So there’s much experimenting going on. It seems to be a question of picking your base, picking your fruit, and then deciding if you want some add-ons.
Greek yoghurt is a good base, but you’ll need a little water or juice to thin it down or you’ll be eating your smoothie with a spoon :o)
Whey protein powder is another option – usually one scoop plus 200ml water. Vanilla’s a good base because it goes with most things.
Juice, almond milk and coconut water are also good bases, but you’ll need a banana (or add some yoghurt) to help thicken the smoothie.
This is where the fun starts – do you choose berries and cherries (which are high in anthocyanins and therefore meant to be good antioxidants), or tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango and passion fruit, or something with a bright colour such as kiwifruit? (Or maybe you fancy a green smoothie, made with spinach or kale and green tea plus a banana.)
Oats – for added texture and fibre
Flax seed – good for helping to lower cholesterol
Nut butter – added texture and protein
Spices – I’m a bit of a cinnamon junkie, but ginger and nutmeg are both also good in smoothies
(For green smoothies, adding a teaspoon of powdered spirulina will make the colour amazing, as well as adding vitamins and minerals – the taste can be quite strong, though, so you’ll need strong flavours to mask it!)
Vanilla and nectarine:
1 scoop of vanilla whey powder
1 nectarine, stoned and chopped
100g Greek yoghurt
100ml pineapple juice
two handfuls of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, stoned cherries, strawberries)
(you might also need to add a little water as it's quite thick)
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