The Strawberry Walnut Swirl Smoothie is probably the most popular of all the smoothies that we serve at the FitFarms weight loss retreat. The Smoothie was created on the London Weight Loss Retreat and is also known as the Walnut Swirl.

It’s simple to make and the preparation time is under 15 minutes. You can also keep it in the fridge for 3 days after preparing with it still looking and tasting great.

First of all lets look at the ingredients and their health benefits.

Weight Loss Retreat Smoothie Ingredients and Health Benefits

300 ml Full Fat Yoghurt. We always go for full fat yoghurt because of its many health benefits which include aiding better digestion, protection against osteoporosis and supporting good heart health. It is also high in protein which helps weight loss on the FitFarms weight loss retreat.

200 grams of Walnuts. Walnuts is the nut of all nuts and that’s why we have it as part of the retreats smoothie ingredient. Walnuts have a higher antioxidant ingredient than any other nut. The health benefits of walnuts is extensive so here are just a few listed to why you should have them as part of your diet. Rich in antioxidants, high in plant based omega 3’s, decreases inflammation, promotes a healthy gut, reduces risk of cancer, helps manage type 2 diabetes, lowers blood pressure, supports good brain function to name but a few.

400 grams Frozen Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Strawberries. Berries are a super food loaded with antioxidants and a good source of fibre. Blueberries and Blackberries are the highest form of fibre out of all the berries so make sure you have them in your frozen bag of 400 grams. Berries are high in Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin K1, Copper and Folate. We use them on the weight loss retreat because they are so nutrient dense but also because they are the fruit with the lowest calories.

Decoration. I went with dried mango slices but you can also use a selection of whole berries or both.

FitFarms Weight Loss Retreat Preparation

Smoothies are relatively easy to prepare but to design so they look creative and arty is a lot harder. I went for a very simple dried mango to decorate the top. More is usually better though! You can use the same fruit to decorate the top or you can buy fresh fruit.

In a food processor whiz up the berries and a tiny bit of yoghurt to create a berry liquid. If you don’t have a food processor they are relatively cheap and there is a whole selection on Amazon.

Drizzle coconut oil over the walnuts to sweeten. Place into an oven dish and put in the oven for 15 minutes at 150 degrees.

Now you need to layer the glass. Wine glasses with wide tops are best. Start with the yoghurt then add the walnuts, drizzle in the berries and top with the yoghurt. The design part is flexible it also looks great if you put walnuts at the bottom of the glass. Decorate the top of the glass with dried mangos or berries.

275 Healthy Calories per 250 ml glass.