I’ve got into the habit of drinking a smoothie every day for breakfast and I feel like it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, health-wise. I’ve never been big on breakfast and for most of the time I just never ate anything. For a while I ate muesli and yoghurt but then overnight my stomach started rebelling against dairy, so that wasn’t really an option anymore. My smoothie enlightenment began with receiving my gorgeous pink Kitchen Aid blender from my significant other. I’ve never had a blender strong enough to handle frozen ingredients so I never had too many smoothies at home (mostly milkshakes!).
I have found that the easiest way to drink a smoothie every day is to have everything ready so that I don’t have an excuse not to. On Saturdays after the Farmers Markets I cut up all of the fruit I want to use, lay it out on baking trays and allow it to freeze solid. Then I transfer it to ziplock bags and keep them in my freezer. Grapes are my favourite because you just have to pick them off the stem and pop them in a bag. I chop up and freeze my kale because it gets really dried out and withered when I keep it in the fridge. If you’re not a fan of kale then baby spinach has a great mild taste that disappears behind the fruit flavours. As well as the ginger, mint goes really well with pineapple so if I have some in my fridge I throw in a small handful. I buy my chia seeds and psyllium husk in bulk because they are less expensive that way, I even found an Indian Supermarket that sells psyllium husk on the cheap. Don’t worry about buying in bulk if you don’t think you will use it all up, though, they’ll just clutter up your cupboard.
What I add to my smoothies changes depending on what’s available at the markets but this is what I’m drinking at the moment. I don’t actually like banana but I know it’s good for me so I chuck it in anyway, in this quantity you can’t even taste it. This recipe makes one smoothie cup plus one small glass of smoothie. I drink the smoothie cups worth and it’s first in best dressed for my housemates for the leftover glass of it. I bought this clear plastic smoothie cup off eBay so that I could smuggle my smoothie onto the bus and finish it off at work. I also find it a lot easier to drink smoothies with a straw. I’ve given the quantities in handfuls because I never really measure, I just tip the fruit out of the bags into the blender. Have you discovered any winning smoothie combos? Tell me about them, I always appreciate new smoothie ideas!
1 handful frozen pineapple
1/2 handful frozen green grapes
2 handfuls frozen kale
1/2 handful frozen banana
1 green apple, quartered, cored
1 small knob of ginger, roughly chopped
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1/2 handful rolled oats
1 1/2 cups water
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Pulse on the ice setting then change to liquidise once the frozen ingredients are partially chopped.
Liquidise until the smoothie becomes one homogeneous colour.
Add more water if you prefer a wetter smoothie.
Over time the psyllium husk will cause the smoothie to become thicker, add more water and mix to make it easier to drink.