Spinach + Banana Popeye Smoothie

spinach and banana popeye smoothie

What you’ll need: serves 2-4
3 organic bananas
2-3 big handfuls of organic baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (I’m loving Planet Organic stoneground peanut butter)
1 scoop of Sunwarrior classic raw vegan protein powder
250mls of almond milk (with no added nasties – always read the label)
250mls of coconut water (check that the brand you buy is coconut water and nothing else)
1 tray of ice cubes

How to make:
Add all the ingredients to your Thermomix bowl or blender
Blend for 1 minute going from speed 1 to 10
Serve with a reusable steel straw

Yum x

Fruit Shack Smoothie

We took a drive from the south of the island of Kauai to Hanalei Bay in north, where the movie the Decedents starring George Clooney was filmed. Along the way we happened across a mobile smoothie wagon. It was a sight to behold, a literal oasis with every tropical fruit you could wish for. As we drank up our fruit smoothies, I couldn’t wait to try out some of the wagon owner’s combinations for myself.

This one is our three-year-old son’s favourite. Since our return, he’s asked for the ‘fruit shack smoothie’ everyday! I’ve made it for breakfast on-the-go and even as a dessert. Guests and the kids get a real kick out of the retro bottles, jars and re-usable straws.

If you’re already a fan of my ultimate breakfast smoothie you’re going to love this one. Easy to make and packed with so much goodness, you can just feel your body hydrating with every gulp.

Smoothie in cool jar

What you’ll need: (serves 4-6)
2 bananas broken into pieces
1/2 a Papaya peeled, deseeded and diced
1 Mango peeled and diced, or just cut it in half and scoop out the flesh, then eat the pip… it’s a a little quicker
6 Strawberries
1 tray of ice cubes
1/4 cup of filtered water
Re-useable steel or glass straws available online at the raw food store
Fruit smoothie ingredients

How to prepare:
Add fruit to a powerful blender and blitz
Add ice cubes and blitz until smooth
Add water and blitz until mixed
If you have a Thermomix, I start at one and move to speed 10 for 10-15 seconds
Serve in a unusual glass or old-school jar with re-usable straws
Devour and go for more!

Ethan Hawaii Smoothie

Goji berry and red date tea

This thirst quenching, home-made goji berry and red date tea is known to be ‘good for the blood‘. A long-standing family recipe of ours, this tea is used by the Chinese for all manner of aliments like, low blood pressure, during menstruation, while breastfeeding and for general fatigue.

It’s no wonder… goji berries contain 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals, 18 amino acids, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin C. While red dates are thought to alleviate stress and possess both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

For me, I just love the way the tea’s aroma fills our home and how good I feel once I’ve enjoyed a few cups.

Goji and date tea

Goji berries and red dates

What you’ll need:

15 Chinese red (pitted) dates, also known as ‘no pip dried red dates’
A handful of organic goji berries, also known as ‘dried red wolfberry’
6 cups of water
A medium saucepan, small colander

How to prepare:

Measure out cups of water and pour into saucepan
Rinse the goji berries well, under running water
Add them and the dates to the water
Bring water to the boil then turn down to a low simmer for 25 minutes
Turn off and allow to draw for a further 5 minutes, then serve

You can drink this tea hot, or allow it to cool and enjoy it over lots of ice.  You can eat the berries and dates with the tea, or if you prefer, strain the berries and dates from the brew and add them to your morning oats with a generous lashing of soy yoghurt.

Just make sure you enjoy the berries within 24 hours of making the tea.

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The ultimate breakfast smoothie

This smoothie is my family’s favourite… so much so, that our toddler’s eyes light up when he hears the words ‘smoothie time’.

Smoothies

What you’ll need: makes 4-6 serves

2 bananas
1 pear
1/2 an avocado (I often use a whole one, but half will do the trick)
Protein powder (optional: I use Sun Warrior’s raw vegan 80% protein – available at all good health food stores)
50g rolled oats
1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds
500mls Rice milk (I use Australia’s Own with added calcium)
500mls Soy milk
1 tray of ice-cubes
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg
A blender or your Thermomix

How to make:

In a blender, peel then break up the bananas
Quarter the pear (no need to deseed)
Scoop out the advocado
Add the oats, chia seeds and two tablespoons of protein powder (if using)
Finally add rice milk and soy milk along with 5-8 ice cubes
Blend until smooth.  If you have a Thermomix blend for 25 seconds on speed 9

Pour into glasses and sprinkle with either ground cinnamon or nutmeg

If you are rushed for time in the morning these can be made the night before. I just pop a reusable take-away lid on top of the glass before putting them in the fridge.

Did you know… calcium fortified rice milk, mixed with a quality soy milk will give you a complete dairy substitute?  The soy milk provides you with fat and protein and the fortified rice milk your calcium.

The secret to my recipe is the avocado, which gives the smoothie its irresistible creamy consistency.  Not to mention, avocado is thought the world’s healthiest fruit containing nutrients like potassium, folic acid, vitamin C, B6 and copper.