A Smooth Start
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 – 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 – BBC Good Food
- 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.