This ‘Healthy-Tasting’ Smoothie is packed with superfoods! It’s no Chocolate Milkshake but when enjoyed cold, this healthy drink leaves you feeling light and refreshed.
Strawberries: One serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C—about half of your daily requirement. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant.
Apples: Are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Spinach: Is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline.
Whey Protein Powder: Milk is made of two proteins, casein and whey. Whey protein can be separated from the casein in milk or formed as a by-product of cheese making. Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content.
Cinnamon: Is rich in antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection.
Ground Flaxseed: (Also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.
Chia Seeds: Are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Goji Berries: Are high in vitamin C and fiber, and low in calories. They are also a good source of iron and vitamin A.
1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Golden Delicious Apple – Chopped into smaller chunks, with skin
1/2 Cup Rinsed Baby Spinach
2 Tbsp Whey Protein Powder (Or Lactose free alternative)
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Flaxseed
1 Tsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Goji Berries
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Powder (I’ve only found this one from Woolworths)
1 Tsp Xylitol
1 Cup Cold Water
1/2 Cup Ice Cubes
Place all the ingredients, starting with the liquid first, into your blender. Blend until smooth.
In a Kenwood Mixer (Or other mixer) soften the butter and add the Xylitol.
Add the Flour to the mixer in 3 stages until all combined. Then stop the mixer and use your hands to rub the butter into the flour.
Change to the dough hook attachment on your mixer. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs, buttermilk and honey.
Mix until the a dough has formed and all ingredients are fully combined.
If you want sliced rusks: use spray & cook (or butter) to grease a shallow baking tray (about 3-5 centimeters deep); press dough into the tray.
If you want chunky rusks: roll the dough into balls or rolls and place in a baking dish with edges.
Bake in the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 30-40 minutes until golden and the cake poker comes out clean.
Remover from the oven. If you are making sliced rusks, cut the rusks into the desired size and remove from the baking tray and place on a wire cooling rack. If you are making chunky rusks remove from the baking tray and place on a wire cooling rack.
Turn your oven down to 70 degrees Celsius and place the wire rack onto a baking tray and put into the oven. Leave the oven door open slightly to allow for air flow and bake (to dry out) for 3 hours until the rusks are dry and crispy (like a rusk).