Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? Now that we’ve gone well past the half way point of the year (it’s so crazy the way time flies…), they may be long forgotten. After seeing the Breville Blend Active featured in a Lily Pebbles Youtube video, I decided it was something I’d like to try that could definitely aid with my resolution of being healthier. I couldn’t really get into juicing, juicers are very expensive and juicing just seems a bit wasteful in my opinion, chucking out all the good fiber-y bits of your fruits and vegetables, but smoothies definitely seemed like a good option.
First off, I am not a breakfast person at all. I usually have a cup of coffee for breakfast (if you can call it that) and then wait until lunch or have a cup of soup around 11ish. Now that I have my Blend Active, I make a smoothie and drink it on my way into work everyday. It’s so quick and easy and it doesn’t feel heavy like some breakfast foods can and that I just can’t stomach in the morning. So that’s definitely been a big benefit. I am also eating so many more fruits and sometimes veggies than I normally would, all of my smoothies pretty much contain a whole banana and one cup of frozen fruit. I would never eat that non-blended in one sitting so it’s a great way to get in some extra nutrients! They are also really filling as well so I am not snacking on crap before my lunch break now.
My basic smoothie recipe is 1 banana, 1 cup of frozen fruit (I buy the frozen Summer Fruits and Forest Fruits punnets from Asda), and 1/2 cup of juice (usually apple or orange). Or for a yoghurt based smoothie, I use 1 banana, 1 cup of frozen fruit, 3-4 dollops of greek yoghurt, and 1/4 cup of milk.
Some Smoothie Tips
-Leave your frozen fruit out a bit before making your smoothie, it’s easier on the blender.
-Bananas are a great, cheap way to bulk out your smoothies, I am not a huge banana fan, but with the addition of other fruits, they don’t stand out much and they give that creamy texture.
-Buy your bananas in bulk, when they start to get too ripe, peel them, cut into chunks and freeze.
-For green smoothies, blend a handful of spinach with orange juice until smooth, then add your other ingredients. The orange juice masks the taste and blending the spinach and liquid first makes sure your don’t have spinach chunks in your smoothie!
-Another tip for green smoothies, they taste much better icy cold, when they start to warm up, they can taste a bit salad-y.
-If you are adding honey to your smoothie, add it in last, otherwise it just sticks to the bottom in a clump.
Definitely one of my better purchases to date, I picked it up from Amazon for £24.99 so it’s not a super expensive blender, but it’s perfect for one or two people. It comes with two bottles so I usually blend up a smoothie for myself and one for the mister. Clean up is easy as well, I literally just rinse off the blade after blending. It’s a great little machine!
Have you jumped on the juicing/smoothie band wagon? Favorite smoothie recipes? Do you even remember your New Year’s resolutions anymore?