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I'm not the best at having breakfast with being a busy mum and always on the go, so sometimes I just blitz myself smoothies, this way I can take them with me and I also know that I'm getting something healthy inside me too.
These two recipes have to be some of my favourites to make as they are quick, cheap and yummy to make. After experimenting I finally came up with these 2:
1 cup milk
1 cup vanilla yoghurt
4 large strawberries (or 1 cup of frozen strawberries)
1 small banana chopped up
Pop them all in a blender and blitz for one minute. This serves one but obviously you can make multiples, I find it slightly more indulgent with a scoop of icecream on top. For my second recipe:
1 small banana chopped up
A handful of blueberries
1/2 cup of natural yoghurt
Separate the berries, then, and blend them. Slice the bananas and pour in some yoghurt and ice cubes. Then, blend them until they're smooth.
My 4 year old daughter can be a bit on the fussy side with eating fruit and I have found that a sure fire way to get a bit extra into her is by making smoothies!
My daughter loves helping me make smoothies, its a nice thing for us to do together soon as I do not do much baking with her (disaster!) and then we can sit and enjoy the smoothies together when we have made them.
I hope that these very simple smoothie recipes are useful for others to make with their children. They are very quick and easy to make and a good way to encourage kids to eat fruit they would not usually eat. My daughter will not eat kiwi fruit unless I make it into the green smoothie!
Strawberry & Banana Thick Smoothie
1 handful strawberries
1/4 pint milk
150g strawberry yoghurt
Put everything into a blender and whizz until smooth and thick.
Good source of vitamin C, Calcium and protein
2 Kiwi fruits, peeled and chopped
1 large slice of melon, chopped
250ml fresh apple juice
Put the fruit in the blender and puree then add the juice and blend until smooth.
Good source of vitamin C and potassium
Both recipes make 2 drinks and should be drunk straight away.
Being extremely bad with breakfasts, I usually find myself skipping it as I don't feel 'ready' to eat anything in the mornings. On a recent health kick I decided to think of some alternatives to get me a) eating breakfast and b) eating more fruit. I decided a smoothie was the way to go!
I had read in a cook book that you can put oats into smoothies, for some reason I'd never thought of this. The recipe I read was for a raspberry smoothie, it had too many ingredients for lazy me to ever contemplate making, so I set about making my own simple smoothie (have since seen that this recipe, with a few differences, is on the BBC recipe website - but mine is better!)
Milk (I use soya or normal cow's milk, semi skimmed)
Honey (best in a squeezy tub)
Oats-so-simple porridge oats (but you can use whichever you like)
A blender or hand blender --- I use a hand blender.
A microwavable bowl
A pint sized, or bigger, glass
And if you're me then you'll absolutely need a straw! (for the fun factor)
~~~~~How to make it~~~~~
I don't bother with measurements so:
- Pour the milk into your glass; leaving about an inch and a half space at the top for the extra ingredients (you can use your own discretion here).
- Then pour the milk from your glass into a microwavable bowl or container.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of oats-so-simple oats to the milk (depending on how thick you want it add less or more). This is where you can make it interesting as you can use any of the flavours - a personal favourite is the golden syrup oats-so-simple.
- Stir the mixture, place the bowl into the microwave and heat for 2 minutes (*you can skip the microwave if you want it cold - but I think it's yummy when warm).
- Take out, stir, and then blend
- Break a banana into pieces and add to the milk/oats, add a squeeze of honey, blend it all together until smooth... and serve!
*I like this smoothie warm, but you can also have it cold - I would recommend soaking the oats in the milk for 5-10 minutes first if you're doing this.
*****Preparation time is around 6 minutes*****
This breakfast smoothie will fill you up nicely and give you the energy you need to start your day. Smoothies are a good way to get fruit into your diet and a breakfast smoothie like this might be a good way of getting your kids, and yourself, to have a healthier breakfast.
I personally find this smoothie to be extremely yummy, with most of the taste coming from the oats-so-simple, especially if you've used a flavoured sachet. If you want a more banana-ry taste perhaps add more banana, or less oats. Or just have a banana smoothie instead? You can also play around with the ingredients, adding whichever fruit you like, but I find for breakfast a banana is a good choice and it works well with the milk and oats.
Thanks for reading, and if anyone tries it then I hope you love it as much as I do!
A few months ago during a conversation with my mom I mentioned that this coming New Year I was going to try and make an effort to eat better and maybe go on very small diet but I didnt want to eat these rabbit foods and horrible diet ranges they have on the shelves these days. So my mom suggested smoothies as a good substitute for some of the junk food and utter crap I eat and bought me a book with about 100 different recipes in it. I LOVE smoothies so I simply couldn't wait until the new year to try some of the recipes out and this review is a few of the one's I enjoyed the most.
Why Should I Make My Own?:
A lot of people will think that making their own is a massive effort when there are so many smoothie ranges out there now eg. Innocent but the beauty of making your own is that you can make it to your individual taste. Add whatever fruit you want and like and be really creative.
What Do I Need To Make A Smoothie?
Obviously the main thing you need is a blender/smoothie maker because without one you will be a bit screwed. Other useful tools you could have are: chopping board, knives, zesters, measuring jugs, lemon squeezer, scales etc.
Why Are Smoothies So Great?:
There are a few reasons why drinking just 1 or 2 smoothies a day can be so great for you body.
Higher Energy Levels
Can Make You Feel Better If Your Suffering From A Cold Or Flu
And Some Fruit Combinations Are Claimed To Help Prevent Diseases Such As Cancer (For Example Blueberry's Are Rich In Anti Oxidants.)
I think Ill do four recipes in this review but Ill try and do a range and not all just plain fruit ones.
This one seemed appropriate to write about given what time of the year it is.
275g blackcurrants with the stalks removed
2 blood oranges peeled and quartered
1cm/1/2 in piece ginger peeled
Crushed ice to serve over
& Extra blackcurrants for garnish (if you want to bother with that)
How To Make:
Once you have removed the stalks from the blackberries, peeled the oranges and the ginger then add them all to the blender and juice them.
Then simply pour into a glass over your crushed ice and garnish with the extra blackberries if you choose to do so.
I have tried this one and it is BEAUTIFUL!
4 ice cubes
100ml pear juice
(Extra cranberries & blueberries if you want to garnish)
How To Make:
Put you ice cubes into the blender and whizz until they are all broken up.
Then add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until its smooth.
Then you just pour into a glass (best served chilled) and garnish with the extra berries if you wish.
This one is a great way to start the morning and I bet it contains less calories than your usual morning cuppa.
200ml of ready made custard
175g of coffee ice cream
100ml of cold espresso coffee
1 tbsp of caramel syrup
A few ice cubes to serve over
& coffee beans to garnish if you decide to.
How To Make:
Put the custard, ice cream, coffee and syrup into the blender and blend until the liquid is smooth.
The you simply pour into the glass over ice and garnish.
I personally don't like the vegetable smoothies but I thought other dooyooer's might want to give it a try.
1/2 cucumber chopped
5g fresh dill
5g fresh parsley
1 green pepper, deseeded & chopped
4 spring onions trimmed
Salt and pepper to your personal taste
Ice cubes to serve over
How To Make:
Once you have prepared all your ingredients then simply place the cucumber into your blender and well blend. then add the herbs, pepper, onions and you seasoning and continue blending until smooth. Then pour into a glass over ice.
Hope you like my ideas for smoothie recipes and I really hope at least one person reads my review and trys one out. Just in case anyone wants to know I do highly recommend the book I got these recipes from and that is Smoothies! by Stella Murphy. Anyway Enjoy =]
Thanks For Reading
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Its coming into summer and its the perfect time to relax in the sun and have a lovely chilled drink. I have been a bit of a heath freak lately and have recently discovered that making my own smoothies its great fun and a brilliant source of vitamins and minerals, thats also low in fat.
When I am making my smoothies I like to use a variety of different fruits and also some low fat frozen yoghurt (ice cream).
My favourite smoothie to make includes, bananas, coconut,and raspberries, I add these ingredients into a blender along with the frozen yoghurt and then I blend them until they are liquid, though I like to make sure that there is some bits left it.
You can also use a different range of fruits in your smoothie, and experiment with them to try and find the perfect smoothie, for example try cherries and blackcurrents, cranberry and melon, or any other concoction you can think of.
Also you can up your fruit intake and try and get your 5 a day by adding 5 fruits in to you smoothie, I recommend a mix of raspberrys, lime, cranberrys, apple and blackcurrent and ofcourse non fat frozen yoghurt.
So when you need a good boost of energy or a refreshing healthy drink you should get you blender set up and make urself something different, everythings worth a try once, and if you make your own at home fresh, you can have some fun and also you will know that there is no added sugar to your drink and that all the ingredients are fresh.
Basic Banana Smoothie.
This particular recipe is only very basic, which suits my family well as they are not big smoothie fans. It is also simple enough for the kids to enjoy and helps with their five a day portion of fruit/veg.
It is quick and simple to make (as uses very few ingredients), and only produces a small froth (so can still be enjoyed through a straw). For best results, serve chilled.
1 large banana.
1 pint of milk.
1. Peel the banana and cut it into small chunks. Place them into the liquidiser.
2. Add the milk into the liquidiser.
3. Blend on a fast setting for approximately 30 seconds.
4. Pour into a jug and place into the fridge.
This recipe is easily adaptable. More banana or milk can be added to the liquidiser to suit your taste. I have also been told that it tastes nice with a spoonful of honey added as well - but I have yet to try this.
For me one of the main benefits of this type of drink (compared to shop bought banana milkshakes), is the natural ingredients it contains. You won't find any additives or preservatives in this one.
Many years ago my younger brother came up with a smoothie recipe which he called strawberry mix. Though the recipe has been modified since then, the name stuck. Its real simple and as long as you use 100% juice (no sugar added) this is a totally healthy treat.
So here we go...
2 cups of frozen Strawberries
White grape juice or apple juice
1 cup of crushed ice
I will say right up front it is not important for this recipe to precisely measure your ingredients- you will have to tinker slightly with the amounts to get the flavor you want.
1. Start with your blender and put the strawberries in. I recommend frozen strawberries as you don't have to wash them and they make the smoothie colder.
2. Chop up your bananas. If you want a sweeter smoothie, use riper bananas or just use smaller ones.
3. Use anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup of orange juice, and about 1 cup of your grape/apple juice. Either way, your goal is to use just enough to cover the strawberries. Once again, it is not important to use exact amounts, as I find it makes little difference.
4. Go ahead and blend it up. Don't worry about getting it perfectly blended, you still have to add your crushed ice.
5. After you add the crushed ice, blend it until the ice is thoroughly ground, this may take 10-15 seconds.
6. Pour in cups and enjoy! Try topping it off with whipped cream if you like.
There are a few more things I can say about this recipe:
* We used to add vanilla ice cream and/or milk. In my opinion this dulls the sweet flavor and makes it less healthy. However, you may want to give it a try.
* Experiment with other juices. I suggest you use a citrus and a non-citrus juice, which is the only way I have done it. You could also try adding other fruits.
Thanks for reading!
Note: This review is posted on Ciao under the same username.
Since embarking on my diet I've grown to love Smoothies and have one for breakfast very regularly. This recipe was originally from Jamie Oliver, I think I scribbled it down from one of his earlier programmes, and is delicious and very unusual. It serves three or four people with generous servings and should be served immediately after blending for the freshest of flavours.
FRUIT AND COCONUT SMOOTHIE
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
2 ripe mangoes
400ml coconut milk, you can buy cans of this from any of the large supermarkets
The zest and juice of 1 lime
A pinch of cardamom seeds, these need to be pounded using either a pestle & mortar or pop the seeds into a food bag and pound with a rolling pin
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO
Peel the banana and roughly chop it.
Skin the mangoes, remove the stones and chop the flesh roughly.
Put the fruit in your blender and blend together with the rest of the ingredients, ensuring that the mixture is very well blended. In my experience you should blend for as long as you think it needs and then a minute or two more!
Pour the smoothie into a tall glass, chilled if possible, and top with a small sprinkle of black pepper and a pinch of fresh lime zest.
Fantastic Banana Smoothie.
On the weekends, Me and my other half never get around to eating any breakfast - We are too often or not running around on the weekends paying the bills, checking emails, cleaning the house and doing washing and ironing and this is all before we decide where to go to do a little bit of shopping and get out of the house after a week of working. So, on the weekends we have a breakfast smoothie as a way to get through the morning before going out for lunch.
My other half bought a smoothie maker as part of a healthy diet plan for the new year and I found a way to make a fantastic banana smoothie to get one of your five fruit and vegetables a day while on the move.
What you need to have for Banana Smoothie.
4 ripe bananas.
200ml Vanilla flavoured yoghurt (can buy these at supermarkets in big times in the yoghurt and milk section)
2 table spoons of honey.
500ml of milk
A few ice cubes.
Put all ingredients Into a Smoothie blender and blend until a smooth texture. The smoothie is now ready to drink and the amount of ingredients serves two large glasses.
After reading a couple of recipe's for smoothies on here I thought I'd add a simple of my own, seeing as though a lot of my friends and family love it so much.
It's really simple and won't cost a lot.
Almost every time I read a fruit smoothie recipe somewhere they always contain yogurt and/or milk, and yet almost every person I've spoken to who has tried to make their own smoothies say they are disgusting with yogurt and/or milk in them.... and I have to agree.
I bought a smoothie maker a few years ago and for the first year hated them, and only made them because I don't often eat breakfast and thought it would be better than eating nothing. BUT every time I made one with all types of yogurt or milk in them I went off them very very quickly.
So here's the one I use almost all the time now, it is extremely refreshing in the morning, is healthy and gives you a real boost in the morning. Better still it's so easy anyone can and probably has already thought of it lol :o)
Firstly break up a large banana or two small banana's into approx one inch chunks and throw into your smoothie maker.
I pay about 15/20p a banana from Tesco
Then add a small tin (Approx 300g) of mandarin segments. I use the one's in natural juice rather than syrup, far nicer and healthier for you. Approx 55p from Tesco.
Then add 2-4 pineapple rings, you'll have to experiment to find the taste you like. I use three, plus some of the juice.
I usually buy a 432g tin of pineapple rings from Tesco for about 50p, which contains approx 10 rings, so enough to do up to 4 smoothies really.
Once all these items are in the smoothie maker I then add 5 or 6 ice cubes and blend/mix.
I usually blend mine for 2 or 3 blasts of 20-30 seconds and this crushes all the ice and makes a nice thick texture, and is delicious. It's healthy and very fruity as you would expect with nothing else added to it except for a few ice cubes.
Obviously you don't have to add the ice cubes but I find they are so much nicer cold.
At the very least you should keep the mandarins and pineapple in the fridge, but believe me the colder the better :o)
If you take into account 20p for a banana, approx 55p for the mandarins and approx. 17/18p for the pineapple chunks (At least one third of 50p) then you can see that these smoothies can be made for less than £1.00 for approx 1 pint, and I find they keep me full at least until dinner time. Not to mention the fact that they are a great start to the day, very tasty and a big chunk towards your 5 a day.
If I ever run out of pineapple rings or fancy a change I also sometimes add a few segments of grapefruit, but I find it is not quite so nice, although still nice enough to start the day with. I just prefer the way I make them now with simply pineapple, mandarins and banana.
It's very simple but try it.
I have quite a few friends now who often ask me to make them one when they come over now and my kids absolutely love them. Once more they're healthy. Especially if you buy the tins in fruit rather than syrup.
If you make one let me know what you think of it in the comments section. Would be interested to hear your views.
This seems pretty basic and obvious but please note the tips at the end
Prep: 5 minutes to prepare the fruit
Cooking time: No actual cooking, just two minutes to blend ingredients
100g/3½oz strawberries, or raspberries chopped
1 banana, peeled and chopped
150ml/5½fl oz milk
1. Put all fruit into a blender and blend until its smooth
2. Add the milk and pour into a glass to serve.
If it's not thick enough for you or just to make it more filling add two tablespoons of low fat yoghurt and garnish with a slice of strawberry or raspberry.
This is healthy and delicious. It's ideal for a quick snack, a fast way of getting two of your five-a-day or as a quick breakfast when you are short of time.
You can substitute the fruit I've used for any fruit to your taste (experiment with combinations!)
If you have fruit left over that you dont know what to do with (and are concerned its about to expire) then make larger quantities of the smoothie and then freeze (lasts for around 2.5 months). Freeze individually and you can take one container out the night before and leave on the side. In the morning it should be defrosted and ready for you to drink- just grab and go!
I love smoothies and have found they are an excellent way to get near enough your whole 5 a day into one delicious drink. Easy to make, brilliant taste and can set you up for the day!
This is not really a recipe for A smoothie but for ALL smoothies :) And hey great for those on a budget as I usually set myself a limit of about £5 a week, having a smoothie every morning, although usually I can make them for cheaper.
The basis of your smoothie should be:
150ml of fruit juice - Both tesco and asda do fruit juices which can be bought at 2 for £1.50 or some other similar promotion. I usually go to tesco so I get two and try to pick different flavours to give a little bit of variety! (1 of your 5 a day)
Yogurt - No expensive varieties needed! I go for tescos own brand 4 for 35p works a treat with 4 different flavours, pick up two of these packs to do u just over a weel :) (1 of your 5 a day)
2 peices of fruit - Essential to cram in two different peices of fruit. My favourites are banana full of energy excellent for morning time! And i usually chuck in a fairly big chunk of melon, or pineapple. Packs of banana in tescos are 79p and Melon is a little dear at £1.98 but will last you the week. The only fruit I would stay away from is Kiwi, not ideal in a smoothie I do not think! (2 -3 of your 5 a day)
Turn on the smoothie machine, stick some ice at the bottom of a pint glass and there you go! Its all about experimenting but as long as you use this layout - fruit juice, yogurt, 2 peices of fruit you cannot go wrong!
I have found if you drink this in the morning it gives you great amounts of energy. Due to all the fruity goodness in them it also helps clear skin :) Nice one!
Hope this helped anyone struggling with making smoothies :)
It seems that wherever I go these days I'm being reminded about the importance of getting the recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. I do try to eat healthily and have a good balanced diet, but I must admit I sometimes find it hard to get my 5-a-day.
I decided to give smoothie making a try after seeing a demonstration on one of the TV cooking programmes. It looked like a simple way to boost my daily fruit intake and unlike juicing, the whole fruit is used, so you get more goodness.
You can use an ordinary jug blender/liquidiser for smoothie making, although there are now lots of specialist smoothie makers on the market. The main difference I can see between the two is that smoothie makers have stirrers built in to the lid aswell as little taps on the front for easy dispensing. I chose to buy an ordinary blender as it was by far the cheapest option and it can be used for lots more than just smoothies. I picked mine up at Argos for about £20 last year, although they have come down in price and you can now buy a similar model for £15.
When I first started making smoothies I used to follow recipes to the last berry but now I tend to chuck in whatever I have in the fruit bowl! Smoothie making is a great way to use up bruised or over ripe fruit that you wouldn't necessarily fancy eating whole.
Here's an example of a simple fruit smoothie I might make (I had this one earlier!):
1 Banana (peeled & roughly sliced)
2 Small Apples (washed, roughly chopped and cored)
1 Orange (peeled)
350ml Pure Orange Juice
Put the banana, apples and orange in the blender, pour the orange juice over the top and liquidise until smooth. Simple!
This makes enough for about 3 large glasses full of average consistency smoothie. I know not everybody likes thick drinks so to make it runnier just add more juice.
I like to add ice cubes to my smoothies before I liquidise them to add an extra chill which is especially nice on a warm day.
I find the cheapest place for buying fresh fruit is at markets. My local market often does special deals on bags of fruit, especially towards the end of the day.
Canned fruits are also brilliant for smoothies. I'll quite often put canned peaches, pears or pineapple into my smoothies for something a bit different. I usually drain the juices off canned fruits but you could include them in your drink. It's really down to personal taste.
I love experimenting with different fruits (and sometimes veg!) to make tasty smoothies. I try to keep them healthy and full of fruit but I've also found some slightly less healthy (but still as tasty!) drinks that I make in my blender.
Here's one of my favourites that's really simple of make:
1 Banana (peeled and roughly sliced)
2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Put the banana and ice cream in the blender, pour the milk over the top and liquidise until smooth.
This smoothie is very similar to a banana milkshake and it's very thirst-quenching on a hot day.
As I said, I don't really follow recipes when it comes to making my smoothies, but I have picked up some good ideas and inspiration from different books and recipes. One great idea is to chop and freeze the fruit before you mix it, so you get a lovely cool drink. I have tried this with frozen blackberries and banana mixed with orange juice, it turned out to be one of my better smoothies!
I'm so glad I started making smoothies because it's turned out to be an inexpensive, easy and fun way to get an extra boost of fruit into my diet but there are some minor bad points to consider:
1. I have not found a way to store smoothies without them separating and turning brown so I have to make smoothies as and when I want one which can be a hassle. (if anyone knows of a way please let me know!)
2. Can have an adverse effect if too many are drunk in one go. I guess you can have too much of a good thing!
I'd recommended smoothie making to anybody, as I believe there's a smoothie recipe out there for all tastes!
You Choose the Fruit Smoothie
* 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit, such as blue berries, rasberries, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, bananas, etc. p
* 3/4 cup of yogurt
* 1 cup of milk
* 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
Peel the fruit, if appropriate, and cut them up into small pieces.
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and puree them together until smooth.
Pour into a chilled glass and serve with a straw.
Keep in mind that you may have to add ice or use frozen fruit if you really want to serve it cold. Also, a banana may be needed to get the smoothie to the right consistency (thick and creamy).
If you want to make your Smoothie Healthy you can choose to use these healthier ingredients:
* use nonfat yogurt
* use skim milk
* use an artificial sweetener
* add a supplement, such as Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix, to get more vitamins, minerals and calories into your smoothie
* keep the skin on when using fruits like apples and pears to get extra fiber into your smoothie
I have a smoothie at least once a week, they are a really great way to get the servings of fruit you need.
There are very few fruit and vegetables i like, so getting my 5 a day is very difficult, and i must admit, that most of the time i dont even get one.
Im not sure if haveing fruit through smoothies carries as many "points" as if you have them properly, but i cant see why not as im not squeezing the juice out, im eating all of it.
Anyway, this is my favourite smoothie at the minute, it is for one person, and fills you up, and easily classed as a meal:
1 banana, 5 strawberries, 2 tbl spoons of plain yoghurt (i use muller light vanilla) and 100 ml of skimmed milk.
I know that not many people have skimmed milk, so i can tell you it tastes the same with semi-skimmed too, but obviously skimmed is better for you. The banana in this does fill you up, the fibre in them will keep you full for longer too.
The natural sweetness of the strawberries, added to the yoghurt and milk also prevent the craving of chocolate or anything sweet afterwards!
It actually tastes great too, and i am getting some fruit! so everybody is a winner!
Try it and enjoy!