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Before winter creeps up on us, we thought to share some smoothie recipes. We have had a few hot summer days in April and smoothies have definitely still appeared on our menu.

For a guide on how to make smoothies, check out one of our previous blog posts SUMMER TIME = SMOOTHIE TIME. In today’s post we are focusing on two delicious smoothie recipes – the classic Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie and a Berry Mint combo.

 

BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

2 bananas
1 cup plain yoghurt
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons flaxseeds
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Drizzle of honey
Ice cubes

Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
Serves 2

 

BERRY MINT

2 bananas
1 cup frozen / fresh berries (I used frozen blackberries)
Handful of fresh mint – add as much or as little as you like
1 cup plain yoghurt
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons flaxseeds
Drizzle of honey

Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
Serves 2

 

ORANGE, BERRY & ALMOND SMOOTHIE

3/4 cup plain yoghurt
Splash of milk
2 teaspoons flaxseeds
1/2 cup frozen / fresh berries
1 orange
6 almonds
Drizzle of honey

Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
Serves 1

 

When making a smoothie, I always start with the same base:

  • Yoghurt: Always opt for plain yoghurt as it contains less sugar than the flavoured kinds. Whether to go for double cream or low fat is up to you. If you follow a diet relatively low in fat, you could decide to use double cream plain yoghurt. If you are trying to lose weight and are watching your fat intake, use low fat.
  • Milk: Adding milk helps to loosen up the mixture. Whether to use full cream or low fat is up to you. I opt for low fat milk.
  • Flaxseeds: I always add a few teaspoons of flaxseeds into my smoothies as they contain high doses of omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. They need to be broken up / ground for maximum benefit – I find that the blender does the job.

 

Once you have a base, add different combinations of fruit, herbs, etc. You could also consider adding a few spoons of Oats or FutureLife to bulk up your smoothie and increase the energy and protein content.

 

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