So my week of smoothie experimenting is over. 10 different smoothie, some more successful than others. Lots of lessons learned there and I walk away with a formula which works for me. That’s not to say its right or wrong – all of this is clearly very subjective & a matter of personal taste
I set myself a clear goal at the beginning and now have a path to achieve this.
- Less is more – published sizes may be fine to replace a main meal, but they’re just too big to replace my breakfast
- Chilled not Frozen – Chilled is good enough, making the smoothie easier to make and easier to drink quickly as well as reducing the general thickness.
- Types of ‘Milk’ – No conclusions on this yet…
- Greens – Spinach is the best all rounder. I can have this every day without materially impacting the flavour. Pay respect when using herbs – a little at a time! Leave other greens until I’m feeling stronger…
- Additions – Herbs & Spices make a huge difference and add great variation. Worth experimenting with but must be used with care!
- Thickeners – Oats, Chai and Flax seeds thicken up the mixture well. Increasing these feels a much better option than using frozen fruit. Plenty of healthy benefits & keep you filled up during the morning. Nut butters bring something extra again and are really easy to make
- Keep it simple – Too many published recipes have loads of ingredients. Literally a recipe for disaster! It’s really hard to strike the right balance and flavours just don’t stand out
My Favourite recipe of the week:
10 recipes over 8 days, some were OK, some were great, 1 I just couldn’t finish. It’s a close call but my recipe of the week is definitely Friday’s Banana and Turmeric smoothie
My Basic Breakfast Smoothie Recipe:
- 200ml Liquid of choice, e.g. Almond Milk
- 1-2 items of Fruit, fresh or frozen
- 1-2 Tbsp Oats
- 1 Tbsp Seeds
- 1-2 Handfuls of Spinach
- 1 Date if sweetening is required
- Flavouring of choice, e.g., Herbs or Spices, Nut Butters, a pinch of Sea Salt
Place all ingredients with the exception of fruit which may discolour (e.g., bananas) in the blender goblet and stir. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or ideally overnight
In the morning stir again, Add any remaining ingredients and blend until smooth