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It can be tricky to get in your 5 a day but we've left you with no excuse. These healthy, simple, and absolutely delicious smoothies are full to the brim with nutritious fruit and veg; great for filling you up for a light breakfast or even a snack on the go. All you need to do is whack the ingredients in a smoothie maker, blender or food processor and voila!

Totally Tropical

Close your eyes whilst you drink this one and it'll be like you're sitting on a beach, sipping a fruity cocktail while the waves lap at your feet. Okay, well perhaps not that amazing, but this smoothie is sure to remind you of holiday adventures with its tropical flavours and kick of coconut!

  • 2 rings of pineapple
  • ½ small mango
  • ½ avocado
  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of kale
  • 50ml natural yoghurt
  • 200ml coconut milk

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Choca-Mocha Frappuccino

Can't cope without your morning kick of caffeine? Why not try coffee and a light breakfast, all in one? Now there's no need to hit up Starbucks on your way to the office; you can make it yourself at home, and this one is actually good for you! Just make sure you let the coffee cool before popping it in the blender.

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 shot of espresso (or a small, but strong, cup of coffee)
  • 150ml coconut or almond milk
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional; you can use 1 tbsp cocoa powder instead)
  • 2 dates, pitted

Credit: Sam Neades

Berry Blast

Perfect for post-workout, this smoothie combines multi-vitamin goodness, low-GI carbs to help you recover faster (and stay fuller for longer) and important muscle-building protein.

  • 1 small banana
  • Large handful of berries (blueberries & strawberries work well but the choice is yours)
  • 2-3 tbsp oats
  • 1 tsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 200ml almond milk (or cow's milk for a little extra protein)
  • 100ml Greek yoghurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional; but if you do add this, use a little extra liquid)

Credit: Pixabay

Summertime Strawberry-Mango

This fruity smoothie is one of my favourites, and it's really simple to make.

  • ½ mango
  • 10 large smoothies
  • 1 small banana (optional)
  • Large handful of spinach
  • 100ml Greek yoghurt (optional)
  • 150ml water

Credit: Sam Neades

And now for a treat...

Choco-Peanut Delight

If you like peanut butter, you'll love this one. Try freezing your banana before blending and you'll honestly feel like you're having a super naughty milkshake, but it's totally healthy!

  • 1 large banana
  • 200ml milk (full-fat cow's milk works best)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 dates, pitted (optional)
  • Chocolate sprinkles, to top (optional)

Credit: Pixabay

Written by Samantha Neades / Personal Trainer / Cheltenham Women's Fitness

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