The breakfast smoothie has gained a great deal of popularity these last few years. What might have been an afternoon snack or occasional indulgence has now become a staple part of many peoples diets and why not? They are tasty, filling and can be chock full of nutrients – the added bonus being that you can actually get your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables and enjoy doing that!
What you will need
You really do not need anything much to make a smoothie. You will need either a blender or a juicer ideally – a blender really does work best as it will help to break down the fruits better than a juicer will especially of you are adding things like frozen bananas or berries. In addition to that you really do not need anything else. You just need your favourite fruits, vegetables and greens, some milk and sweetener if you like. It really depends on your preference. There are essentially two kinds of smoothies. The green smoothie and the fruity one. The green smoothie generally consists primarily of a leafy green with some additional fruits or vegetables for flavour. Think kale, rocket or even spinach.
Here are some great ideas on what to add to a smoothie as well as some combinations that taste great. If you are going for a green smoothie, which is great – they are chock full of nutrients and are full of fibre – you may need to add somethings to balance out the flavour. Also, kids may not always take as easily to green smoothies but we have a tip for that which will come later! Consider adding berries – strawberries are great – or apples, mint and cucumber or even some lime and lemon for a little extra zing in your green smoothie. You may not want to add milk or yogurt but think of using coconut water for added flavour. You could also add some wpi protein powder to it. With fruit or vegetable smoothies think of adding a frozen banana for that nice creaminess instead of milk or yogurt only.
The combinations are endless. Once again you could add a spoon of wpi protein powder to your smoothie. Think strawberry mango or carrot and ginger or even beetroot and green apple – yum!
Tips and tricks
Now while kids may not be keen on drinking a green smoothie, you could add in a handful of spinach into a smoothie with banana and strawberries or even into one with some beets in it. The colour will disguise the greens in there and they will mostly taste the berries and vegetables.