3 Healthy Shakes That Put a Halt to Afternoon Snacking

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Okay, first things first… I still hate cooking, baking and food preparation of any kind, so I’m not about to go all Nigella Lawson on you. I’ll leave that to the pros who actually know what they’re talking about. I just want to share three quick and healthy smoothie recipes (if you can class “blend X, Y, Z together” as a recipe) which I’ve been making on a near-daily basis ever since I got a Nutribullet for my birthday.

I used to turn into a snacking fiend in the afternoons, rampaging through the cupboards and eating anything I could get my hands on. But now I’ll make a smoothie around 4pm and it keeps me full (and, more importantly, away from cheese and crackers) until dinner time. Here are my favourite healthy shakes…

The Gwyneth

This is an adaptation of “Cleo’s Afternoon Shake” from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good recipe book (she suggests adding a pitted date but I can never get them to blend properly for some reason). So, instead, I mix half a frozen banana (peel first and store inside a sandwich bag to it keep safe in the freezer) with 3/4 cup of almond milk and a dollop of almond butter. The iciness makes it feel like a healthy frappuccino.

The Green Shake

Get some green goodness in you by blending a handful of spinach leaves together with a green apple, half an avocado, a squeeze of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of water. I’ve also heard coconut water is great in green smoothies, so you could add that in instead of water. I’m not sure whether there are hidden sugars in coconut water though. Anyone know?

The Berry Blend

Grab a handful of frozen berries (you can buy bags of them, readily-frozen, at most supermarkets) and blend together with a banana, a spoonful of chia seeds and 1/2 cup of water. So delicious! And, as with all of these, when drinking it I like to sing Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and dance around the kitchen.


Do you have any great smoothie recipes I should try? 

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  • yeah in summer everybody likes to have shake everyday because of hot weather and its good for health too….

  • Joy


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  • Looks yummy

  • mmmm these sound good! i haven’t used my blender in ages and i have an entire tub of almond butter that i bought when i was trying to be healthier.

    ps. coconut water is made up of around 11g of naturally occurring sugars per serving. if it is blended with high fiber veg/fruit, it can slow down the absorption of sugar

    • cocos_tea_party

      Ah good to know! Thanks.

  • So yummy!

  • Sara

    They all look so good!
    Sara http://www.afigureeight.com