Protein berry smoothie

Here berries are mixed with beans. This may sound off-putting, but the beans, along with the yoghurt and linseeds, add valuable protein and substance, as well as all-important omega-3s, making the smoothie much more filling and sustaining. Cannellini beans have such a gentle flavour, I promise you won’t know they’re there, and they’re a great aid to lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol. Keep them in a bowl in the fridge and add to any smoothie. Adjust the number of dates according to your preferred level of sweetness.

For 3 (750ml)

  • 250g summer fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries – out of season, frozen is fine)
  • 200g live natural yoghurt
  • 300ml coconut water
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tinned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon milled organic linseeds
  • 2-4 stoned dates
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh root ginger
  • Ice (optional)

Put all the ingredients (apart from the ice) into a blender and blitz.

Pour into three glasses, with or without ice, and serve.

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