Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Smoothies aren't something I've ever been that interested in.  They are seen as healthy but contain far more calories and often sugar than you expect.  I remember I was put off them when buying one in a shopping centre and seeing them put in banana and ice cream!  That's not a smoothie, that's a milkshake!

But I am trying to keep healthy in the new year and trying to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables I eat and by making a smoothie yourself, you know exactly what's in it.  I'm also not having this as a drink but a breakfast which is a very different thing.  In winter, frozen berries can fill the gap when fresh fruit is less available, they're often much cheaper and by freezing, much of the nutritional content has been preserved unlike berries which have been flown half way around the world before reaching you.

So I have decided to try smoothies again and my first attempt is one including fresh and frozen fruit and, unusually is both banana and dairy free.  I've added a bit of seasonal spice to make more wintery and what's even better is I can take this with me, put in my cup holder and drink while I drive to work.  A great way to make time for a morning workout.

Slight warning; this does contain seeds from the blackberries.  You could sieve them out but I say "live with it".  It's more roughage!



Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie - Serves 1

Ingredients

50g, 2oz frozen cherries (it's great to use frozen ones as these are normally pitted for you and cheaper than fresh!)
100ml, 3.5 floz, just under half cup grape juice
50g, 2oz blackberries (fresh or frozen)
50g, 2oz clementine, tangerine or satsuma segments (approx 1 small fruit)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Put all of the ingredients into a jug blender.

Blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass or bottle and serve.



The result?  A delicious smoothie, with no added sugar, dairy free, full of antioxidants and healthy stuff and at least two of my five a day.



The cinnamon and vanilla add layers of flavour without calories.  I'm definitely being won back over to smoothies!

I've linked up to Urban Naturale's healthy link up here.


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16 comments:

  1. That looks very yummy! I should eat more fruit really. I did buy a juicer but I'm yet to use it properly :( Thank you for linking up to #ThriftyThursday :)

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    1. I've been mulling over a juicer but I don't have the space in the kitchen and this is just using a blender.

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  2. I love your comment " its more roughage" - looks yummy:) #thriftythursday

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    1. Go with it! I've got another idea for my next smoothie :-)

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  3. Great idea to use frozen cherries. I'm going to order some now. #recipeoftheweek

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    1. It is a great way to have fruit in your diet in winter. They're also great in clafoutis

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  4. Sounds yummy! I'm in need of all the smoothie ideas I can get at the moment! On a health kick! #recipeoftheweek

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    1. Keep an eye out, there's a carrot one(!) on the way!!!

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  5. Sounds so good! I love smoothies but had stopped having them on account of the high sugar content (my favourite was banana & strawberry, whoops). This one sounds really yummy though, and cheaper to boot! Well done #thriftythursday

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    1. Thank you. Keep an eye on because I've got another smoothie planned, sugar free as well.

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  6. Yum, this looks so delicious! Love that it is banana free - I love smoothies but find bananas are necessary haha, will have to try this one out :)

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    1. Thanks, let me know if you like it.

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  7. This looks lovely, berries are so delicious in smoothies and it makes breakfast so quick and easy too :) #recipeoftheweek

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    1. Yes, I really loved it too and the spice made it more seasonal.

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  8. Hi Heidi,
    What a wonderful antioxidant rich smoothie! Yum! Thank you so much for sharing your Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

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    1. No problem, and yes I'm sure all the lovely purple fruit will be fabulous for your body and soul!

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