Back when I started this whole health kick, JB suggested in the comments that I should try smoothies for breakfast as a handy way of getting more fruit into my diet, and overcoming my inability to eat bananas, in one fell swoop.
Try it I did, and I’ve had smoothies for breakfast most days since! They’re great as you can drink them whilst sitting at the computer and not have to worry about getting crumbs in the keyboard. Even better, they are perfect for putting in a bottle and drinking on the train/bus on that long commute to work 🙂 I wouldn’t recommend making one the night before though – banana has a nasty habit of going all brown and icky, even in smoothie form, if left to its own devices for too long.
The following is my current favourite mix, great to have after your morning yoga session:
Cas’ Perfect Post-Yoga Breakfast Smoothie
You will need:
- Two ripe bananas – in fact, over ripe or a bit bruised doesn’t matter here. It adds to the flavour.
- A kiwi.
- A good dollup of Greek yoghurt.
How to make it:
- Chop up the fruit into small chunks (don’t forget to remove skins and labels) and place in a blender.
- Add a good dollup of Greek yoghurt – how much depends on your taste and how runny/thick you want the smoothie to be. If you don’t use enough, you can always add more at the end.
- Give it all a good whizz in the blender. If you don’t have a decent blender, I recommend that you get one – I got a hand blender like this one. It only cost Â£9.99 and does the job admirably, coping well with apples, which is something a lot of standard blenders find a bit hard.
- Put it in a glass and drink it – that’s it.
You could also try:
- Adding a clementine, or another kiwi, to the mix. You can put in any fruit that you have to hand, but I like the citrus mixes best. If you go for apples (and why not, they’re nice too), chop it up really small before you try to blend it. Whilst the firmer apples such as Pink Lady’s are great to munch on, on their own, I find they just don’t blend down enough to make a good smoothie – you end up having to half chew/half slurp the drink which isn’t great.
- Plain yoghurt instead of Greek. I find the plain yoghurt lacks taste, but the grocery store doesn’t always have Greek yoghurt, so you make do with what you can get.
- Oh, and when I said to make sure you removed the labels, I’m not joking. Especially with apples, where you blend the skin as well, it is VERY easy to forget there’s this little plastic label sticking to the side of your breakfast… No, don’t laugh, I’ve done this. Many times. Not tasty.
Anyone got any other mixes they want to share?
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