6 smoothie recipes that are quick and delicious

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  • It’s certainly no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, kick-starting your morning routine. So what better way to begin the morning than with a few portions of your five-a-day… in the form of a quick and healthy smoothie.  Blitz it up in the best blender in your kitchen. Whether you opt for an immersion blender or jug-based design it’s your choice.

    Alternatively, if you’re more of a tea-and-toast person in the morning, a good smoothie recipe can be the difference between straying to the treat tin and keeping on the straight and narrow throughout the day. A quick natural sugar fix can help pick you up again. Seeing you through to the next mealtime without any little unhealthy hiccoughs (although we’d never say no to a biscuit ourselves). 

    There are endless ways to spin a smoothie, and everyone has their own favoured flavour combinations. Here are a few of our top picks. Each recipe serves one, so simply multiply the ingredients if you’re making for others too. 

    Fresh coconut and pineapple smoothie recipe

    Get all the flavours of the tropics without even stepping foot on a plane. We love this mellow, creamy smoothie as a bit of an indulgent twist on a classic, with its almost piña colada-like flavours. Using frozen fruit ensures an ice-cold finish (via the slightly slushie-like texture it creates) that melts in the mouth and comes very close to convincing you you’re on holiday. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 banana
    • 100ml coconut milk 
    • 2tbsp coconut yoghurt 
    • 120g fresh (peeled and chopped) or frozen pineapple 

    Method

    1. Peel and chop the banana and add to a blender or NutriBullet along with the rest of the ingredients. 
    2. Blitz for thirty seconds or so until smooth and fully blended, adding a little more coconut milk or water if too thick. 
    3. Pour and serve.

     

    Papaya and banana smoothie recipe

    If you’re a regular drinker of smoothies, you’ll have noticed that many varieties contain bananas. The reason for this is that the soft fruit’s flesh breaks down easily, and is naturally sweet enough to counterbalance any sharp notes in other ingredients. With this particular combination, both the papaya and banana are full of natural sugars, making it an ideal smoothie recipe for those with a sweet tooth. 

    Ingredients

    • 250ml apple juice
    • 2tbsp Greek yoghurt
    • 1 banana 
    • ½ small papaya 
    • 1tbsp ice cubes

    Method

    1. Peel and chop the banana.
    2. Peel and cut the papaya in half, remove the seeds and then roughly chop the flesh. 
    3. Add both fruits to your blender, food processor or NutriBullet and blend for a few seconds until smooth.
    4. Pour and serve.

     

    Pear and rhubarb smoothie recipe

    Smoothies don’t have to solely be made from raw ingredients; making stewed fruits or cooked-through coulis can add a real hit of intense flavour. Rhubarb’s slightly sherbety tang compliments sweet pears perfectly, creating a drink with autumnal crumble-like flavours. 

    Ingredients

    • 2tbsp stewed rhubarb 
    • 1 ripe pear 
    • 250ml apple juice 
    • 1 lime

    Method 

    1. Add the rhubarb, pear and apple juice to a blender or Nutribullet and squeeze in the juice of the lime. 
    2. Blitz until combined and smooth. 
    3. Pour and serve. 

    Tip: To make stewed rhubarb, simmer 250g of chopped rhubarb with 50g sugar and the zest and juice of an orange for around 10mins, until soft. As well as a smoothie ingredient, this is also a delicious topper on porridge

     

    Apple, berries and mint smoothie recipe

    The freshness of mint brings a gorgeous lightness to this smoothie, which is delicious when enjoyed on a summer’s day. Adding oats also make this smoothie more filling; a substantial substitute for a solid breakfast when you’re on the go. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 apple
    • 30g frozen berries
    • 2tbsp yoghurt
    • 1tbsp porridge oats
    • 100ml orange juice
    • 1 sprig mint

    Method

    1. Core, peel and chop the apple. 
    2. Add it to a blender or smoothie maker with the rest of your ingredients. 
    3. Blitz until smooth, adding a splash more juice if the texture is too thick for your liking. 
    4. Pour and serve. 

     

    Banana and peanut butter smoothie recipe

    Nothing beats a classic ingredients combination, and they don’t get more delicious than peanut butter and banana. Great when spread on piping hot toast, but just as tasty blended together into an almost milkshake-like drink. Rich and indulgent, this option is a real hit with kids and adults alike. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 banana
    • 150ml milk
    • 2tbsp peanut butter
    • 1/2tbsp honey
    • A few ice cubes

    Method

    1. Peel and chop your banana, before adding it to a blender along with the other ingredients. 
    2. Blitz until smooth, adding more honey to taste if you like. 
    3. Pour and serve.

     

    The ultimate green smoothie smoothie recipe

    If you’re looking to improve your diet and increase your intake of nutrient-dense ingredients, look no further than this green smoothie. Avocado endows it with a smooth, creamy texture, while the addition of banana ensures there’s a subtle sweetness amid the greens too. 

    Ingredients

    • 100ml water
    • 50ml coconut milk
    • 1 handful kale
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 1 banana
    • 5cm chunk cucumber 
    • Squeeze of lemon juice

    Method

    1. Prepare and roughly chop your ingredients. 
    2. Add ingredients into a blender and blitz until reaching desired consistency. 
    3. Pour and serve

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