It has been quite some time since I last posted a smoothie recipe here on the blog. At the beginning of my blogging journey, I started a blog series called ‘Smoothie / Slushie Sunday’ which featured some delicious smoothie and iced slushie recipes. I recently invested in a NutriBullet, after my 10-year-old blender died a slow and painful death earlier this year. My NutriBullet is one of the best investments I have made in a long time, I have never seen such power in such a compact blender. The extractor blade twists directly onto any NutriBullet cup, allowing you to blend and drink from the same container, so it saves time and reduces additional cleanup. For the photo above I transferred the smoothie to a pretty Consol jar (for photography purposes) but usually I just drink my smoothies directly from the plastic NutriBullet cup.
If you’re in the market for a new blender (and you don’t mind splurging a bit), then I highly recommend you check out the NutriBullet on Yuppiechef. I bought mine using my FNB eBucks, so in a way I bagged it for free! Not really…but you know what I mean.
I’ve been tweeting about my smoothies during the last couple of months, and mentioned my rediscovered smoothie obsession in a blog post a few months ago too. I have received so many emails and private messages on both Facebook and Twitter from my readers asking me to feature smoothie recipes on Pink Peonies. I had so much fun posting my own recipes back in 2013, so I decided to start featuring my favourite smoothies here on the blog again. I’m going to change the name of the series to just ‘Smoothie Recipes’ or something similar, because I might not always be able to post the recipe on a Sunday.
Let me start off by telling you what kind of smoothies I prefer: These days I love fruit smoothies that contain no dairy (not even almond milk). A smoothie made with fruit, ice and water / fruit juice is just so refreshing – there’s nothing quite like it! I have tried to incorporate greens (kale & spinach) into my smoothies, but I just can’t seem to get used to that ‘green’ and earthy taste. I do want to start incorporating more veggies in my smoothies as well, and I’ve been testing a new recipe that I will feature very soon. I’m quite excited about this unique ‘veggie’ smoothie recipe, as I think I’ve managed to transform the taste into something truly special. But more on that in another blog post…
For today’s recipe, I’m doing a simple smoothie that tastes like Summer in a cup! I like using both fresh and frozen fruit in my smoothies, because frozen fruit give it that smooth sorbet consistency. I also prefer freezing certain types of fruit as soon as I buy them, I cut them up into chunky cubes and freeze in plastic freezer bags. This ensures I always have fruit on hand for my smoothies, and I don’t have to worry about the fruit going bad after a few of days. I always freeze a couple of bags of Summer fruit (mangoes, watermelon, peaches, grapes and pineapple) towards the end of Summer to ensure I have fruit available that might not be in season during Winter or Spring.
Oh, and one other thing… Woolworths have THE BEST quality frozen blueberries and raspberries I have ever seen, each berry is actually still plump and intact unlike the bag of blueberries I bought at another supermarket a while ago (the bag contained tiny smashed up pieces of berries). Plus it’s soooo much more affordable to buy a bag of frozen berries, compared to a small punnet of fresh berries.
The below ingredient quantities will make 1 serving.
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 large sliced fresh banana
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tbs chia seeds
Add all ingredients to your Nutribullet cup or any blender you have at home, and blend until creamy and smooth. If you are using a ripe banana, you can skip the agave nectar completely. I like using green-ish bananas as I don’t like the smell or taste of ripe ones.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
You can also add more coconut water (or ice cold tap water) if too thick.
You don’t have to sprinkle extra chia seeds on top. I just thought it looked pretty.
HEALTH & BEAUTY BENEFITS:
♥ Raspberries are very high in antioxidants which combat free radicals & slow down ageing by reducing oxidative damage to cells.
♥ Blueberries are at the top of the superfruit list because they are high in antioxidants and Vitamin K (Vit K plays a role in maintaining the skin elasticity), these antioxidants protect you from premature ageing.
♥ Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, B & E thus it works as an anti-ageing agent. Bananas also reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help protect against free radicals, premature aging and chronic disease. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently remove toxins and heavy metals from the body.
♥ Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, 2 important elements which are used in the process of cell growth & regulation. It has significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic properties which helps to balance PH levels and keep connective tissue hydrated. Coconut water also deals with hair loss issues by improving blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening hair follicles and increasing the density of the hair strand.
♥ Chia seeds are the highest natural source of omega-3s (a fatty acid that benefits the skin by helping to strengthen cell membranes that allow water & nutrients in, whilst keeping toxins out). They also boost energy, help stabilise blood sugar levels, promote detoxification plus possess anti-cancer properties.
♥ Agave nectar is a natural, vegan, low-glycemic sweetener similar to honey. It has anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties which help to keep you healthy. Agave nectar can also be effective in weight loss due to its low impact on blood sugar and its ability to decrease appetite. Agave has also been associated with lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of certain cancers, and increasing the absorption of nutrients (isoflavones, calcium and magnesium).
Agave nectar, chia seeds and coconut water are all sold at health food stores like Dis-Chem, Faithful To Nature and Wellness Warehouse. I personally always buy Nature’s Choice Coconut Water at Dis-Chem because it is the most affordable brand – R 14,95 for 250ml (I can make 2 smoothies with 1 bottle).
Top Tip: This recipe also freezes well for popsicles – yum!