A Smooth Start

Thursday 13 March 2014 by

Smoothies, Breakfast smoothie, Banana almond and cinnamon smoothie, BBC Good Food, The Intolerant Gourmet, Dairy free, Gluten free

Today we’re talking about smoothies. Do you like what I did with the title there? D’you geddit!?

Okay, we’ll move on from my terrible puns.

There’s a lot of talk of juice diets and detoxes of late, and as a rule I don’t go in for them. But I try to be conscious of what I eat, and I suddenly noticed that there was not nearly enough fruit in my diet. I’m pretty good at getting the green stuff but everything else I fail miserably at, because I much prefer to reach for the Dairy Milk than an apple.

So in a concerted effort to eat more fruit, I thought I would try out some smoothies for breakfast. The best news? They are both gluten AND dairy free!

Almond banana and cinnamon smoothie, Gluten free, Dairy free, The Intolerant Gourmet
Almond, banana and cinnamon smoothie – The Intolerant Gourmet

If I haven’t gone on enough about The Intolerant Gourmet, here’s another friendly food special courtesy of Pippa. Seriously, I swear by this website. This is a slightly adapted version of her spiced almond and banana smoothie (for speed). All you need is:

  • 1 medium banana
  • 300ml almond milk
  • Quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of mixed spice

Pippa recommends freezing the banana, but if you forget (like I always do), throw in an ice cube to get the chill. Simply pop it all in to a blender and whizz it up. Ta da! A frothy, delicious smoothie to start your day. If you stick to the recipe, simply add 1 tablespoon of gluten free oats, 1 teaspoon of maca powder and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup.

Breakfast smoothie, Berries, BBC Good Food, Dairy free, Gluten free
Breakfast smoothie – BBC Good Food

I discovered this one when I was doing my homemade week. Again, it’s a small variation on the original breakfast smoothie recipe. You need:

  • A handful of frozen berries (pick up a pot of mixed berries or summer berries from the freezer aisle, it doesn’t really matter what kind of berries you’re looking for unless you’re picky)
  • 1 small banana
  • 450ml apple juice
  • Small squeeze of runny honey

Simply blend up and serve. If it’s a bit thick, simply add more apple juice. This one is sharper than the almond, banana and cinnamon smoothie – especially if you opt for some blackberries and redcurrants – so the honey just takes the edge off.

These are a perfect start to the day; I thought I would be hungry by 9.30 but they last me until lunch (especially if I put the gluten free oats in the first one) and I feel much lighter and healthier for it. I could make a habit of this!

Do you drink smoothies? What are your favourite recipes?

Check out my smoothie Pinterest board for more smooth inspiration.

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