Just for John

April 23, 2011

I did a short demo session today in Buxton as part of the Good Food and Drink Festival. John (a marathon runner in the audience) used his finger to make sure he got every drop of green smoothie out of the shot glass offered…

The ingredients for that smoothie was: pineapple, mango, banana, spinach and lime (actually, I forgot the lime, but it’s worth adding). And normally I would keep it simple using either mango, or pineapple.

The chocolate smoothie I mentioned is not green, but would be great to drink and refuel with after physical training.


1/2 cup sesame seeds

1 ripe banana

1 tbsp carob powder

3 dates, or 2 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup water (or more depending on how runny you like your drinks)

Blend everything together until sesame seeds have broken down and the mix is smooth and creamy. Check consistency at this stage, adding more water if you want and give it a final whizz. Pour, drink, and enjoy.

Nutrition notes:

Sesame seeds are 25% protein and have more calcium than milk, plus Omega 6. Bananas are high in potassium and fibre and very good for fluid balance (hydrating electrolytes). Carob has more natural sugar than chocolate, is a rich source of calcium and potassium, and contains no caffeine.

Let me know how you get on with it!

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