Thursday, 21 January 2016

Smoothie Time

Christmas seems to have had a drinks theme for me this year (and I'm not thinking of the alcoholic kind - though there may have been a few of those too!). I have already enthused about Pingu the Coffee Machine, and I am now starting most days with a smoothie for breakfast thanks to my new Breville Blend-Active smoothie maker which was a gift from senior daughter. I have a Bamix wand blender which is industrial strength and can tackle anything, but I am amazed how much easier it seems to just throw a selection of ingredients into a bottle, slot it onto the machine, press the button until everything smooshes together, put on a lid and go. This month breakfast most days has been a smoothie which I drink in the car on the way to work, sipping whenever I am stuck at a red light. Love, love, love my smoothies. I have even been adventurous and included green smoothies. Here are a few of the combinations I have been enjoying:

High protein peanut butter - milk, peanut butter, banana, berries, porridge oats, a little honey
Frozen green - Waitrose frozen green smoothie mix (kale, spinach, mango, banana), apple juice
Yoghurt and blueberry - Greek style yoghurt, milk or almond milk, banana, frozen blueberries
Green strawberry - kale, spinach, apple or orange juice, frozen strawberries
Chocolate peanut butter - almond milk, peanut butter, banana, chocolate Nesquik
Pale green protein - baby spinach, almond milk, protein powder, banana, tinned mandarins with a little juice

Mostly I have just been throwing in whatever takes my fancy. Eldest daughter also gave me a book of smoothie recipes which I haven't even started on yet! Do you have any favourite smoothie combinations?


  1. Oh! I used to love smoothies and they were a regular part of my dietary intake .... Mostly of a variety similar to what you've shared here ... Hmm, perhaps we'll put in the meals rotation. The teens could use a new kitchen challenge (they man the kitchen, not I).

  2. My daily smoothie combo is spinach, flax seeds, full fat greek yoghurt, banana, orange (sometimes an apple), tinned prunes, frozen berries - raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and occasionally mango or peaches. Actimel plus water to thin.

    I've made it with vegan protein powder and almond milk but have gone back to dairy.

    The throw it all in and whizz it is a favourite here too.