Sunshine Fruit Smoothie

Sunshine Fruit Smoothie

Bursting with kiwi, banana, strawberries and red grape juice I think you’ll love this sweet sunshine fruit smoothie recipe. Smoothies are a brilliant way of getting your five a day, especially if like me you are not a big fruit eater. Now I know fruit juices are getting lots of bad press due to the high level of naturally occurring sugars, if this is something you’re concerned about then a good way to reduce the impact here is to dilute the red grape juice with water. Either way, this really is a delicious fruit smoothie.

Sunshine Fruit Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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IngredientsSunshine Fruit Smoothie

1 medium banana
1 kiwi
2 large strawberries
100ml red grape juice

Method

1. Peel and chop the fruit and place in a blender.

2. Add the red grape juice, then blitz until smooth. Enjoy straight away!

I’ve not delved into the world of vegetable smoothies and juices yet, have you? I’m still unsure about it all. However, I recently picked up a copy of the Innocent Smoothies recipe book whilst browsing in an Oxfam bookshop, it was an absolute bargain at £1.99, I’m hoping it will give me lots more smoothie inspiration, possibly of the veggie kind too.

Until next time.

Julie
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Kiwi, Banana and Coconut Smoothie

Julie's Family Kitchen Kiwi, Banana and Coconut Smoothie

Smoothies are a terrific breakfast option when you’re on the go. Easy to prepare and packed full of healthy nutrients you’ll love this tropical inspired Kiwi, Banana and Coconut Smoothie recipe. It’s literally bursting with Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Potassium, all good for your health and wellbeing. Made with naturally sweet coconut water (a brilliant source of hydration) there’s no need to sweeten this smoothie with honey. I recommend you look out for 100% coconut water, as some brands include preservatives, additives and sugar.

Kiwi, Banana and Coconut Smoothie

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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IngredientsJulie's Family Kitchen Kiwi, Banana and Coconut Smoothie

1 kiwi
1 banana
260ml pure coconut water
2 ice cubes

Method

1. Pour the coconut water into a blender and add the ice cubes.

2. Peel and chop the fruit into chunks, then place in the blender.

3. Pulse to crush the ice, then blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Enjoy!

Julie's Family Kitchen Kiwi, Banana and Coconut Smoothie

Until next time.

Julie
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Blackberry and Apple Smoothie

Blackberry and apple smoothie

With such an abundance of blackberries around at the moment I’m planning on using them in lots of recipes this month. I thought this autumnal fruit smoothie might just hit the spot. My girls loved it, I hope you enjoy it too.

Blackberry and Apple Smoothie

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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IngredientsBlackberry and apple smoothie

250g blackberries
300ml pressed apple juice
4 tablespoons 0% fat natural yogurt
1 tablespoon runny honey

Method

1. Carefully wash the blackberries and place in a blender with the apple juice, blitz until as smooth as possible.

2. Sieve the puree into a jug and then discard the seeds.

3. Rinse out the blender and return the puree to the blender, add the yogurt and honey. Blitz until fully combined and smooth. Enjoy!

Blackberry and apple smoothie

If you have a super powerful blender you might not need to sieve the puree at all. I’m not sure I can justify an upgrade at the moment as my kitchen cupboards are bursting with cake tins and kitchen gadgets. So I’m sticking with my trusty old blender for now.

Until next time.

Julie
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Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Packed full of nutritional goodness this Strawberry and Banana Smoothie will please everyone (well nearly everyone!). My children really enjoy smoothies and now I’ve got into the habit of making them on a regular basis, I’m finding it a great way of serving up some of their 5 a day…or is it 7!

With the abundance of sweet British strawberries at the moment now is most definitely the best time to make this healthy smoothie. I’ve added a little honey but you can leave it out if you want to. My blender can’t crush ice so I add ice cold water but if you have a really powerful blender then I’d suggest replacing the water with ice cubes instead.

Here’s my recipe for Strawberry and Banana Smoothies.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

250g strawberries
3 medium bananas
2 tablespoons natural yoghurt
4 tablespoons ice cold water
1 tablespoon runny honey

Method

1. Hull the strawberries, then peel and chop the bananas into chunks. Place all the fruit into a blender.

2. Add the yoghurt, water and honey. Then blitz in the blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

If you enjoy this smoothie I have some more smoothies you might like to check out too.

Berrylicious Smoothie

Berrylicious Smoothie

Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Banana cinnamon smoothie

Do you have a favourite smoothie? I find it hard to pick a favourite, if you have one I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time.

Julie
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Berrylicious Smoothie

Berrylicious Smoothie

My fridge is usually packed full of fresh fruit, as my two oldest children always have fruit after a meal. In a house where there is often a homemade cake, cookie or biscuit to be had, I think that it’s quite important. Unfortunately my youngest is not so good at eating fruit and at the moment the only fruit he’ll eat is a banana or a pot of fruit purée. Therefore, after being fed a daily banana, I’m often told ‘No baa, no baa’ which translates as ‘I have absolutely had enough bananas mum, please no more’. You get the message!

I’ve been getting lots of colds recently and generally feeling a bit run down. I think maybe I need to eat more fruit too. So whilst the children were at school I made this delicious smoothie full of vitamin rich strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and banana. I really loved it and it’s so quick to make too.

Here’s the recipe for my Berrylicious Smoothie.

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 small banana
10 raspberries
5 strawberries
30 blueberries
2 tablespoons natural 0% fat yoghurt
1 tablespoon runny honey
4 tablespoons cold water

Method

1. Cut the banana into chunks, hull the strawberries and place in a blender along with the other fruits, honey, yoghurt and water.

2. Blitz until smooth, if too thick add a splash of water. Serve immediately.

Berrylicious Smoothie

By enjoying my Berrylicious Smoothie I’ve boosted my fruit consumption for the day. I’m hoping if I continue to keep up my fruit intake maybe I’ll start to feel the health benefits and banish those germs away.

Until next time.

Julie
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Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Banana cinnamon smoothie

Who doesn’t enjoy a smoothie, this is a lovely simple smoothie recipe using some of my favourite ingredients banana and cinnamon. Sweetened with a little honey, this banana cinnamon smoothie tastes just sublime. It’s great for breakfast or if you’re like me need an energy boost mid morning then this is perfect.

I made the smoothie for my children as an alternative to their usual snack and they absolutely loved it.

Banana cinnamon smoothie

Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 medium bananas
300ml milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons runny honey

Method

1. Chop the bananas into chunks, then put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.

2. Serve in tall glasses.

So quick and easy, yet ever so tasty. Enjoy!

Until next time.

Julie
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