28 November 2016
Whether you love them or loathe them, it wouldn’t be Christmas without our old festive friend – the sprout. While we’re used to serving them up alongside our turkey and cranberry sauce, this year Greene King has teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support’s Health and Fitness Ambassador, Andrew Cooper (aka Juiceman), to develop a delicious tasting sprout-filled smoothie, to help you get your greens this festive season.
Packed with incredible nutritional benefits, including antioxidant nutrients, B vitamins and plenty of fibre, the Sproutie is a great way to give yourself an immune boost while on the go throughout December - and if you don’t fancy making your own, the drink will be available at The George Pub in Southwark, London on Monday 5th December between 2pm and 4pm with any donations for the green drink going to charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Greene King - the UK's largest pub retailer and brewer - has estimated it will be serving up over three quarters of a million (almost 770,000) portions of sprouts alongside its Christmas dinners this year – making a total of over 2 million sprouts! If you want to try yours a different way, check out Andrew’s recipe below.
The ‘Sproutie’ Recipe
- 6x sprouts
- 1x orange (peeled)
- 1/4 pineapple (peeled and cored)
- 1/2 banana (peeled)
- 1/2 avocado (peeled and destoned)
- 1x lime (peeled)
- Pinch of cayenne
- 1 cup of water
Combine all ingredients and a cup of water in a blender and blend until smooth.
*Add more water if needed.
Jill Scott, a registered Dietitian at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “The Sproutie smoothie can help you achieve your five a day with this delicious blend of vegetables and fruit. It’s a great source of antioxidant nutrients including vitamins C, E and beta carotene, good for a healthy immune system. The addition of seasonal sprouts also boosts essential fibre and energy releasing B vitamins including folate. With healthy fats from the avocado, the Sproutie is a winning, nutritious addition to your Christmas menu.”
Zoe Davidson, director of food buying at Greene King, said: “We go through millions of sprouts every year, and after realising their health benefits, we wanted to find a way to make sprouts delicious – even if you normally loathe them!
“Andrew has been kind enough to make this incredible recipe to help us get as many people eating sprouts as possible, all while raising money for our charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Greene King has been in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support since 2012, raising vital funds to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone this Christmas. So far the partnership has raised over £2.6million for people affected by cancer.
For further information
Laura Williams – Assistant Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 3583 (out of hours 07801 307 068)
Notes to editors
- Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs 44,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
- It operates 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of w hich c.
1,800 are retail pubs, restaurants, and hotels, and 1,200 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.
- Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries, and is the UK’s leading cask ale brewer and premium ale brewer with brands such as Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.
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