinch of extra cacao powder and nibs.

 

Super Berry Smoothie

- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1tsp acai powder
- 1tsp dried goji berries
- 2 TBS coconut yoghurt
- 1 cup almond milk


1. Blend until smooth, top with fresh strawberries and blueberries if desired.

 

Fresh Awards, Green Grocer Story – Bannie Williams

I’ll admit, filling my shopping trolley with the likes of kale, organic fruit and almond milk gives me a serious health-nerd rush. I feel more vital simply looking at these ingredients and inspired to create ‘Instagram worthy’ meals (which cost a small fortune to make).

We live in a society where food choice is abundant, yet the cost of nutritious food exceeds the likes of packaged cereals, fast food and confectionery. Additionally, terms such as gluten free and paleo are plastered everywhere we look, making it overwhelming and almost frightening to make what we perceive to be “healthy choices”.

However, there are a few tricks of the trade which can assist in overcoming these challenges and help sustain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

Going back to basics is my first recommendation. Choosing to consume a diet that is rich in natural and plant based foods trumps all. This has been proven effective by research and medical practitioners across the globe and can decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes.

Part of this is making the decision to shop locally, seasonally and preferably organic. Utilising seasonal produce not only costs less, but decreases food miles, greenhouse gases and supports local and Australian farmers. Organic produce helps decrease the ingestion of harmful chemicals and pesticides as well as preserve the planet. The taste of seasonal produce is also far more flavoursome and gives food a superior texture and appearance.

Getting to know your local Greengrocer can lead you on the right path. Ask the questions: “Where is this grown?” and “Is it pesticide free?”. Greengrocers are a great resource and an incredible wealth of knowledge about the quality of locally grown produce available in store.

Practicing the ritual of sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients is not only rewarding, but it nourishes the body, mind and the planet. It can also be practiced whilst travelling and can be a wonderful way to experience the produce which thrives within the district.

One of my favourite places to visit in New South Wales is Byron Bay. I love the simplicity of the lifestyle and my first stop is always Green Garage. This hub of vibrant and healthy food pride themselves on sourcing quality produce which grows within the region. For farmers of dairy products and crops, the surrounding hills of Byron Bay has red, rich soil, plenty of rainfall and is “truly a gourmet’s paradise”.

The team at Green Garage are an eclectic mixture of foodies, musicians and surfers who are equally passionate about creating a healthy sanctuary for their community. Whether they are slinging smoothies, making fresh organic coffee, or hanging at the counter, the staff encourage you to “dance amongst the veggies and funk your way to the registers, like they do every day”.

Amongst the rows of fruit and vegies at Green Garage, you will find an abundance of local macadamias, pecans, natural beauty products and even an in-house chef who will cook your dinner whilst you shop! Green Garage is a concept which defines the philosophy of “keeping it local”.

Giving back to the community is as simple as supporting local businesses. In a world where we are flooded with foods and products which can be detrimental to our health and destructive to our planet, forget the supermarkets, shop local.

Find a Greengrocer for an oasis of all that is good.

Green Garage
63 Tennyson Street, Byron Bay



Green Monster Smoothie

This smoothie is the perfect hydrating snack. Apples are especially good in Autumn and most of the ingredients can be purchased from your local Greengrocer.

- 1 green apple
- ¼ avocado
- 1 cup spinach
- 8 raw almonds
- 1 cup coconut water

1. Blend until smooth and serve.

This recipe was originally published in The Smoothie Manifesto, by Bannie Williams.