I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.
Today’s smoothie was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.
I used a large chunk of Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little ice.
Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.
If you missed my previous smoothie recipes then I have put them all in this one post just for you alongside a little chatter and trivia about some of the fruits.
Banana and Pineapple smoothie.
I have never made so many smoothies ever as I have done recently but so much fruit…
This mornings smoothie was Banana, Pineapple, Tomato and Raspberries with a touch of fresh Lime juice.
Yes, tomato...I have had tomato in a smoothie from a fruit stall but never used it at home but again I have lots of tomatoes.
So we get lots of nutritional goodies all in the one glass and it’s yummy. Not like one of those yucky coloured juices which claim to be good and you have to literally hold the nose and down it in one and at the same time hope it doesn’t come straight back up…What is the point of that??? We like nice tasting drinks don’t we girls and boys???
Put 2 small bananas, 2 rings of pineapple chopped, half a tomato skinned and I added a handful of frozen raspberries and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. All together in a blender ….blitz and pour into a chilled glass.
Now for some facts about the very versatile pineapple…Well, first things first…who doesn’t like Pina Colada???? Best served cold on the beach…Delicious!
Thailand is the biggest producer of pineapple and in the wild pineapples can live and fruit for up to 50 years.
The pineapple is not an Apple or a pine but a berry…
Eaten fresh, juiced, cooked …it is lovely in a curry or fried rice or preserved. It is also great for tenderising meat.
Strawberry and Raspberry smoothie.
Phew, it is now topping 104F here and rising by the day…Lots of strawberries and bananas…The thing is the bananas we pick by the hand and it is big so I have to think of all ways to use them apart from just freezing them. Strawberries well you can only eat so many and we can’t give them away…
So it’s smoothie time again, strawberries, a banana, a few frozen raspberries and 3 cheeks of lime juice and about half small glass of coconut milk. I like my drinks a bit tart and I don’t do sweet drinks so you may want to cut the lime a little and add some honey to sweeten but the beauty of the smoothies is anything goes you can make to order.
If I want it colder and more frozen then I use frozen bananas.
Now for a little bit more about the Strawberry which is cultivated worldwide, most people love a strawberry…Don’t they????
The garden strawberry was first bred in the 1750s in Brittany, France and believe or not they are not technically berries but accessory fruits!
A member of the rose family they are the only fruit to wear their seeds on the outside. Although the seeds can be propagated they are more commonly reproduced by the runners which are then pegged into the soil.
A piece of trivia: There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to the Strawberry.
Papaya, Banana and Lime smoothie.
This one has just 4 ingredients.
- Half a papaya…. seeds removed.
- 1 banana
- 4fl oz of coconut milk
- 1-1 1/2 limes. I like to taste the lime so I would add one and a half hubby prefers just 1 lime.
But like with anything….and you know what I am going to say…Don’t you??? TASTE.
Blitz the papaya and banana with the coconut milk then add your lime juice, Taste and add more if required.
Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!
If you want a more frozen smoothie then just freeze the papaya and banana. I always keep bags of frozen fruit for smoothies…I just didn’t want brain freeze today…haha.
Mango and Tamarind smoothie.
For 2 servings.
- 8 oz of ripe mango (frozen). You could use frozen mango pulp as I do when mango is out of season.
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp Tamarind paste
- 7oz coconut milk …chilled.
Put all the ingredients into your blender and whizz until it is nice and smooth. Spoon into 2 glasses and enjoy!
If it is too sour for you then add more honey or sweetener of your choice but I love the sourness of the Tamarind.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do…. until next time thank you for reading this post and please leave a comment if you try a smoothie and if you wish to share this post then please do.