Smoothies are fantastic drinks for the singer: filling, hydrating, easy to absorb, and packed with vitamins and minerals. Another benefit, they are easily portable, which makes them ideal healthy food options when gigging, on the road or doing a long recording session.
If you are pressed for time, you can buy your own smoothies, however, watch out for those made with mucus-thickening dairy or unnecessary sugar.
Here are three non-dairy smoothie recipes created especially for singers.
Throat soother smoothie or hot drink
This recipe is a version of “Golden Milk” made with super healthy turmeric, warming spices of ginger, cinnamon and black pepper and soothing honey.
1 cup/250 ml non-dairy milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp grated fresh ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
1/8tsp black pepper
1 tbsp honey
In a small saucepan and heat all ingredients except honey while stirring until spices are completely dissolved. Take off the heat and stir in the honey. Either pour into a mug and drink straight away, serve over ice or blend with ½ cup ice for a cold smoothie.
Hydrating green smoothie
Tart and a little sweet, this bright green smoothie is ideal for when you feel dehydrated. Coconut water is the secret ingredient here with its naturally occurring electrolytes and trace minerals.
1 Kiwi fruit, peeled
½ green apple
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup / 250 ml coconut water
¼ of one cucumber
½ cup frozen green grapes
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend for up to one minute, until completely smooth.
The Elvis smoothie
Banana and peanut butter was Elvis’ all-time favourite combination. I’ve added a little dark chocolate into the mix as bananas and chocolate are a well-known anxiety busting duo. Drink this before a performance to help ward off stage fright.
½ frozen banana
1 heaped tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1 cup/250ml unsweetened almond milk
2 squares of good quality dark chocolate
A couple of ice cubes
Place everything in a blender and blend just until the chocolate is all evenly broken up into tiny pieces.