Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Recipes: Five smoothies for summer

Summer does funny things to a person's appetite. The sporadic meals at random times, oscillating from carb-heavy barbecues to sandwiches or salads eaten on a rug, on the go. It can all feel a bit out of control, can't it?

A smoothie at breakfast lays the foundations, making whatever the day brings just a bit more steady. Here are my five favourite smoothie recipes for summer.

A note on equipment: I make my smoothies in a Vitamix S30, which is one of the most powerful blenders on the market and, I have to say, blows my old NutriBullet out of the water. I remember first hearing about the Vitamix on Australian blogs and being intrigued at how highly those bloggers spoke of a blender!

As a bit of a kitchen appliance junkie (I also have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, a Kitchenaid blender, and a Magimix food processor!) I really do know a good product when I see one and I couldn't be more impressed with the Vitamix S30. From its quiet motor to the easy-to-clean blender jar and blade, this is a product that has been so carefully designed and engineered, and the results really do speak for themselves. It's been described as an industrial blender tweaked for the domestic market, and I'd agree that the level of performance is more akin to that of professional kitchen.

Let's blend!

Mango and coconut smoothie

This is a really delicious and filling breakfast smoothie, one to try if you're a fan of more exotic flavours. 

Handful spinach
1 mango, peeled and chopped
1 banana, peeled
60ml coconut milk
250ml coconut water
1/4 tsp turmeric

Blend, adding ice if you like your smoothie cool. 

Strawberry shortcake

I've tried quite hard to sneak all kinds of nutrient-rich ingredients into my kids' smoothies - sometimes they buy it, other times not. This is a failsafe recipe that always goes down a treat.

Half a cup of frozen strawberries
1 banana, peeled
1 orange, peeled
Fill to the max line with juice or water of your choice

Blend and serve in little bottles with straws for extra cute points.

Peppy Citrus Smoothie

This is a lovely one to keep you zippy til lunchtime

2 oranges, peeled
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
3 tsp maple syrup
30g almonds
Ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

Oaty Breakfast Smoothie

Slightly heavier smoothies can be great if you've got a packed morning ahead.

1 handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 a cup of almond milk
1 handful of oats
30g almonds

Blend and seal with the flip top lid if you're on the go.

Pineapple and Cinnamon Smoothie

1 handful kale
1 banana, peeled
30g almonds
1 handful pineapple
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Coconut water, to max line

Blend with ice cubes if you prefer a colder smoothie.

Do you have any favourite smoothie recipes? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Please do leave me a comment!

Thanks to Vitamix for sending us a xx to review 

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