I know it’s pretty much the end of January already but I wanted to share the delicious smoothie recipes that I’ve been enjoying this month. These recipes have kick-started my healthier living plan and I will definitely be continuing to blitz up smoothies throughout the year – they are really filling and packed full of delicious fresh ingredients – so they are ideal for a healthy lifestyle. Today I’m sharing a couple of my favourites and I’ve linked to many more below, so please check them out for more smoothie inspiration too.So I’m starting off with my absolute favourite smoothie of all time – a Cherry Good Banana Smoothie. I got this delicious recipe card from Cherry good and I’m sharing it below, along with a recipe for a Triple-Berry Cherry Good Smoothie.Download the recipe PDF by following this link – Cherry Good Recipe Card – and keep it stored in your iBooks app ready for the next time you want to make a smoothie. My favourite recipe is as simple as pouring Cherry Good juice over a banana and blitzing up with milk and ice cubes. It makes the coolest, thickest smoothie ever and it is delicious!
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I am really not a fan of fruit. Actually, that’s not strictly true, because if it is stewed with lots of sugar and put in a pie or crumble, I am very happy to eat it indeed. But fresh fruit? No thanks. For me the only way to get a healthy intake of fruit (without all the sugar!) is to whizz it up into a smoothie and then I will happily drink it and really enjoy it. Odd, huh? I don’t know why that is, maybe it’s the fact that it looks more like a milkshake afterwards? Anyway, it works for me, and anything to make my diet a little more healthy is fine with me. I’ve found loads of recipes for juice mocktails (very useful during my #Dryathlon this month!) and smoothies on the Cherry Good website and I love searching online to get inspiration for different types of smoothie. Of course, browsing for recipes online whilst mixing up wet ingredients is not a good combination so I’ve got an attachment for my iPad – a spill-resistant bluetooth keyboard from Logitech – which means that I can search for recipe ingredients no matter how wet or mucky my hands get!
I’ve been trying out this new Keys-To-Go keyboard device this week and I am impressed with it. It’s simple to connect to your tablet by Bluetooth and it is a completely sealed unit so it is ideal for the task that I want it for – searching for recipes while I’m cooking in the kitchen. I actually thought it would be a jelly-esque keyboard that was floppy or rolls up, but this is a real, hard-backed keyboard with good key spacing yet all the keys are sealed, making it water (and batter!) resistant. This means that you don’t need to have it on a hard-surface to use it, you can even type with it on your lap. I’m pretty impressed with it, although it is a little bigger than my iPad mini so it doesn’t fit in the same bag that I carry my tablet in, but that’s the only bad thing I’ve got to say about it! I’ve come up with my own smoothie recipe that is extra filling, thanks to a helping of overnight oats. I soak some porridge oats in about 100ml of skimmed milk overnight to soften and then add a banana, a handful of frozen mixed berries and about 100ml of Chery Good juice. Blend it to whatever smoothness you like, but I like to just combine the ingredients rather than puree it, in order to create a textured smoothie that is really tasty as well as being much more filling than a normal smoothie thanks to the oats. Let me know if you too are a fan of smoothies and share your favourite recipes ideas by leaving me a comment below. And be sure to get in touch if you try out any of these recipes yourself, I’d love to hear how you get on!