A week of blending and 5 simple smoothie recipes

The thing about smoothies is they are Worthy.
You get to throw everything into one container, press a button and voila; your five a day are pretty much taken care off before you’ve even combed your hair.

The other thing about smoothies is they can feel like a chore.
Heaven forbid you type in a search for smoothie recipes on Pinterest; you feel like a failure before you begin with raw vegan this and a list of ingredients longer than any Thai curry I’ve ever made.

Here’s the thing. I want my smoothies to be good for me and easy. Oh and I don’t want them to be a colour that makes people pull a face when you share your concoction on Twitter. “What the HECK is in that?” kind of thing.

So this week Breville charged me with road testing a bunch of smoothie recipes, using the Breville Blend Active Pro.
It’s a compact, easy to use blender that literally has one button to press and once your concoction is mixed you pop the lid on, slip it in the neoprene sleeve and go.
It also has the ability to grind your own nuts (oh for goodness sake stop laughing), but I buy my nuts and seeds ready ground so I didn’t use it.

Take a look at this super quick video to see what we threw into our concoctions!

So I tried out a lot of ingredients; berries, bananas, nuts, seeds, tropical fruit, spinach and kale. More on the kale later.
Some didn’t work out, although to be fair they were rare as you throw many fruits together and they work somehow. Some were such a disgusting colour it didn’t matter how good they tasted you couldn’t get past the idea of drinking sludge.
But some were wonderful and have stuck, so I’m sharing the recipes here.

5 Simple Smoothie Recipes

The Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients 
1 small banana
1 handful of raspberries/blueberries/blackberries
2 dessertspoons natural yoghurt
2 tsps crunchy peanut butter
2 tsps chia seeds
1 cup skimmed milk

This is my absolute favourite. It’s really filling – the double protein hit of chia and peanut butter keeps you fuller for longer – and it looks super pretty. Obviously you shouldn’t judge your smoothies on the prettiness factor, but this one ticks all the boxes!
If you always keep a bag of frozen raspberries and blueberries in the freezer you’ll never run out. If the bananas were too big, I would also put half in a sandwich bag and throw it in the freezer.

The Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients
1/4 mango, in chunks
handful pineapple chunks
handful coconut (I bought frozen)
1tsp flaxseed
1 cup orange or pineapple juice

If you’re looking for an afternoon zinger, this is your smoothie. I used frozen coconut and frozen pineapple to make things easier and colder which adds a lovely hit to this smoothie. It does take a little while longer for it to blend as the coconut chunks take some breaking down but it’s worth the wait.
Flaxseeds ar high in fibre, great for the health of your skin and hair and can help lower cholesterol levels. A big a super food!

The Pick Me Up

Ingredients
1 handful spinach
2 slices, pineapple
I whole kiwi, top and tailed
3 springs mint
I dessertspoon chia seed
200ml coconut water

We tried all manner of recipes, many of which turned out brown (don’t mix spinach or blackberries, it’s not pretty).
We also tried kale which I really really wanted to like. And actually it tastes fine mixed in with other ingregients, but I found it had an aftertaste that made me pull funny faces so I didn’t push it any further! But spinach was a winner. I kept a bag in the freezer to add a nice icy chill to the smoothie.

The Naughty Smoothie

Ingredients
1 small banana
250ml coconut milk
1 heaped tbsp oats
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
few drops of vanilla extract

When I say ‘naughty’ it’s obviously a healthy naughty because you’ve got the double punch of bananas and oats in there to keep you filled up!

A couple of other tips I’ve leaned from our week of smoothie making:

  1. Always have a few fruits and veggies in the freezer so you never run out. Also it’s a great way to chill your smoothie without watering it down with ice.
  2. Bag up a week’s worth of smoothies. Literally put everything you need in a sandwich bag (apart from the wet ingredients) and throw the contents on the bag into the blender as and when you need it.
  3. Adding protein (peanut butter, flax seeds, Chia seeds, natural yoghurt) to your breakfast smoothie really does keep you fuller for longer.
  4. Experiment, try different textures, change the recipe up a little to suit your taste and find the recipes which suit you.

Happy blending and many thanks to Breville for the challenge!

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2 Responses to A week of blending and 5 simple smoothie recipes

  1. lee says:

    Hi Tara,

    You have some nice smoothies there. Like you I have things I am not totally keen on, I like pineapple for example but I often find it quite acidic so it puts me off a bit.
    As for the kale, I am quite the opposite, I like it raw which quite surprised me but them I am ok with all raw veg except greens which have that unwelcome after taste you mention with kale.
    I like the sound of the coconut/cocoa smoothie so will be looking to try that one first I think.

    Great post, great pics too, thanks!
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  2. Tara says:

    I agree about pineapple but I find mixing with yoghurt takes some of the acidity down – and especially coconut yog which makes it taste very tropical!

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