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SKIN-GLOW SMOOTHIE
SERVES 1
Chia seeds and flaxseed provide essential fatty acids that will make your skin glow, and berries and pumpkin seeds help with skin cell repair and growth.

Ingredients
½–1 frozen banana, chopped
½–1 cup blueberries and/or strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons goji berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon ground fl axseed
1 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)
walnuts, pumpkin seeds and extra goji berries, to serve

Method
Place the banana, berries, coconut milk, cinnamon, goji berries, chia seeds, flaxseed, ice cubes and coconut butter (if using) in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into a glass and top with walnuts, pumpkin seeds and extra goji berries.

BOUNTY SMOOTHIE
SERVES 1
Because I love Bounty bars and wanted a healthy version!

Ingredients
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
½–1 frozen banana, chopped
3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon chia seeds
½ cup coconut or almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter or coconut butter
4 ice cubes
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum, to thicken (optional)
1–2 teaspoons stevia granules (optional)
raw cacao nibs and extra desiccated coconut, to serve

Method
Place the cacao powder, banana, coconut, dates, chia seeds, milk, butter, ice cubes, xanthan gum and stevia (if using) in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs and an extra sprinkle of desiccated coconut.

GREEN SMOOTHIE
SERVES 1
I created this smoothie to soothe all tummy troubles – mint, ginger and chia are incredibly good for the digestive system. Plus rocket, lime and cucumber are excellent detoxifiers and absolutely full of nutrients. So next time you’re feeling bloated, weighed down or just a bit under the weather, give it a try.

Ingredients
½ frozen banana, chopped
1 cup coconut water
a handful of baby spinach or rocket leaves
juice of ½ lime
½ Lebanese cucumber
1 teaspoon chia seeds
3–4 mint leaves
½ teaspoon grated ginger
4–5 ice cubes

Method
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Living the Healthy Life cover imageRecipe extracted from Living the Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel. Available 31st January, Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99. You can buy the book here.

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