6 June 2014

Summer Sunshine Smoothies

Hello summer, hello sun, hello smoothies.

Now, I know what you're all thinking... holidays are approaching and bikini (/ tankini / trunk / whatever your jazz) season is looming. Well, I have a solution for you and your summer snacking. Actually, it's my guest blogger Hannah who's in the know.

They are all nutrition packed and rather guilt-free... we're talking natural, low-fat, low-everything. But fear not, they're also refreshing, sweet with honey, sharp with berries, very pretty to look at and most of all, budget friendly.

We tried to think of snazzy names and failed dismally...


  •     ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  •      2 frozen bananas
  •   2 heaped tbsp smooth peanut butter
  •   a good squirt of runny honey
  •   2 handfuls of spinach
The key to these smoothies is to have to hand a bit more of each ingredient just in case you want to adjust the smoothie to taste. 

      Cut up all your ingredients and place them in your blender... and blitz! I am not from a smoothie orientated family so we used a food processor rather than a blender and I actually really liked the speckled results! The frozen banana gives the smoothie a slightly thicker consistency and makes it all the more cool and refreshing. 

This smoothie is dairy-free, gluten free, packs a punch in the nutty department (you can't taste the spinach) but is also rammed with fibre, is nutrient dense and best of all, is filling. Ideal for curbing those cravings for something sweet.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • a handful of frozen strawberries
  • a handful of frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 kiwi

This recipe is super easy and affordable - especially thanks to Sainsbury's ready-packaged 'smoothie frozen fruit' bag.  You just tip the strawberries and banana in the blender, add some raspberries, some water and a kiwi and you're set! If you find it a little sharp, add a little honey.

We decorated it with freeze-dried strawberry... pretty but definitely not necessary!

  • a handful frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • a good squirt of honey
  • a heaped tbsp Greek yogurt


     This smoothie was an all-round winner which is ideal because blueberries are a superfood. The Greek yogurt thickens the smoothie which is definitely necessary due to blueberries high water content but by buying 0% yog your fat content is very low. 

Hannah has informed me that other nutritious additions include a sprinkling of protein powder for all you bulkers, oats, chia seeds and also flaxseed. Obviously, this didn't occur today as I am taking baby steps towards health. (Ideally, I would have replaced the water/almond milk/nonfat yog with spoonfuls and ladlefuls of ice-cream)... But they were delicious, vibrant and ideal for a hot summer's day!

      Btw these are snacks not meal replacements kids. Be wise.

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