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.
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
1 tray of ice cubes
1/4 cup of filtered water
Re-useable steel or glass straws available online at the raw food store
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!
This smoothie is my family’s favourite… so much so, that our toddler’s eyes light up when he hears the words ‘smoothie time’.
What you’ll need: makes 4-6 serves
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.