Making smoothies is easy once you know how, and it’s a great way to storm towards your five a day recommended amount of fruit and vegetables – especially if you start your day with a breakfast smoothie. Here are five suggestions to kick off a healthier way of life.
Basic Banana Smoothie
This one is simple and could easily become a regular. Chop one banana, one cored apple and one cored pear into a blender and top up with some soya milk (the vanilla one is sublime!). Blend and pour into a glass to enjoy.
Mixed Berry Fruit Smoothie Recipe
This recipe also starts with a banana, but you need to add 140g total berries to it as well. Choose from raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries – or even try some of each up to the total amount if you like. Add some soya milk, apple juice or even water depending on your preference and whizz the whole lot together.
Banana With Grated Ginger Smoothie
Smoothies are great for health in all kinds of ways. This one is ideal if your stomach feels a little unsettled. Combine one banana with 6oz of vanilla yogurt (ideally fat free) and add a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of fresh ginger (grated). Whizz in your blender and split this between two people.
Kale Smoothie Recipes
Kale is a great ingredient to use in a green smoothie. It can provide the base for all manner of healthy smoothie recipes as it is packed with assorted vitamins. It’s also a great source of fibre and yet has very few calories. You need a strong flavour to offset raw kale in a smoothie though – try banana, or in this case pineapple, to do the trick. This smoothie combines a couple of small handfuls of kale with a quarter of a medium sized pineapple and throws in a banana too for good measure. Top up with almond milk and blitz to enjoy.
White Almond Smoothie
Almonds may not be the biggest ingredient but this one is worth trying. Put 5 raw almonds, 1 cored apple, 1 banana, a healthy splosh of skimmed milk and 125ml natural Greek yogurt into a blender or smoothie maker. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon and blitz it all together for a refreshing start to the day.
As you can see fruit and vegetables make the basic ingredients in most smoothies. You then need to add either yogurt, milk or water to top things up and make the smoothie more fluid so you can easily drink it. There is plenty of room for experimenting here too – if you don’t want to add lots of milk you could try half milk and half water for example. Experiment with adding further flavourings too, such as cinnamon, vanilla essence or anything else that takes your fancy.
Once you get started on the smoothie making trail, you’ll end up creating your own favourite concoctions to start the day the right way every time.