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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!

Best part of the Avocado you probably throw away

Frequently found ‘smashed’ on artisanal sourdough or in guacamole form in Brixton’s tastiest Mexican restaurants, the humble Avocado has become a thing of cult status, featured on many an instagram feed.

At FG, we love them too; in smoothies, on crackers – you name it. Imagine our shock when we found out that we could be throwing away the best part? The avocado seed!

Apparently the seed contains 70% of the fruits antioxidants, which is more antioxidants than most fruits and veggies on the market and polyphenols like green tea, plus they are full of more soluble fibre than just about any other food.

Pennsylvania State University recently launched a study on the benefits of avocado seeds and found that the phenolic antioxidant compounds in the seeds may lower high cholesterol, high blood pressure, reduce inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and boost your immunity. The seeds even have insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties.

Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed.” – Dr. Tom Wu

Dr. Wu has earned the “Remarkable Contribution” award from the American Cancer Society and the “World Famous Doctor” award from the United Nations for his breakthroughs with diabetes and cancer.

Avocado seeds have more soluble fibre than even top tier fibre providers. It has antioxidants that help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to prevent tumour growth. Additionally, the oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin, keeping it young and wrinkle-free, as well as shining up the hair so that we remain good-looking, too.

So what’s the best way to eat the seed? Cut the seed out as usual and slice it into quarters, then pop it in a high-speed blender until it becomes powder. The easiest way to get the benefits of avocado seeds is to add them to a smoothie or a juice. It won’t affect the taste and makes it a little bit richer and thicker.

Here’s a great recipe using the whole Avocado:

Avocado Seed Green Goddess Smoothie

1 cup nut milk or water

1 ripe pear

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

½ Hass avocado

½ Hass avocado seed

Small piece ginger grated

½ apple

Whizz in a high-speed blender and enjoy!

So next time your fancy some gorgeous creamy avocado, hold onto that seed that makes you glow.