We bought a smoothie maker last week. Yes, just last week and yet here I am already blogging about it and sharing our favourite recipes. But though it’s only been around 10 days of smoothie making in our house, we have fit a lot of smoothie making into that time!
We decided to buy one as we have a lot of strawberries and raspberries growing in our garden this year. Whilst these are my favourite fruits and the kids like them, we were still not eating them at the rate they were growing, so the idea of a smoothie maker came up.
As I wasn’t sure whether we’d use it much, I bought one from Amazon for a reasonable £20 as the reviews looked pretty good, a Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go. Turns out, it does the job and we are now addicted to smoothies here!
So far we have been sticking to using fruit, fruit juices, milk and yoghurts. I know that there’s a whole world of other smoothie options out there for us, but I wanted to keep them simple and just use food that we have in anyway. Part of the fun has been creating the smoothies and deciding what to add to each one. The children love getting involved choosing ingredients and are so eager to try every single one. My daughter eats most fruit readily enough, though I have managed to get her trying a few new ones this way. My son has to be in the mood to eat anything other than apples, but with smoothies, he’s eating a great range every day now.
To be honest, though, it’s been my own fruit consumption that’s improved the most. I like pretty much all fruit and we always have it here, but I tend to serve it to the kids rather than myself. Since getting this smoothie maker, I’ve been having two or three smoothies a day so my own fruit intake has dramatically increased and I’m feeling good about it. It just seems to be an easier and faster way of getting my five a day.
These have been the smoothies that we’ve most enjoyed so far…
In all of these cases, we pop all ingredients into the smoothie maker in one go and whisk on low for 5 seconds and then high for 20 seconds. For the grape recipe, I’d recommend an additional 10 seconds.
1 frozen banana (slice it before freezing and lay the slices flat so they don’t clump together) and 1 cup of milk.
This one makes a thick banana shake, lovely and cold. It’s my son’s favourite, and he’s not that keen on bananas!
Strawberry & Banana Smoothie
1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 banana
We tried this with a whole banana initially and found it overpowered the strawberries, but just half works perfectly as both flavours come through.
Grape and NectarineSmoothie
1/2 cup of seedless green grapes, 1 nectarine diced into small cubes and 4 ice cubes
As we use ice cubes for this one, it’s less creamy than the others and reminds me more of a juice drink.
1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of milk, 1 tbsp strawberry yoghurt (we used 1 petit filous)
I think given how many strawberries we’re currently producing, we’ve had this one most often, and we are not tiring of it at all. We all enjoy this one.
1 mixed cup of raspberries and blueberries, 1 tbsp raspberry yoghurt and 4 ice cubes.
This one’s my favourite. Packed full of goodness and I do love summer berries.
What about you? Are you smoothie fans in your house? If so, please do tell me your favourite recipe and we’ll give it a go!
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