Happy official first day of spring here in the southern hemisphere!
Today I am sharing with you the 4 smoothie recipes from the Natural Harry caravan and my top tips to achieve the most delicious smoothie, every time. Both in taste and texture ( they are not called a smoothie for nothing ). We learnt a thing or two after making 1000's of smoothies from our little caravan on the hill all those years ago, these recipes are still my favourites. These plant-based whole food recipes are my base recipes for the perfect smoothie. Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, whole food superfood powders, probiotics, whatever you like!
Serves 2 Prep time: 5 minutes
GREEN WARRIOR 2 cups frozen mango pieces 1 large green apple, cored and diced 1 cup (60g) cucumber 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves 1 teaspoon super green powder of choice (optional) 1 ½ cups (375ml) coconut water or fresh squeezed apple juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
BERRY NICE DAY 2 large frozen bananas, chopped 1 cup (130g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen 1 mango cheek, peeled 1 ½ cups (375ml) plant based milk, I used oat 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Additions -1 tablespoon peanut butter -4 tablespoons whole rolled oats (these additions turn it into a delicious hearty brekkie
CACAO BUNGA 4 large frozen bananas, chopped 2 teaspoons cacao powder ½ teaspoon vanilla powder 1 ½ cups (375ml) plant based milk Additions - 2 tablespoons (40ml) organic cold drip coffee (optional) - zing!
FROS-T FRUIT 2 large mangoes, pitted and peeled 2 cups (200g) frozen pineapple pieces 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves 1 ½ cups (375ml) coconut water or freshly squeezed apple juice Additions A little cucumber works in this one too. What summer dreams are made of!
Method: Place all of the ingredients into your blender, add the liquid. Pulse to evenly combine and blend until super smooth. Serve immediately.
TIPS * Buy fresh produce in bulk. It is cheaper during its peak season. Stock up on your staple smoothie items when available. Freeze diced mango, pineapple, banana, berries and apple in zip lock bags or airtight containers for ready-to-go smoothie ingredients. * Wait for fruit to ripen. This improves the texture and taste of your smoothies. Ripened fruit is more easily assimilated by the body, reducing digestive issues caused by starchy, un-ripened fruit. * Dice and freeze cucumber to have on hand as a cleansing, nutrient-dense alternative to ice. * Add frozen banana and/or mango to smoothies to make them thick and creamy. * Rinse your blender jug immediately after making a smoothie. This makes it much easier to clean. * Pour left over smoothie mixture into popsicle moulds and freeze for a ready-made healthy treat on a hot day. * Add liquid last, right before you blend your smoothie. To prevent frozen ingredients from sticking together in chunks. Only fill with liquid to the level of the solid ingredients. Any more and your resulting smoothie may be thin. * Add oats. If you like oats, add them to your morning smoothie for some extra fibre and protein to help fill you up with the good stuff. * Equipment matters - unfortunately there is no way around this one. For a super smooth and creamy smoothie, you really need to be using a blender that can handle frozen fruit. In the caravan, we used s Vitamix. There are other products on the market that I am sure are also good, I have not trailed many others but I have heard that MOD are also good. I am not sponsored by either.