Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mango, banana and spinach smoothie

Ever since I went on my smoothie kick which started here and here I have been wanting to add some veggies into the ingredient list. Spinach seemed like the easiest but I was a bit wary of what it would taste like! Finally I bit the bullet, but compensated by adding more honey and yoghurt than normal to mask the taste. Turns out, I shouldn’t have worried too much. Whilst this recipe involves lighter-coloured fruit and therefore a slightly menacing-looking end result, it tasted just like a regular mango/banana smoothie. Yay!

Ingredients
1 banana
1 MC rolled oats
1 MC frozen mango pieces
1 big handful of fresh baby spinach (start with a small handful if you’re a bit apprehensive!)
1 MC milk
1 small tub yoghurt (this time I used a 170g carton of Chobani natural yoghurt but you can stick to 1 MC of your preferred yoghurt which I am sure will work fine)
A generous squeeze of honey
5-6 ice cubes

Method
Whizz for 50 seconds/speed 10

Next time I’ll pop berries in which should solve the issue of colour if anyone is a little bit icky :). Would love thoughts on what other veggies i can hide in there!

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Blueberry smoothie

Good ol’ Melbourne. I get excited to try a whole range of Thermomix smoothies after my first attempt, buy a stack of frozen fruit so I can mix and match, and then the weather goes back to just above freezing.

Been soldiering on with the smoothie recipes though and I have gotten to a base fruit/oat/dairy recipe that gives me my preferred consistency (creamy and not too icy, with a bit of texture from the oats). My base ingredients are now:

1 banana (frozen is good but if you don’t do this it’s not a massive issue. Medium banana would be my minimum size recommendation, I go between medium and large)
1 MC rolled oats
1 MC yoghurt
1 MC milk
5-6 cubes of ice
1 squeeze of honey
1 MC frozen fruit of choice (mixed berries, mango, etc)

Dump all of this into your TMX bowl and whizz for 30 secs/speed 9.

This is my blueberry version, packed up in my snazzy bottle for the train ride to work!

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Practicing my Thermomix smoothies – Berry, banana and oatmeal

With bubs on the way, I’m looking for easy ways to add more veggies and fruit into my diet. I’ve been shovelling grapes down like there’s no tomorrow, and can’t wait for mango season to arrive. I do lack a little bit in the green veggie department though, so when a friend told me she’d made a yummy spinach and strawberry smoothie I thought “JACKPOT! BLEND ALL THAT STUFF INTO ONE GLASS!” (I’m really not sure why it didn’t cross my mind before. How sad.)

Anyway, the idea of throwing a massive handful of spinach into a brekkie drink was in equal parts tempting and off-putting. So I decided to perfect a base TMX smoothie with more palatable ingredients first, before moving on to the hardcore stuff. It’s just the right time as well given that we’ve had our first 24 degree day in FOREVER! This combination of ingredients is based off Boost’s brekkie to go, which was my go-to smoothie when I used to work with the company.

I’m going to put down exactly what I used here (and I used the TMX MC cup as a base measurer), but I want to also preface this by saying that it’s not the right mix yet. I’ll include my thoughts on what I’d change at the end. I would also love any suggestions anyone has!

Ingredients

1.5 MCs of frozen berries

1 ripe banana, broken into chunks

1/2 MC rolled oats (I like Coles Organic brand)

2 MCs milk

Honey to taste (I added about 3 squeezes)

1.5 handfuls of ice

Method

Chuck everything into the TMX blender, and blend for 30 seconds/speed 9. Check the mix, and add milk/blend longer until desired consistency is achieved.

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The taste was lovely and I downed my whole smoothie (not to mention a little pat on the back for such a healthy brekkie. Sure beats French toast and bacon!) but this is what I think I can improve on:

– Didn’t blend long enough, there will still a few chunks of ice in there

– Could do with more oats, maybe 3/4 MC’s worth (but I do like a bit of texture in my smoothie so this is up to you)

– I’m going to freeze my banana chunks next time, that with the frozen berries should mean I don’t actually need any ice in the mix.

– I might go half yoghurt and half milk to up the creaminess factor.

Actually looking really forward to my next attempt! Hopefully by the time December rolls around I’ll have graduated to veggie smoothies!

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