The big fat green smoothie

I’ve never had a kale smoothie before and I decided to try out this VegFestUK recipe. Safe to say the family-sized bag of kale I now own wont be going to waste. I’m more one for a fruit smoothie but the subtle hint of ginger alongside the banana was quite refreshing so much so I’ve made one for tomorrow’s breakfast. I did have to forgo one or two ingredients like cucumber, hence why mine isn’t as green and I wasn’t able to get to a health food shop after work and my local supermarket doesn’t stock baobab powder unfortunately, but it hit the spot nonetheless and the protein hit will be perfect for me after my morning walk.

Handful of kale leaves
Small piece of cucumber
Juice of half a lemon
Small piece of ginger (sliced)
1 teaspoon of Yaoh hemp protein powder
1 teaspoon of baobab powder
1 teaspoon of chlorella powder
1/2 pint of coconut water
2 bananas (sliced)

Simply place all the ingredients into your blender, Nutribullet, Kenwood, Breville or other fashionable counter top accessory, and just blend until smooth.

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Is anyone heading to VegFestUK in London this weekend? I’m tempted to go as there will be such a selection for the veggie-curious! Details below for those of you who want to head to Olympia Saturday and Sunday and tuck into free gourmet samples including cheese and raw chocolate thanks to the likes of Tyne Chease, Ombar (I recently visited their factory and was in heaven!) and Pudology.

VegFest Info
This prestigious annual event boasts 15 specialist caterers with exceptional global cuisines. Gillie Food will be providing their unique range of oriental dishes including ‘duck’, ‘pork’, and sweet and sour. BangWok will be offering delicious Thai street food, including the perfect pad Thai and Dosa Deli will be serving up South Indian dosas incorporating seasonal flavours from many countries.

Global Fusion is a creole vegan bakery that will be serving up an appetising range of bread, tarts and cakes, while Happy Maki will be providing sushi street food with a difference; seasoned rice combined with traditional flavours of ginger, wasabi and seaweed, that is also sustainable.

The show also features entertaining cookery demos from top nutritionist, chef, presenter and author, Christine Bailey and Vegan Society chef from Shambhu’s Catering, Nishma Shah. Plus there’s a living raw prep zone featuring raw food guru, Kate Magic, and Rocking Raw Chef, Barbara Fernandez, amongst others.

The event includes over 200 stalls full of top-notch food, bodycare, cosmetics and fashion, special discounts, celebrities and special guests as well as high-profile speakers from all over the world. Not to mention a performance area with comedy and live music, talks on nutrition, health, campaigns and lifestyle, a cinema, a TeenVGN zone, kids entertainment and kids cookery classes with Captain James Tea Cook – if you don’t get reference I’m disappointed.

VegfestUK London opening hours are 11am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is by both advance tickets and payment on the gate. Advance tickets are £10 (standard), £6 (concessions). Tickets on the gate are £12 (standard), £8 (concessions). Entry to the event is free for kids under 16’s.


Credit for recipe: organisers of VegfestUK Brighton, Bristol and London and Vegfest Scotland.

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