Thursday, 18 June 2015

Super Banana Berry Smoothie








Its true! I am officially obsessed with bananas and berries. But I recently met a few people who absolutely hate bananas and I just don't understand why. I think they are missing out on one of nature's best gifts to mankind. That is besides the point though.

It is painfully easy to blend smoothies and is hugely rewarding when done the right way. Basically you consume a huge portion of good, nutritious foods in a quick glassful, which you might never think of eating individually during the course of a regular busy day. Smoothies also make excellent meal alternatives especially when you are on the go.

Banana is a rich source of potassium & fibre and is known help maintain normal blood pressure  and lower the risk of heart disease. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin A, B6, C and E which literally translates brilliant skincare. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants that have anti ageing benefits. The list goes on and on but I need to stop for the sake of this post! My lovelies, are you convinced yet?

Lets get started with the preparation, shall we?

Ingredients-

1 very ripe banana 
The reason why you need a ripe spotty dirty looking banana is because that will make your smoothie sweet & delicious. Also, non ripe bananas are the reason behind serious constipation. I know this is TMI but then I think it's an important issue that needs to be talked about)




A handful of frozen berries or a mix of fresh berries cause ain't nothing like fresh seasonal berries ;) 
I prefer fresh strawberries & blueberries (because right now they are in season). The frozen pack usually contains raspberries & currants in addition to strawberries & blueberries and is a good option as it also serves the purpose of ice! However, choosing between frozen or fresh berries is completely a matter of choice and I will leave this at your discretion. Alternately you could throw in both fresh and frozen berries and experience best of both worlds.

1 cup milk of choice 
Milk is a very personal choice, although I recommend almond milk, you could pretty much use whatever plant/animal based milk you like. Just stay away from the full fat ones ;)

A few drops of honey or agave syrup for that extra sweetness
This step is optional as well, it all depends on how sweet you like your smoothie to be.

Half a teaspoon of coffee to wake you up

Half a teaspoon of almond butter to make it rich & creamy 

Get your blender out, throw everything in and blitz. Your smoothie will be ready in under a minute. I use the NutriBullet and I absolutely love that mean machine. Have you tried the NutriBullet? If not, which blender/ extractor do you use? I am such a curious cat!

My super banana berry smoothie is ideal as a pre or post workout snack. It is packed with goodness from fruit and contains natural sugars which instantly energise the system. The subtle caffeine kick is absolutely on point or should I say on fleek?  It is exactly what you need to get your day started and it's not the overwhelming, sickening or dehydrating caffeine kick that you get from a cappuccino or latte. The sharp tarty berry taste in my opinion is the best wake up call. This smoothie tastes divine and is a good change from the usual banana chocolate smoothie that everyone has been drinking for a while now.

On a side note, I am also looking out for a juicer. Let me know if you have any good recommendations. 

Do you think that smoothies have revolutionised nutrition? Let me know your thoughts on smoothies.






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