Over the last few months, hubby and I have started our days with a smoothie… it’s an added bonus when the kids join in too. Isabella, our youngest age 2, really loves her smoothies… the greener the better, and she really gets into them with her spoon as we generally make thicker smoothies.
My journey with smoothies started off in January 2016, when for my birthday I got a Breville smoothie maker. I really enjoyed whipping together my morning smoothies adding oats, banana, cows milk and fruit. I’d always prefer a sweeter smoothie. Over the months we improved our blends to increase the nutrition of them, and at times, shall we say, they are more “challenging” in the taste department! ?
Research lead us towards the Vitamix blender… expensive yes, but it has absolutely changed our lives in terms of smoothie making. As a tip you can keep an eye out for refurbished Vitamix blenders that still come with 5 years warranty but save you £100.
Our smoothies now include ingredients such as kale, spinach, chia seeds, ginger, coconut water, soya milk, seed mixtures and both fresh and frozen fruit/vegetables. We’ve completely eliminated any diary products, and have moved away from the mainly sweet fruit based smoothies, to more green based smoothies.
Not only is it a fantastic start to our day, it has also helped me personally… shall we say, “be more regular”. An issue that was “normal” for me for years, that would require various potions and drinks from the doctor, has been completely eradicated by changing my diet. I believe one of my biggest elements of this, was starting my day with a big dose of fruit and leafy greens!
Using the Vitamix, we can add entire fruits and therefore maximise the fibre and nutrients into your morning super smoothie. The other huge benefit of something like a Vitamix is how smooth you can get your drink, which is essential if you want young kids to get involved! A chunky and coarse green smoothie isn’t going to be a hit, but something cold, thick and super smooth is almost like a yoghurt, which is brilliant and much more of an easy sell!
There is no recipe or science to our blends. Some days we’ve really missed the beat with it and it can be a bit of a chore to drink… but I guess than means it’s better for you!! It’s all about trial and error and there is no right or wrong smoothie, but do bare in mind that the fruit that you add into the smoothie can add up on the calorie scale.
Rough example of our smoothie this morning.
- 300mls of coconut water
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- Generous handful of fresh blueberries
- 1 frozen kiwi
- 1/4 cup frozen beetroot
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup milled linseed with sesame, cranberries & blueberries
Now that’s my breakfast sorted!!