Monday, 18 February 2013

Breakfast Smoothies

I really love a good homemade smoothie, a perfect way to smoosh as much fruit or veg into your body all at once. I say homemade as I have yet to find a store bought one I actually like. Much like the current horse-meat scandal I am never 100% sure what is in one of those cartons. Although it says its all natural, 2 of my 5 a day etc... I just don't quite believe it somehow. Plus from a Weight Watcher's perspective, bottles and cartons of smoothie tend to be quite pointy.

When I saw the Foodies 100 were working with Almond Breeze Almond Milk to find great breakfast smoothie ideas and recipes I jumped at the chance. I'd never actually tried almond milk but at only 2pp for up to 330ml it seemed like a great addition to smoothies for not a lot of points.

Tropical Green Smoothie
This smoothie is the perfect post workout, refreshing, Saturday morning smoothie for me. It was a little time consuming in terms of prep which is why its more of a weekend recipe for me, but I enjoyed a nice big glass after my zumba class and felt ready to take on the world.

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Tropical Green Monster Smoothie
Ingredients
  • About half Pineapple
  • 1 whole Mango
  • a good handful Spinach
  • 330ml Almond Milk
  • handful (6-8 cubes) Ice
  • Squeeze of Lime juice
Instructions
Bung it all in a blender and blend until smooth. My blender is very old and a little past its best so I pre-crushed my ice to help it along.

I do love adding a handful of spinach to smoothies, it makes it an almost alarming green colour and really doesn't taste of anything! Great way to sneak some extra iron into my diet.

Blended Coffee Smoothie
I decided to try a second recipe which would be better for a weekday morning. I am a big fan of blended coffee drinks from Starbucks, especially on a sunny spring day on my way to work. However, the sugary mixture they use does not appeal, and the cost is more than I would like.

So, I set about making my own version with Almond Breeze.

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Blended Coffee Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 120ml Brewed Coffee with one teaspoon of sugar added
  • Almond Milk 250ml
  • a dash Almond essence or syrup
  • a handful Crushed Ice
  • half a Banana
Instructions
Bung it all in a blender and blend until smooth.

My first attempt at this smoothie resulted in a weird combination of slushy ice and watery coffee, it just didn't seem to want to blend together! It reminded me of when you make butter and it suddenly splits!

I took to google to find out what I was doing wrong and discovered that my sad little blender was not powerful enough! Some tips to overcome this problem was to add sugar or something to thicken it. So I decided to add a teaspoon of sugar to my coffee and half a banana, and it worked a treat! The banana added a bit of weight to the drink, without it being overpowering. I will definitely be making this in the summer.

Do you enjoy a nice smoothie? What combinations do you like?

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