My First Smoothie

This was really quite a hard decision to take.  I wanted something which was representative of my goals, but was really quite scared that it would be so awful I’d be switched off from the very start.  I finally settled on this recipe which has a fairly good proportion of fruit to greens, some oats for the ‘filling’ effect & some seeds

Breakfast Berry Smoothie

  • 3 Tbsp Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Chai Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
  • 200g Mixed Berries, frozen
  • 1 Banana
  • 50g Spinach
  • 200ml Almond Milk

Cost – about £1.50

Serves 1 (large portion)

I prepped all of the dry stuff the night before, all I needed to do was pull out the berries from the freezer, the spinach, banana & milk from the fridge and whizz.  How hard can that be?

Throw it all in.  Heavy stuff goes in first to weigh down on the spinach leaves.  Rookie Mistake 1 – I’m wary of over-filling the goblet known that it will make a mess all over the kitchen and see that there’s plenty of space around the banana, so push the ingredients down before adding the spinach & liquid.  I’ve now stuck oats & compressed banana on to the top of the bowl which will refuse to blend, and created a sold mass of compacted frozen berries in the centre which will refuse to move.  It took me 3 attempts to fix this problem.  Lesson 1 – break up the banana, don’t over-fill with solids and certainly don’t press down!

After fixing this the blending goes surprisingly smoothly (no pun intended).  45 seconds and a thick purple mix, no mess.

Despite my advanced prep the issues mean I’m left with no idea as to how long it’s going to make one of these in the morning…

I can’t quite bring myself to drink out of the blender goblet & pour into a medium sized glass. Rookie Mistake number 2 – the glass is just too small – this is going to be a big breakfast by my usual standards.  I may need to syphon some of this off and take it to drink at work…

After reading a number of warnings I immediately rinse the goblet and blade before drinking my ‘breakfast’

Visually it’s a bit more brown than I’d expected – purple/blue was what I’d had in mind and wonder whether the mixed berries is such a good idea.  Maybe stick to a single fruit in the future?

Initial hit of banana dominates as the rather non-descript berry flavour starts to evolve.  I’m aware of a slightly grainy texture, no doubt from the raw oats, but rather than being unpleasant, it’s actually quite satisfying, giving the impression of something that’s both robust and healthy.  Then the slightly bitter, vegetal edge kicks in.  Not too much but its definitely there.  My immediate thoughts are that if a couple of handfuls of spinach have this effect, I’m not ready for kale quite yet!

Halfway down the glass I find I’ve ignored the ‘spinach effect’ and the berries are standing out more. There is a consistently smooth texture aside from the odd seed which hasn’t quite made it and I think I’d prefer the mixture to be a little less thick for ease of consumption – I had to finish using a long handled spoon, but definitely a suitable breakfast alternative which should keep the hunger at bay until lunch time.

5 minutes after finishing and I’m still sucking chai seeds from between my teeth – I guess this is something I’m going to need to get used to.  I find myself thinking about how different this would be in terms of texture and flavour without that banana. ..

Room for improvement but I have to mark ‘experiment 1’ as a success

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