I got into a bit of a bad habit of only making green smoothies. I love them so much. They are always so delicious and such a beautiful colour, but I sensed my boys were perhaps getting a bit fed up with all the green. So it was time for a change.
Winter naturally leans towards green smoothies as there's not much in the way of berries at this time of year and the thought of parsnip or turnip in a smoothie is too much for me to contemplate. I'm sorry but NO!!! I have my limits.
Now apples, pears and kale are still around so I'm tempted to whizz them up every day and I mean every day.
I had a talk to myself and made this very berry smoothie. I dipped into my freezer for some mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries). I still wanted it to be seasonal, so I added some clementines and cinnamon.
I made my smoothie in my Optimum 9400 (it's happy to blend big clumps of frozen fruit or ice cubes) and with Cooper in mind I topped them with some popping candy and served them in glasses with pretty pink paper straws.
I have a huge collection of these straws in different colours, they are so much nicer to drink out of than a plastic straw.
Are you still juicing with me?
Winter Berry Smoothie
A glorious pink smoothie with a blast of berries, clementines and some cinnamon. Slurp!
- 200g frozen mixed berries (if you don't have a power blender like mine, defrost the berries as you could burn out your blender's motor, believe me, I've been there.)
- 1 large banana
- 3 clementines
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp acai powder
- 2 tsp baobab powder
- 600ml water (or milk/soy milk)
1. Peel the clementines. Try to get as much of the pith off as possible.2. Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. No need for ice cubes as the frozen berries will cool the drink.3. Serve and enjoy!
Yield: Makes 1 jug of smoothie
You can add milk or soy milk instead of water for a softer drink. More of a shake. Cooper preferred it this way as it was quite a strong flavoured smoothie. I liked the kick of berries just as they are with the hint of spice and sweetened with a little maple syrup. Yum it was good!
Disclosure: I was given my Optimum 9400 blender over a year ago. It's still my favourite toy. My opinions are my own as ever.