There is nothing more pleasant than a smoothie and its pleasures are fairly instant. If you love drinking smoothies in a café (as I did in La Ruca, see pic) it’s worth investing in a blender or smoothie maker. You need electricity to make a smoothie smooth. (If anyone knows differently, tell me.)
For those planning to live on smoothies (we all have times in our life like that) then vary the ingredients as much as possible.
The delight we derive from variety is nature’s way of making sure we get diverse nutrients.
Smoothies are personal. Everyone has different tastes. This website has loads of smoothie recipes to choose from. Luckily, so I can be lazy and tell you my favourite.
You need to stock up on a few things. I find cow’s milk makes me snuffle so I use soya milk (organic because I don’t want them GM beans) and also (if this is a week’s siege) I would splash out on a carton or two of rice or nut milk. You can make your own.
Banana forms the basis because it is a mood stabiliser (all that potassium, you know), as well as easy-to-eat and sweet. Add a grape or two, or a mango sliver. What fruits do you like?
Start by whisking/blending the banana. A teaspoon of nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew) for added protein? Some raw porridge oats? This is the time to whiz ’em in a mash with a tablespoon of milk or apple juice.
Pour the milk in slowly (a mugful for one). Look, if it gets gloopy, add liquid to gently thin it out.
You can blend in raw grated or ground ginger (great for my digestion) if you like. What I also adore is cinnamon.
Cooking is a bit of an experiment (no dish is the same each time) – that’s what keeps it interesting.