I love smoothies and juice but hate looking online for recipes to be bombarded with a list as long as my arm of ingredients I either haven’t heard of or don’t have in the house. I have still managed to make some pretty delicious and pretty healthy smoothies using basic fruit and veg that you are more than likely to have around the house or if not they aren’t going to cost you a fortune to get in.
I thought I would share with you all today 6 of my favourites! With all of these recipes I will give measurements of how much of each thing to use but I think some of it is down to personal preference so you could do more or less of something you didn’t like or replace it with something completely different and the measurements are a bit rough as I usually tend to just throw different bits and bobs in.
Smoothie essentials for me are;
Blender/Juicer- I currently have the Breville Blend Active which is brilliant but before that had a super cheap hand blender which did the job just fine.
Frozen Fruit- Yes fresh fruit is great but is expensive and doesn’t always last that long so I always have some frozen fruit in the freezer to help pad the smoothie out. In pretty much any shop you can get big bags of frozen fruit. I tend to go for the mixed berries bag and then some frozen mango as that is just a huge favourite of mine.
Natural Yoghurt- Yoghurt is my thickener for the smoothie; its cheap, comes in those giant tubs and doesn’t bring any unnecessary flavours into your drink.
Water- Water is my go to for any smoothie. I don’t want my smoothie too thick and adding water does no harm at all. If you liked you could add coconut water (not for me at all, I really dislike that flavour) but I always add water.
Fun Straws- So this isn’t really an essential but who doesn’t like making their breakfast smoothies/afternoon smoothie pick-me-up’s instagram worthy. I got a bunch of patterned straws last year of eBay in a variety of different colours but I’ve seen them in so many homeware stores and pound shops this year and IKEA do some really cool chunky plastic straws which just help to decorate your breakfast.
I tend to pretty much chop all my fruit throw it in the blender along with my yoghurt and whatever else I might be using and give that a good blend. Then I’ll add water if I need to depending on how thick it is. There isn’t really an order for making smoothies as they all end up mixed together.
1. Wake up Watermelon Smoothie
This is a really new recipe I tried out but is definitely my new favourite. It feels very summery but has plenty of zing to wake you up and start the day right!
1 cup Watermelon Cubed
3/4 Cup Strawberries
Half a lime
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
2 spoonfuls Natural Yoghurt
1/2 cup Water
For the Watermelon I cut about three slices just like in the photo above then cubed those up which made just over 1 cup! Throw the fruit into the blender, squeeze in half a lime add your preference in ginger or none at all add your yoghurt and blend. Once this is smooth see if you want to add any water or not. If you only give one of these recipes a try this is the one to go for! I think this would also taste really nice as frozen ice lollies.
2. Mango, Pineapple & Orange Smoothie
This is one I’ve made in a few different ways. It can be done with actual oranges or fresh orange juice and tastes really nice with or without pineapple.
1/2 cup Mango Chunks
3/4 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks
2 spoonfuls of Natural Yoghurt
1/2 cup Water
This is a really nice one for the morning as it’s fresh and tastes really tropical and fruity.
3. Kale Berry Smoothie
Being totally honest I’m not the biggest fan of having kale in a smoothie as it leaves it with a slightly grainy texture so this is definitely not one I could down the minute I wake up but the combination of it with my favourite berries is really nice.
Handful of Kale
3/4 cup of Mixed Berries
A few Mango Chunks
2 spoonfuls of Natural Yoghurt
3/4 cup of Water
Having the kale in this one means that its a lot more filling but also really tasty. Mixed berries I used for this one was some frozen ones and then some fresh strawberries too. You could do this with or without Mango as either tastes nice but I just love the addition of the mango flavour.
4. Twisted Carrot Juice
So this one is more of a juice but could be done in a blender if like me you don’t have a juicer! I do really enjoy this one just make sure it’s thoroughly blended as you don’t want lumps!
1/2 cup Celery
1 small Carrot finely grated/chopped
1/2 an Apple
1 cup Orange Juice
As this is a juice no yoghurt in this one but add some water if it comes up too thick rather than more orange juice otherwise that will just take over the flavour completely.
5. Basic Berries
If your feeling uninspired and don’t have anything much in the fridge this is an easy one that still tastes nice. All you need is your frozen berries and yoghurt.
2 cups frozen berries
3 spoonfuls of Natural Yoghurt
1 cup Water
An easy one that you could batch make and pop in the fridge for the week!
6. Banana Berry Smoothie
Another super easy one just with a slightly different flavour.
1 cup Frozen Berries
2 spoonfuls Yoghurt
Handful of Spinach leaves
1 cup Water
This is like the Kale Berry smoothie above has the added element of the green to boost your energy and fill you up a bit more but doesn’t taste of it at all as banana is a pretty strong flavour. You could always do this without the spinach or add in some mango or any other fruit you have kicking around!
I hope these recipes have given you some ideas.
Thanks for reading!xx