Our health is precious, something we should cherish. Eat your five (or is ten now?) a day, drink water, work out. We all know these things, but when you’re knee-deep in your dissertation and reaching for another energy drink, healthy living can seem all too far away. But do not fear. This smoothie is easy to make and packed full of healthy ingredients to provide the perfect mid-week pick-me-up.


1 kiwi, peeled and cut into chunks

1 banana, peeled, frozen, and cut into chunks

1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach

1 cup unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds (or 1-2 tablespoons gluten-free oats)

4-5 large ice cubes

Activated charcoal powder (optional)


Combine the kiwi, banana, spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with the charcoal (if using).

Top Tip

Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut, preventing their absorption into the body. It helps to prevent premature ageing, whiten teeth, and can relieve bloating.