Smoothies are fast, easy and very tasty. They are a great source of easy to swallow nutrients. What you put in is up to you.
The key word is versatile: you can blend your favorite fruit with any of the following.
Milk, ice cream or yoghurt for a calcium rich drink - roughly 250ml of milk, per person.
Soya or rice milk: a dairy-free alternative.
Coconut Water or normal water also works and is better for melon or pineapple cmoothies that can curdle dairy products.
Add sugar (caster or icing), honey, jam, maple syrup, dates or fruit sauces all act as great sweeteners. Some tasty fruit sauces are available from Lakeland Ltd
Freshly squeezed orange juice: loads of vitamin C and a good way to thin out a smoothie.
Ginger: fresh and clean tasting, ginger is also helpful in boosting digestion, easing nausea or fighting off a cold.
Lime: if you want to add a fresh, sharp-tasting edge to any fruit concoction.
Yoghurt or bananas: Either of these ingredients will give your smoothie a thick and creamy consistency.
Mango: the flesh of a ripe mango is a useful way to sweeten your smoothie without adding sugar. It gives you an antioxidant boost too. Choose non-fibrous varieties such as Kent or Keitt.
Raspberries: help to balance sweet fruits such as mango, and add a glorious colour. Keep them in the freezer and put straight into the blender.
Smooth peanut butter: excellent if you want a substantial smoothie with lots of protein, or if you're simply feeling indulgent.
Add crushed biscuits like Digestives to give texture and extra fibre.
Sieve smoothies to remove any pips.
Here are some recipes to get you started.
Antony Worrall Thompson's Mango Smoothie (4 glasses)
Antony Worrall Thompson's Pineapple-Nut Smoothie (2-4 glasses)
Antony Worrall Thompson's Alcoholic Breakfast Smoothie (2 glasses)
A perfect drink to start the weekend brunch, 8 a.m. and onwards. Alternatively leave the rum out.
Lesley Waters' Mexican Salsa Smoothie
This tasty, rich Mexican style smoothie. The success of this smoothie depends on the ripeness of the avocado pear. Gently press the avocado at the stem end to check it gives only slightly under your thumb.
Lesley Water's Blueberry Pudding Drink
A delicious blueberry pudding!
Strawberry and Mango Smoothie
Fruits of the Forest
Blackberry and Yoghurt Smoothie
Pear and Raspberry with Maple and Vanilla Smoothie
Dried Apricot Smoothie
OJ, Banana and Lemon Smoothie -
Parsley, Pineapple, Ginger and Lime Smoothie -
A dairy-free smoothie.
Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Grapefruit Smoothie
Strawberry with Lime and Mint Smoothie
Melon and Ginger Smoothie
Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry Smoothie
Peach, Mango and Passion Fruit Smoothie
Melon, Papaya and Banana Smoothie
Orange, Papaya and Pineapple Smoothie (2 glasses)
'Berry Blast' Protein Shake (1 glass)
This shake is my morning staple. Berries are high in fiber and antioxidants called flavonoids, which are anti-aging, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. They strengthen blood vessels, decrease excess estrogen, and are beneficial for high blood pressure, allergies, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, premature aging, rosacea, varicose veins, Raynaud's, eye disease, fibroids, and breast cancer prevention. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!