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Kick start your day with a smoothie made with your favourite fruits and vegetables. When making smoothies, it is important to think about the ingredients which you are using and the combination of the fruits or vegetables. Try to use fruits or vegetables which you really like and perhaps one or two which you don’t like so much but you know to be super healthy.

Think about whether the fruits or vegetables are soft or hard as this may affect the texture of the smoothie and blending time and lastly, think about whether you need to peel the ingredients. This is important when you don’t have much time for instance, in the morning before work or school.

Here is a list of some fruit and vegetable smoothie combinations you may wish to try. You could use a hand blender, jug or bottle blender with a ¼ volume being water or fruit juice. It is easier if the ingredients are cut up into small pieces.

Fruit smoothies:

  • Apple and pear
  • Banana and kiwi
  • Banana and mango
  • Banana and pear
  • Banana and strawberry
  • Blackberry and banana
  • Blueberry and oatmeal
  • Blueberry and strawberry
  • Dates and milk
  • Nectarine and banana
  • Persimmon and banana
  • Persimmon and kiwi
  • Persimmon and nectarine
  • Persimmon and apricot
  • Plum and kiwi
  • Raspberries and blueberries
  • Walnut and banana

Vegetable smoothies:

  • Avocado and parsley
  • Avocado and spinach
  • Beetroot and tomato
  • Carrot and beetroot
  • Carrot and ginger
  • Celery and broccoli
  • Cucumber and carrot
  • Cucumber and spinach
  • Kale and spinach
  • Tomato and carrot

TOP TIPS

The smoothie combinations above only use two fruits or vegetables at a time, partly to control costs but also, most smoothies only count as one of your five-a-day.

The fun is in getting super creative when making your smoothies. Mixing vegetables with fruits, using more than two ingredients, using unusual fruit and vegetables, adding seeds and dried fruits e.g. figs, goji berries, prunes, dates, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chia seeds, nuts such as pecans, walnuts, pistachios, oats, and grains. Adding nuts, dried fruits, oats and grains allows you to incorporate these into your daily diet, as well as adding nutrients to your smoothie.

If you don’t like the taste of the fruit or vegetable smoothie, you can add fruit juice, milk or yoghurt of any type, to enhance the taste. Adding juice, yoghurt or milk will loosen the consistency at the same time as giving the smoothie extra flavour.

Adding water thins the smoothie and makes it easier to drink. If giving the smoothie to a young child or young children, a thicker smoothie is easier to eat with a spoon or a wider straw.

If using hard nuts, dried fruits or seeds, check that your blender can manage them. It might help to soak hard nuts, dried fruit, and seeds first in water, or to cut them into smaller pieces, as this makes it easier to blend.

WARNING

Before adding nuts and seeds, make sure you know food allergies of those who you are feeding, especially when feeding babies and young children, who will not be able to tell you what they cannot eat. Foods which include nuts, dairy and seeds can be seriously harmful and sometimes fatal.

Make sure the smoothie is blended well before giving it to babies and young children. Foods such as nuts can choke babies and toddlers if they are not blended properly.

Babies, toddlers, and young children should always be supervised when eating.


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