Whizz up a Homemade Smoothie
Would you like to learn how to make your own smoothies? This is the post to show you how. Smoothies are extremely popular these days, though around 10 years ago, they were virtually non-existent. They do however offer a good way to quickly get some hydrating liquid and nutrients into you, especially if you’re the kind of person who runs out the door before breakfast.
Triple Cherry Berry Watermelon Smoothie (Ambitious Kitchen) is extra hydrating due to the melon. A simple blend of almond milk with fresh cubed watermelon and frozen cherries, raspberries, strawberries and banana. Fruit smoothies are good to use up a glut of fruit from the freezer, garden or pick-your-own farm. These smoothies are sure to be popular with anyone who loves fresh fruit or has a sweet tooth (obviously be careful with diabetics).
Smoothies are also good to entice picky eaters to get their fruits and veggies, and also can be healing for people recovering from illness, as you can pack in some protein, calcium and other nutrients.
The problem is that buying smoothies can be pretty boring and expensive (same flavours, high prices) all usually sold in plastic bottles. It’s time to learn to make your own!
Check medications for foods to avoid (green leaves, grapefruit). Use pasteurised juice if pregnant/nursing or ill (avoid papaya/melon in pregnancy/nursing as may have unsafe bacteria) Everyone should remove fruit seeds (cyanide!) and rhubarb leaves.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap/warm water
- Cut away bruised/damaged areas
- Remove outer leaves of lettuce or cabbage
- Rinse produce before you peel
- Gently run produce under cold running water
- Use a clean veggie brush to scrub firm items
- Dry with reusable paper towel
- Store perishable produce at/below 40 degrees in fridge.
Instead of supermarket smoothies in plastic bottles, make your own smoothies and pour into Cheeky Elephant’s Insulated Smoothie Cups. The steel body keeps liquids cool, and can be used also for juice, infused water or vegan milk shakes. These feature stainless steel straws with stoppers. Fits in a car drinks holder.
Don’t use metal straws on the move or for young children (supervise for older children).
Choose a Good Blender
Red up of just strawberry, mango, berries? Although nice, homemade smoothies let you push the boat out with other flavours. You don’t need to buy an expensive blender, although do pay a little more for a glass jug with quality motor, as it will last you longer than a cheap blender that falls apart after a few months of making a daily smoothie for breakfast or a snack. Pop over to Rainbow Plant Life where you can find a good ‘how to make the perfect smoothie chart’.
Vitamix and BlendTec are the gold standard, but way too expensive for most people. One quality affordable alternative is NutriBullet (around £50) and can also make soup and stock in seconds. It includes a cup that you can take off to drink your smoothie, and is easy to clean (just twist off the blades to rinse with soap and water, and put the cups on the top dishwasher rack).
Formula to Make a Smoothie
There are a few formulas around to make a smoothie. But don’t just throw everything in the blending cup and hope for the best. The authors of the book Simple Green Smoothies offer a simple formula:
- Add tightly-packed leafy greens first to the blender jug.
- Then add your liquid (water, juice, plant milk)
- Then add your fresh or frozen fruit, with add-ons