Berry Good Smoothie

Pretty in pink and heart healthy. Wishing a happy mother’s day to all mums, grandmums and mother figures out there. I don’t live even close to my own mum so I will be sure to call her. Ps, you are welcome for the pun. I know there are dad jokes but are there mum jokes? We must investigate. Happy mother’s day to the funny mummies, yummy mummies and the all around awesome mummies.

Recipe

1 cup mixed berries

1 cup pineapple, diced

1/2 banana

3 tbsp old fashioned oats

1 tbsp linseed, ground

1/3 cup water, depends on your desired consistency

Blend all ingredients together. Do not over blend. I decorated with pumpkin seeds, roasted coconut and watermelon hearts. Serves two.

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Forest Berry Smoothie.

Last smoothie I promise. This is a super refreshing summer smoothie with berries and cucumbers. Perfect for a patio date or tricking your kids or husband into eating more greens. I also like to decorate it a bit either with a berry skewer, watermelon hearts or even a cucumber stick as a stirrer. The possibilities are edible endless.

Recipe

1.5 cups frozen mixed berries, partially thawed

1 small cucumber, chopped

2 tbsp old fashion oats

1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (I like it with pulp)

1/2 cup water

Blend until smoothie. Do not over blend. Serve in a pretty glass with decorations if you are feeling fancy. Serves one.

Mango Smoothie Bowl

And the #smoothiebowl adventures continue with this pretty and delicious little number.

Recipe

1 cup frozen mango

4 heaping tbsp old fashion oats

1 tbsp ground linseed

1/2 cup water

Blend all in ingredients together until mixed. Do not over blend. I decorated with the left over pomegranate seeds from my previous recipes, pumpkin seeds and oats. Enjoy!

Ps. This is so quick to make (including decorating) I managed to do everything while the tea kettle was going.

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Feed your body and your mind with an antioxidant rich smoothie bowl and a side of literature.

Recipe

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 ripe banana

3 heaping tbsp old fashioned oats

1 tbsp ground linseed

3 tbsp oat milk (or whichever milk you prefer)

I let my berries thaw in the fridge overnight which means they let out some water. If you make the smoothie with frozen berries you may need to add some milk or water depending on your desired consistency when everything has been blended together. Only blend until mixed. Never over blend. I garnished with 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds and some more oats.

Fruit Smoothies with a Special Guest

Fruit smoothies can get a bad wrap. Too much sugar, not enough fibre etc. The best way to avoid this is to keep it as true to form as possible. This means using fresh ripened fruit with the skin on and water to help it blend plus a cheeky special guest, spinach.

I find spinach goes exceptionally well with berry based smoothies. Introducing a vegetable, or leafy greens in general, to a smoothie will help to add bulk and fibre which will slow down the absorption of fruit sugars. I also add a heaping teaspoon of ground flax seed to my smoothies as flax seeds continue good fats. It is a good idea to add flax seeds or any other healthy fat to a smoothie as some vitamins are fat soluble and some are water soluble. This means your body needs one or the other to absorb certain vitamins. It is also important to use ground flax seeds or else the seeds will just pass through you.

Time for the recipe:

1 cup strawberries

1 cup nectarines

3 pods frozen spinach, or one compressed cup of baby spinach leaves

1 heaping teaspoon ground flax seed

1 cup of water

Blend together and enjoy. If you use frozen fruit and vegetables which I do for smoothies I just portion them out the evening before and let it all thaw in the fridge and blend it in the morning. Frozen produce is great when you want to “catch” certain items in season; just wash, cut and freeze in a single layer before placing the produce in freezer bags.

Necterine Strawberry Smoothie