I always feel better when I am pumping myself full of fresh fruit and vegetables. New guidelines recommend we eat 10 portions a day ( it was 5 when I was growing up ). I know I don’t always reach that but I do find it easier when I make smoothies or juices at home in the mornings.
This past week or so I have been trialling the Blend Active Pro Personal Blender from Breville. The blender is ideal for those busy days when you just want to grab something and head out the door. You blend straight into the removable container which then doubles up as your drinks bottle. It is the perfect size for individual servings and means you can experiment more with different flavours knowing you aren’t going to end up with lots of smoothie waste if you don’t love it. It is super easy to use with just one button and also easy to remove and clean.
A few days this week I opted for simple smoothies of bananas ( frozen for texture and to keep my smoothie chilled ), apples, spinach, some kind of juice or yoghurt and I would throw in some spices ( turmeric is a great one as is cinnamon) or any extra bits of fruit and veg I wanted to use up. I did however create these two indecently good smoothies which I thought I would share with you below, both very different – one being creamy and almost like a milkshake whilst the other is fresh and juicy. Both healthy, full of flavour and enjoyable to drink.
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
You will need:
2 bananas, diced and frozen
100g natural yoghurt ( I used low fat )
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp natural cocoa powder
Add all ingredients to your blender and blitz until smooth. This makes a small but thick and indulgent serving, perfect for one person.
Blood Orange, Berry, Spinach & Carrot Smoothie
You will need:
1 blood orange, peeled and quartered
1 carrot, roughly cut into large chunks
handful of baby leaf spinach
handful of frozen berries
100ml orange juice
1 good squirt of honey
Add all ingredients to your blend active and blitz until smooth.
I feel pretty good after a week of making sure I am getting all this extra goodness so I plan to continue with it. I can highly recommend the Breville Blend Active Pro if you are looking for a budget friendly personal blender.
- I was sent a personal blender and compensated for my time in testing and creating these recipes.