Recently I have been making more smoothies to start the day, they make for great breakfasts and are a great way to use up fruit and vegetables you have lying around. Plus these are things that would normally cost you big bucks at the smoothie places in big cities…..
Good Morning Smoothie
This is a basic smoothie to ahve when you wake up for a nice mixed meal with a little added kick.
Handful of Frozen Berries
1 Cup of plain Yoghurt
1 tsp instant coffee
Dash of lemon juice
Also great for after workouts or when you need a quick breakfast and don’y have time to cook or prepare something else. The best thing about this one is that the instant coffee gives you little boost while the yoghurt and banana will keep you filled up for a while.
Afternoon Summer Smoothie
For this one you will need 5 minutes prep but that’s alright as it is a smoothie for chilling. Basically you need to brew a bag of chamomile tea for 5-10 minutes before making it.
Chamomile tea infused water
Juice of half a lemon
1 Cup of Yoghurt
Give it all a whizz together for a really refreshing smoothie that will chill you out, thanks to the Chamomile tea. Great for a hot summer afternoon after a workout or after doing some yard work and for kids after school.
Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
This is a great combo for a smoothie as it provides a good anti-oxidant boost and tastes lilke apple crumble.
1 Large Apple
1 Cup Plain Yoghurt or Coconut Milk
1 TSP Cinnamon
1 spoon of oats
1 Handful of Frozen Berries
Dash of Lemon Juice
Again whizz it all up for an alternative to the first smoothie, great in the morning or after a workout. In fact great at anytime of the day.
With all of these feel free to add your own creative imprint, but these have all been tried and tested to taste good. As for tweaks I do like to add a handful of frozen spinach to my smoothies as it doesn’t taste and gives them an extra nutrient kick. As for the lemon juice in all the recipes it is to help preserve them so if you are taking them on the road or saving some for later in the day the lemon will work to keep them fresh. Also if you are an athlete and want the extra protein throwing in an extra scoop of whey protein is a great idea.
The main reason I wrote this post though is not for the recipes as they don’t take a mastermind to figure out. Rather to get people into the swing of making smoothies this summer. They are a cheap and easy way to get down nutrition for even the fussiest of eaters.
When they really come into their own though is for kids who love smoothies and normally would not eat such healthy foods in abundance. All you need is a cheap hand blender and you are good to go. Plus if you have any fruit in the house which is going off just chop the pieces up and throw them in the freezer and use for future smoothies it is a good way to reduce food waste which is an ever increasing problem. So if you are rushed for meals or have kids then give smoothies a try they are easily assimilated and nutritious.