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Smoothies: Fierce fruits and Graceful greens

Tasty and delicious and equally nutritious! Smoothies have rocked the health and fitness world for many years. Packed full of goodness, smoothies give you a daily dose of what your mind and body needs. In doing so, they help to support a strong yoga practice.

That’s why this week, during our month of healthy choices, we have put together some of our favourite smoothies for you to enjoy! So get raiding Brixton’s markets for the finest fruit and veg and get blending!

Brixton Berry Bonanza
With its vibrancy, energy and bustling atmosphere, this berry extravaganza captures our beloved Brixton in a cup. Feel your taste buds explode!

1 handful blueberries
1 handful strawberries
1 handful raspberries
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp flaxseeds
1 tsp hemp seeds
¼ tsp cinnamon

Seeds are a great addition to your smoothie, adding extra vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. After your next class, nip into Brixton Wholefoods, just around the corner from the studio at 59 Atlantic Road and see which ones get your juices flowing!

Fierce Grace Green Goodness
For your everyday staple smoothie, with some fierce flavour and some graceful goodness, go green! You’ll feel the difference immediately – pretty much the same as hot yoga!

Half a banana (frozen if you would like it more chilled)
¼ cucumber
1 / 2 sticks celery
Handful of spinach
Half a dozen almonds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 / 2 scoops protein powder (optional)
Splash of unsweetened almond milk, topped up with water
Adding protein powder to your smoothie is a great idea after class in order to repair and replenish muscles, plus it will keep you going until lunch. Our Arbonne protein powders available to buy at the studio are made from split pea. They provide 20g of vegan protein, delivering vital amino acids to support muscles, plus 20 essential vitamins and minerals and a low glycemic index.

Classic Cleansing Cosmopolitan
Simply heaven in a cup. The perfect way to replenish after a strong Classic!

½ or whole avocado
½ or whole banana
1 small orange
1 tbsp honey

Avocados are a strong foodie favourite, almost what you could now describe as a cult! Remember that the stone actually contains 70% of the fruit’s antioxidants – to read more, read our blog here.

Deep Core Date Daiquiri
Dates are full of soluble and insoluble fiber and amino acids therefore helping to regulate the digestive functions of the body. They also include copper, potassium, zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamins B and K. And they are delicious.

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp oats
2-3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
¼ to ½ tsp ground cinnamon, to taste
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
4-5 ice cubes to chill

This smoothie includes more than 8g of protein but you can add more vanilla protein powder to boost it up to 20g. Perfect for post-Deep Core-power-up to nourish those worked muscles and tissues!

Flaxseed Fix

Flaxseeds might be small but they pack a good nutritional punch! See the analogy? Like our own Fix, working incredible magic in record time, you could call them the “Fix” of the seed family! 1 tablespoon of flaxseed will add some protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, including potassium for your heart and iron and zinc for your immune system. Plus a few grams of unsaturated fats and inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids. You can buy ground flaxseeds from Brixton Wholefoods or put whole ones in a coffee grinder.

220 ml coconut water
1 handful almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 apple
½ scoop unsweetened protein powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds


Wild WooWoo

Take a walk on the Wild side and re-vitalise with this cocktail-inspired smoothie that will satisfy your exotic Mojito taste-buds… but avoid the headache.

2 cups ice
1 cup coconut milk
2 small limes
Handful of fresh mint
1 – 2 tbsp honey

Nidra Negroni

Although smoothies are generally enjoyed to keep you zinging during the day, there are also some soothing smoothies out there. This one contains some great ingredients to ensure you’re soon counting sheep after a Sunday night Nidra!
1 cup chilled chamomile tea
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1 cup coconut milk
Handful of almonds
1 tsp honey
1 tsp nutmeg

The anti-inflammatory qualities of herbal compounds help to calm digestive systems which are ailing under stress. Bananas are high in B-complex vitamins that calm the nervous system, the muscle-relaxant magnesium and also contains melatonin and serotonin to help you sleep soundly. Nutmeg has rejuvenating qualities whilst honey has been used for years as a natural sleep aid.

Got any favourite smoothies? Share them with us! We would love to hear from you!

Fierce Grace Brixton goes bananas…

Huzzah! March is here and Spring’s on its way!

For those of you who practiced with us this Monday 29th February, you’ll have enjoyed our free fruit give-away of 29 bananas, 29 apples and 29 oranges to celebrate a whole extra day of the year to practice yoga! We’ve since been feeling a little bit fruity, so this week we are bringing you some sweet facts about your lunchbox favourites:

Useless but nevertheless fun facts about bananas

·      The clever name for the banana is musa sapientum, meaning “fruits of the wise men”… We knew it.

·      Bananas were initially brought to the Americas in 16th century from West Africa by Portuguese sailors – bananas, we had no idea you were so exotic!

·      Bananas gained their popularity at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Celebration where they were sold in foil wraps

·      Fyffes, the British Banana supplier, received its first order in 1888.

·      There are almost 1,000 varieties of bananas worldwide, growing in over 150 countries, producing 105 tonnes a year.

·      More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year globally, making it the 4th most popular agricultural product.

·      In the UK, we average 10kg bananas a year per person, about 100 each and collectively over 5 billion.

·      Uganda is the highest consumer of bananas, with an average of 500 pounds of bananas per person per year. In fact, the Ugandan word for food ‘matooke’ means both ‘banana’ and ‘food’.

·      India and China are the largest producers of bananas.

·      Bananas grow on plants, rather than trees, which are actually classified as a herb, making them the world’s largest herb. They are also classified as berries.

·      Banana plants can grow up to 25ft high with leaves measuring over 9ft long and roots over 100 years old.

·      About 75% of banana’s weight is water, where as apples are made up of 25% air. Both fruits therefore float in water, as do watermelons.

Useful fun facts about bananas

·      The riper a banana gets and the greater the amount of brown spots forming on the skin (the point that most of us aim our ripe bananas at the dustbin), the higher the amount of TNF they contain. Tumor Necrosis Factor is a chemical which has the ability to rebalance abnormal cells within the body, combating tumour cell growth.

·      Full of antioxidants, bananas boost our immune system and increase our production of white blood cells.

·      A low glycemic carbohydrate, they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Our body converts the high levels of the protein tryptophan into serotonin which helps us to relax and maintain a happy mood!

·      The low sodium, high potassium ratio contributes to healthy hearts and blood pressure; Eat your heart out!

·      Rub the inside of a banana skin on a mosquito bite and the natural oils will stop it itching and reduce inflammation. Apply it also to a burn for a speedy recovery or fix it on top of a splinter so as the natural enzymes can draw the offending item to the surface of the skin!
The inside of the peel can also whiten teeth and shine your shoes!

Ultimate banana tip: Peel a banana from the other way up to avoid the stringy bits! GAME CHANGER

Stay healthy and living life with Fierce Grace! x