28 January 2015

Blueberry, Carrot and Orange Smoothie - Jumpstart 2015

Breakfast Smoothie 

I have a couple of recipes to post and a New in my Kitchen post to publish, but I'm in the middle of tax hell, so I'm keeping it simple today.

I'm still doing Jumpstart 2015, although I had a break from it at the weekend and had a pint of cider at the pub with my dinner last night. I know I could lose more if I was stricter, but I've lost 7lbs so far, so I'm really happy with it. I think the trick is not to resent your diet, but just change your way of thinking. I plan on carrying on with it next month and after that perhaps just on work days. We shall see. In the meantime  I'm happy to be boosting how much fruit and veg I'm having  and losing weight. I really drink more water though I haven't been good at that. Must try harder.

How are you finding Jumpstart 2015?

Smoothie recipe
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My favourite smoothies are green smoothies. I just love them. Nothing can beat them for flavour, but I do like to through in the odd fruity smoothie too. This one was rich and super tasty. It got a big thumbs up from Cooper, although he did have some milk in his as it was quite rich.



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Blueberry, Carrot and Orange Smoothie

A fruity blueberry smoothie with carrot and orange.
Ingredients
  • 250g blueberries
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 tsp baobab powder
  • 1 cup /235ml orange juice
  • top up with water
Instructions
1. Peel the carrot and chop in half. If you don't have a powerful blender like my Optimum 9400, you may want to chop it smaller, as you don't want to burn out the motor.2. Peel the oranges and add to the blender, then add the powder and orange juice.3. I topped the jug up with water until it was ¾ full, but just add as much water as you like until you have the consistency you like.4. Whizz until smooth. You may add ice to the blender if you have a power blender, if not add it to your glass.5. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4-6



Optimum 9400 blender
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I've had since last June and I can honestly say I use it every day. I couldn't be without it now. Even my kitchen phobic husband has started whipping up smoothies in it.


Here's what I make in it:



Disclosure: I received my Optimum 9400 from Froothie free to review last June. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. I love it! M&S kindly sent me some of their Valentine goodies. Watch out for them appearing in food shots.

23 comments:

  1. Hello Jacqueline. This looks like an amazing smoothie that I would really like to try!

    I'd never heard of baobab powder before, so I looked it up, and I see it's in Holland and Barrett. Is that the right stuff? Or is it available in any main stream supermarkets?

    I'll be making my monthly pilgrimage to Holland and Barrett on Friday, so if that's the stuff I'll get it there for the weekend. Thank you. :-)

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  2. Yes, I am sure they have it. It's supposed to be super good for you so I add it to smoothies for an extra boost. It's high in Calcium, Potassium, Fibre and Vitamin C. It's pricey, but last for ages.

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    1. I just made this for Lynne and I Jacqueline and it was superb! Loved how the baobab powder gave it a little boost of sweetness. Definitely a smoothie recipe I'll be recommending to others. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

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  3. I was sent some baobab powder a year or so again and really liked it but had since forgotten all about it. Thanks for the prompt!

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    1. Oh well go look it out and start using it Emily!

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  4. Your smoothie looks delicious. I also agree that green smoothies are a lot better when it comes to taste.

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    1. Thanks Charlene, it was good and a nice we change from my greens.

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  5. Sounds like a great combination - never had baobab powder and oddly enough it sounds like similar in name to a software system we used at a former job that drove me crazy - but am sure it is much nicer :-) good luck with your tax

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    1. Haha, I am sure it is and thanks, still working on it :(

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  6. If anything will get you through tax hell, it's surely a vibrant glass of smoothie like that one!

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  7. I did have some baobab powder, must seek it out again. This is a beautiful colour smoothie, it can only be good for you and I must get onto green smoothies. I have an idea of one and have ordered the ingredients. Hope I like it!

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    1. Oh green smoothies are so good Laura. If you are using a lot of greens, a little lemon or lemon will remove the bitterness.

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  8. wow, that's a great smoothie, so colourful,
    I love it ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    best wishes,
    Alice

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  9. Well done for mostly sticking with it Jac. I love smoothies for being able to add all sorts of healthy goodies, although I still haven't tried baobab powder.

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  10. Smoothies always make me feel so virtuous!

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  11. This sounds delish, I am trying smoothies out for breakfasts as part of my current health drive :-)

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    1. Good luck with it Lucy, they do help health wise.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x