Updated: A nutritious and delicious smoothie is a great way to wake up in the morning.
The Silvercrest Smoothie Maker (£14.99), available in 3 colours to match your kitchen, can help you prepare your own fresh smoothies in a handy detachable tumbler that also functions as a travel cup. Find it in store from Thursday.
What smoothies do you like to make at home? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
Mine are not exactly smoothies but the process is the same.
**Oops Forgot*** I've now added an essential ingredient - a bit of fresh ginger! really peps it up.
A really healthy and refreshing drink we've become addicted to lately at home. Ideal to start your day or drink mid morning to stave off those biscuit cravings, or to accompany a meal, in fact it's good at any time. Any left over will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
You can vary the proportions of course to suit your taste.
2x sticks of celery
2x eating apples
Half a cucumber
Spinach - good handful of tender leaves
2-3 Dark Kale leaves (ideally Cavalo Nero)
2 ripe Kiwi fruit
A cube of fresh ginger.
A few sorrel leaves or a squeeze of lemon juice
Roughly chop the celery, spinach and cucumber (leave the skin on the cucumber)
Core the apples (leave skin on) and chop
Peel the kiwi fruit and slice.
Peel the ginger
Put them all in a blender (or juicer) with a little water and whizz into a sloppy pulp. If you haven't got a juicer (like me) then drain in a seive over a jug and press the juice out of the pulp.
I squeeze mine through a mesh bag I use for grape pulp in winemaking.
This makes about a wine bottle full of juice.
Bottle and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Apple and Beetroot
1 large or two medium raw beetroot
2 eating apples
Peel the beetroot and chop roughly
Core the apples and chop them
Blend together with a little water and strain as described above.
The flavour of this is amazing..
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However, I find that the best is to use column 1 and column 2 (veg and water base) or column 2 and column 3 (fruit and milk base). I like strong flavours. Just pick what you like and try it. Unlikely to produce something really undrinkable, although sometimes you think 'not again'.
2 sticks of celery, cup of spinach, half a lime and water.
half an over ripe melon, half a lemon, milk and yogurt.
quater cucumber, 2 sticks of celery, 2 spring onions (white and green), half a lime and water
1 grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 apple and WATER (could use milk, but in this case water is better)
or as a cocktail
2 kiwi fruit, apple, milk and a dash of rum
1 peach, 1 pear, milk and a dash or rum
cup of cavalo nero, 2 stick of celery, over ripe large tomato, water and a dash of vodka.
overripe strawberries, milk and yogurt.
You can also freeze these when made for a delicious summer drink.