With summer still in full swing but some of us wanting to be healthier this year, we bring you our favourite smoothie recipes to try each week.
Getting your daily dose of fruits or veggies is as easy as a smoothie for breakfast every morning. Not only are smoothies tasty but super easy to make. Whether you like berry smoothies, chocolate smoothies, green smoothies or protein smoothies, we will bring a variety of different smoothies for you to choose from.
Before we get into it, let’s just brush up on some facts to know before making your smoothie.
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Picking your fruit.
Try aim for 2-3 cups of fruit daily. The easiest way to start is to choose your base fruit according to fruit combinations that you enjoy. For example, our first recipe is made of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. We then added a banana as the extra fruit on top of the berry base.
Fresh or frozen?
For smoothies, frozen fruit is best. It will all blend up thicker than fresh fruit and also gives you a really cold smoothie to enjoy on a hot day. If you do not have frozen fruit, you can just freeze any of your fresh fruits. Also add at least 3 blocks of ice to your smoothie for that extra liquid intake.
Add a thickener.
If you want a filling breakfast smoothie you can add plain yoghurt, peanut butter or vanilla yoghurt. The amount you add will depend on how thick you would like your smoothie to be.
Choosing a liquid base.
Low fat milk is a great choice for a base liquid. If you want to switch it up a bit you can try almond milk or coconut milk. Both those options are perfect if you are going for a tropical smoothie. If you are wanting to add extra vitamins, fruit juice is a great choice and can add extra bang to the flavour. If you have chosen to skip a thickener, remember to use less of your liquid base.
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Add some spinach or kale for an extra boost. Omega 3s and flax seeds are also a popular choice to add to your smoothies. Extra flavours like vanilla extract, fresh mint, cinnamon or honey will take your smoothies to another level.
Triple berry smoothie
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 ¼ cup almond milk
½ cup plain yoghurt
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses and top with extra blackberries.
Pina Colada Protein Smoothie
1 can coconut milk
2/3 cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango
1-2 scoops protein powder
Pineapple wedge for garnish
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Combine coconut milk, banana, pineapple, mango and protein powder in the blender. Blend on high until smooth. Divide into 2 glasses and garnish with a wedge of pineapple.
Banana boost smoothie
1 cup ice
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon flaxseed
2 teaspoons honey
Combine all the ingredients together until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses and enjoy!