Vitamin-rich smoothies can can help beat January blues

Kevin Bingham prepares a berry smoothie. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (124130-138)
Kevin Bingham prepares a berry smoothie. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (124130-138)

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After all the celebrating, eating and drinking, your body will no doubt be wanting to feel a bit more ‘normal.’ After all, your body is a temple.

So now it’s time to detox and we all have our own way of doing this. People tend to go to the gym hard for a couple of months, give up the alcohol for a month or even follow a strict diet to restore their bodies’ nutrients.

For me, nothing helps more than a vitamin-rich smoothie packed with loads of fruit and some yoghurt or milk. It’s a perfect accompaniment to your detox plan for the coming weeks.

As you may have guessed, the smoothie is my choice because it is so versatile and you can add pretty much anything to it. A personal favourite of mine is bananas, apples, goji berries, sunflower seeds and yoghurt. The combination works really well on a couple of levels as the flavours are brilliant but, more importantly, the ingredients themselves each bring something to the table.

I am a firm believer in healthy living and I try to get to the gym three or four times a week. I also eat a strict diet to coincide with going to the gym and it does make a real difference, especially as I work such long hours and need to be physically and mentally alert pretty much 24/7.

With Christmas, it has been harder to keep up my regime. So here’s to being healthy for the new year, or at least until that indulgent head rears once again.

· Kevin Bingham is chef patron of Restaurant 27 in Southsea. Call (023) 9287 6272.

DETOX DEVILISH OR HEAVENLY SMOOTHIES

Utensils:

Spatula

Knife

Equipment:

Food blender

Serving glass

Devilish recipe:

Half a pint of full fat milk

One scoop of chocolate ice cream

One handful of strawberries

One handful of raspberries

Chopped nuts

Take the berries and halve them.

In the blender, pour in the milk and add the fruit.

Blend until fruit is completely broken down and then add the ice cream and blend until ice cream is fully mixed in.

To serve, pour mixture in to your glass and garnish it with a sprinkling of nuts.

Heavenly recipe:

A half-pint of semi-skimmed milk

One scoop of natural yoghurt

A handful of blueberries

A sprinkle of goji berries

Half a banana

A handful of strawberries

One sprig of mint

Take the strawberries and cut them in half.

Cut the banana into bite-size chunks.

In the blender pour in the milk and then add all the fruits .

Blend them until smooth, and then at this point add the yoghurt and blend until completely mixed together.

To serve, pour the smoothie mixture into the glass and garnish with one sprig of fresh mint.