Smooth Operator

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Sally Obermeder shares two of her wholesome, weekend-ready green smoothie recipes

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“Life is not about achievements, it’s about living,” says Sally Obermeder on set. Sage words from the 41-year-old cancer survivor who’s CV more closely resembles a novel, given the plot twisting career changes and breadth of experience.

From investment banker to TV host, author and founder of lifestyle luxe-for-less website SWIISH, Sally has her hand in the gamut of creative mediums. Most recently she added smoothie connoisseur to the list. Her book of 60 green smoothie recipes, which she co-authored with her sister Maha Koraiem and initially self-published, has just been released by Allen & Unwin.

Though she has always lived by similar health principles to those she espouses in the book, Sally credits some of her healing, post chemotherapy, to including far more leafy greens in her diet.

“Even if you’re healthy you can still get sick,” she says, drawing from her own experience. “There are no guarantees, but at least I know hand on heart that I am doing all that I can… I am eating well, I am eating clean and also what’s important for me is that I have heaps of energy.”

Keep reading for two of Sally’s recipes, Mango Magic and Green-a Colada. We don’t know about you, but we’ll be whipping these up this weekend and pretending it’s summer.

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Mango Magic 

This smoothie is…
– Detoxifying
– Good for your hair, skin and nails
– Antioxidant-rich
– Good for your digestion
– Good for boosting energy

Serves 1

Ingredients:
90 g (2 cups) baby spinach
1 frozen banana
185 g (6½ oz/1 cup) chopped mango
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) vanilla almond milk or soy milk

Method:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Green-a Colada

This smoothie is…
– Detoxifying
– Antioxidant-rich
– Immunity-boosting
– Good for your digestion
– Good for boosting energy

Serves 2

Ingredients:
135 g (3 cups) baby spinach
320g (2 cups) chopped pineapple*
1 frozen banana
Large handful of mint leaves
250 ml (1 cup) coconut water
250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk

*Fresh pineapple is ideal, but drained tinned pineapple is fine.

Method:
Place the baby spinach, pineapple, banana and mint in a blender, add the coconut water and coconut milk and blend until smooth.

 

Read our full interview with Sally in Issue 22 of the Collective. These recipes are an extract from Super Green Smoothies by Sally Obermeder and Maha Koraim, published by Allen & Unwin (RRP$19.99).  

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