Smoothie Experiment – The Results!


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.

Conclusions:

  • 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:

Serves 1

  • 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

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