By Holly Johnson

Mango, Passion & Lime Smoothie
With the Indian Summer keeping its promise and the beautiful sunshine making us glow, here’s a juicy smoothie recipe to match the weather!!!

This gut-loving blend is bursting with micronutrients
and with the addition of almonds, it’ll keep you fuller for longer! It’s crucial to add an element of protein to high-fruit smoothies as this will lower the GI, thus preventing a blood sugar spike! We don’t want that! Smooth(ie) and steady is the way!

Shopping list
1 frozen banana, 1 mango, 1 passionfruit, juice of 1 lime, fresh mint, 3 tbsp coconut milk, desiccated coconut, 100g almonds, 300ml coconut water, ice.

Blend and serve (2 servings)

No Bake, Gluten Free, Cranberry, Date & Oat Granola Bars

Get ready for it! These beauts are gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free (and totally delicious) and they consist of just 6 ingredients. I literally whizzed-up the first batch in 20 minutes and the base is perfect for tweaking; you can add just about anything to bulk-out the oats. They can be kept for up to a week once in an air-tight container (in the fridge).

Shopping list
Gluten-free oats (1.5 cups), almonds (1 cup), dried cranberries (half cup), dates (1 cup), nut butter (half cup), coconut nectar (half cup)

Whizz the dates in a food processor, toast almonds and oats until dark gold, warm nut butter and nectar in a small pan, add all ingredients together and add cranberries. Line a square tin (20cm x 20cm) and push in mixture. Leave to cool and refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into rectangles and eat!

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