The Cool Britannia Power Smoothie is a thick and fruity blended smoothie that’s a great way to start your day, or power up your workout.
The trend for smoothies had somewhat passed me by until Becca at Amuse Your Bouche pointed out that they were a great way of using fruit and veg that are slightly past their best. As a keen ‘no waste’ advocate that made perfect sense to me, particularly when I get a bit over enthusiastic with the ‘buy one get one free’ offers!
This particular smoothie comes from a real treasure trove of a book Crussh: Juices Smoothies and Boosters. In the book you will find recipes for many of the drinks that you can buy in the Crussh juice bars. I don’t have a juicer or a super-fast power blender, but I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the recipes could be made in an ordinary blender or food processor.
Here are a few of the recipes that particularly appealed to me:
Rise and Shine – pineapple, blood orange, mango, passionfruit
Veggie Invigorator – carrots, tomatoes, celery, root ginger, lemon
Hot Apple and Cardamom Prune – apples, bananas, yogurt, prunes, cardamom seeds
Pecan Carmello Smoothie – Soya milk, bananas, yogurt, pecans, caramel sysrup, clear honey
Winter Cold Buster – root ginger, oranges, lime, echinaea, manuka honey
Who is it for? Anyone who wants to up their intake of fruit and veg. People who like juices and smoothies, people who love Crussh Juice Bars and, of course, kitchen gadget freaks!
Pros: Full of lots of great ideas for healthy drinks. Easy to follow recipes using mainly everyday ingredients.
Cons: To get maximum benefit from this book you really do need a juicer and/or a high powered blender that will pulverise root vegetables.
The Verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by the number of recipes I could make with my kitchen blender and also by the great flavour of the Cool Britannia Power Smoothie. I’m not saying I would swap my usual bircher muesli breakfast for a smoothie, but for a change or a vitamin boost I’d certainly make a smoothie again.
- 150 ml/5 fl oz/scant 2/3 cup soya milk
- 1/2 banana
- 125 ml/4 fl oz/ 1/2 cup low fat yogurt (or soy yogurt) frozen overnight or yogurt plus 4 ice cubes
- 75 g /2 1/2 oz/1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 150g/ 5 1/2 oz/1 1/4 cups frozen raspberries
- 85g/3oz silken tofu, cut into chunks
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Put all the ingredients, including the chia seeds booster, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Serve immediately
- Packed with vitamins B1, B5, B6, B7, C, folic acid calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphate, potassium, zinc, fibre, iodine.
- Plenty of: vitamins B12, E, beta-carotene, selenium
- Also contains: vitamin B3, ellagic acid, favonoids, isofavones
- *I used soy yogurt and did not freeze it so it works fine without freezing. I also used a pack of frozen summer berries, easy to add straight from the freezer.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowl
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Juices, Smoothies and Boosters
By Crussh Food & Juice Bars
Paperback -RRP £12.99