I am a big fan of easy, lazy just blitz in the blender smoothies. The fruits I pick for my smoothies are easy to process without too much peeling or picking seeds. I prefer to have smoothies in the mornings. Sometimes I have the smoothie as the breakfast itself. I have a big jar of it mind you. Other times, if I am sharing it with Jagan and drinking only a small glass of it, I have the smoothie alongside my breakfast. All the smoothie recipes below are for 1-2 people.
I do not believe anyone needs a recipe to make a juice or smoothie. At-least not yet. It is so much easier to sit where we are and scroll through the list of juices and order one than to lift the bum from the seat, walk over to the kitchen, peel that fruit, chop it, dump in the mixie with milk and honey and blend and pour into glasses and then wash that blender. But I urge you to lift the bum from the seat and make the smoothie yourself because you’ll eat more fruit if you make it yourself, you can control the amount of sugar in your smoothie and you would have lifted your bum.
I hope these smoothies below inspire you to make your own delicious smoothies. There are just a few things to keep in mind.
- Use soft, ripe fruits for your smoothies. Mix and match any type of fruit. Anything goes. Avoid citrus fruits if you’re going to be using milk or yogurt as the base. Your smoothie can get curdled.
- You can use water, milk or yogurt as the base for your juice or smoothie. Have chilled milk and yogurt in your fridge at all times. Always use only chilled milk in your smoothies. Hot milk will curdle too when blended too long. You can use yogurt instead of milk if you prefer a slight tangy undertone.
- There are plenty of ways to sweeten your smoothie. Honey, brown sugar, powdered jaggery, jaggery syrup or just plain sugar. I’ve tried all of these at different times. Honey is very light sweet, so you may need to add more of it if you have a sweet tooth. The brown sugar adds a lovely caramel kind of note which I love in a banana smoothie. Sometimes I add just plain sugar too if I need straight sweetness. I add just a wee tiny pinch of salt in all my smoothies. I believe salt highlights and balances the sweetness and lets you stop with much less sweetener. I also add banana to most of my smoothies for body and as a natural sweetening agent.
- The runnier you want your smoothie to be, the more liquid you’ll need to add to it and the more sweetener you’ll need to add to it. So I prefer to leave my smoothies thick. You can transfer your smoothie to a bowl and top with some crunchy granola or nuts to make a smoothie bowl out of it. Or slurp it up through a thick straw. Totally up to you.
Avocado Banana smoothie
Avocados are a rich source of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Avocados keep the eyes healthy and are great for your skin. Wait until the avocado is fully ripe or your smoothie will be bitter. The outer skin of the avocado will turn dark and that’s usually the right time to cut it open.
Strawberry banana smoothie
Strawberries are high on Vitamin C and are powerful immunity boosters. They’re great for your skin and hair too. Strawberries add a lovely ice-creamy flavour to any shake or smoothie and go with just about any other fruit.
Strawberry apple smoothie
I told you strawberries go with all fruits. They go splendidly with apples too. Apples are by far the most boring fruit in my opinion but apples are good for you. They keep your teeth healthy, reduce cholesterol and prevent diarrhea and constipation. Combining apples and strawberries in a smoothie is a great way to eat apples.
Lemon ginger mint cooler
This is a light refreshing drink for any time of the day. Lemon helps fight infections and is a great detoxifier. Mint and ginger help soothe the stomach and ease digestion.
Watermelon is so hydrating and naturally cooling and is so low calorie. Watermelon is the best thirst quencher. Drink to your heart’s content.
This is the only smoothie that involves a lit bit of effort. I steamed the beets before cooling and blending it up with yogurt and honey. Steaming beets helps soften the fibres so your smoothie is smooth and creamy instead of raw and fibrous. Beetroot is a wonderful detoxifier. It is low in calories and high on fibre.
Papaya banana smoothie
Papaya protects the eyes, helps digestion and does wonders for your skin and hair. Papaya smoothies are a delicious way to eat papayas.