For the second instalment of my summer challenge with Lactofree (see my Lactofree Strawberry & Cream Cheesecake here), I was asked to come up with some fruity smoothie ideas. During the week, I’m not a huge breakfast person and I find making a fresh smoothie is the quickest and easiest way to kick the day off with the right ingredients!
Smoothies are usually considered very healthy, but the ones available to buy in the supermarket are often packed with sugars and other nasties you might not be aware of. I think a smoothie is a great way to kick off the day in a healthy way, so I prefer to make my own. Whenever I have fruit I can’t finish, I chop it up and freeze it, ready to go in the blender whenever I feel like having a smoothie. It helps you to not waste food, and is super handy to have around when you want to create a cool, refreshing smoothie.
For me, it’s all about the top ups : milk + fruit is the base for a pretty standard smoothie, but what can you add to make it even better – both in flavour as well as nutrients? I’ve been experimenting by adding a teaspoon of nut butters, which add both a bit of texture and healthy fats, protein and fibres. Milled seeds also work like a treat, as well as a scoop of protein powder if you want to top up your daily intake.
My first summer recipe is a fresh mango, banana and blueberry smoothie, with a teaspoon of Hazelnut butter. In terms of quantities, it all depends on how you prefer yours: add milk as desired to make your smoothies firmer or more liquid. Using frozen fruit will make it really chilled and refreshing. I often add a bit of soy protein powder to it as well.
My second smoothie uses a slightly unexpected ingredient: the avocado. Avocados are a real superfood and are usually seen in a savoury context, but they actually make a great base for smoothies too. The texture when blended is really creamy, and somehow works wonderfully with fresh kiwi – it might sound odd, but it really works! As well as a cup of Lactofree milk, I also added a scoop of milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed mix for extra fibre. A true winner to get you going in the morning!