Lola Berry’s big green smoothie

When I realised I was a health nerd, green smoothies were one of the first things that became a daily ritual. I’m now certain that there are as many green smoothie combos as there are people in the world! This is one, from my recently released book The 20/20 Diet Cookbook (Plum; $34.95) is my favourite combo, but feel free to tweak ingredients to suit you. I like mine in a bowl, but if you want yours in glass, add some more coconut water. This one is worthy of a hashtag (#yumbo) and putting up on all your social media pages!

The Big Green One Smoothie

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Serves 2

Tips

Don’t forget to peel your bananas before you freeze them. Also, soaking cashews overnight makes them easier to digest, but no sweat if you don’t soak them — they’ll still taste amazing. And if you don’t have any shredded coconut for the top, desiccated is totally fine. Lastly, if you’re not a fan of medjool dates, substitute 2 tablespoons of raw honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar.

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas

75 g (½ cup) cashews, soaked and rinsed

170 g (4 cups) baby spinach leaves

1 large avocado

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

6 medjool dates, pitted

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

500 ml (2 cups) coconut water

To Serve

30 g (¼ cup) pumpkin seeds

30 g (¼ cup) goji berries

15 g (¼ cup) shredded coconut

Maple syrup

Method

  1. Place the frozen narnies, cashews, baby spinach, avocado, coconut oil, desiccated coconut, medjool dates, cinnamon and coconut water into the blender and whizz it all up. The longer you process it, the smoother it will be. Depending on the power of your blender, it should take 30–60 seconds to get a nice consistency.
  2. Pour into bowls, top with pumpkin seeds, goji berries and shredded coconut, and drizzle with a touch of maple syrup.
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Lola Berry
Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and wholefoods and there's little Lola won't to do to get her message across: eating and living well is easy and fun! Lola's enthusiasm is contagious and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia's most popular nutritionists. She is constantly finding creative ways to help people make small achievable changes in their lives in order to better their health. Lola grew up in a family where health and fitness were celebrated, but by no means a focal point. It wasn't until experiencing her first 'summertime detox' as a teenager that Lola recognised what a huge impact food had on health and wellbeing. Within a few years Lola had completed her Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Armed with enthusiasm and tonnes of ideas, Lola made it her mission to help as many people as possible live a healthy, fulfilled life. In 2007, Lola began posting videos full of health tips, nutritional advice and easy, accessible recipes. People responded to her quirky approach and her ‘Fruits and Roots’ webisodes soon led to regular TV appearances and her first book, Lola Berry's Inspiring Ingredients. Lola kept up with her engaging blog and informative e-newsletters and her online following continued to grow. In 2012 Lola released, The 20/20 Diet, which became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. Lola’s follow-up book, The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, is full of delicious recipes and health creations and has already gone into reprint (even though it was only released in February 2014). Today, Lola is a regular guest on various TV and radio shows and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.