Smoothies are all-round winners; not only do they taste great, but they can be packed full of healthy nutrients. Kids and adults love them, and they can be as complicated or simple as you like. There’s are plenty of ready-to-drink versions on the market, but there’s nothing quite like filling the jug of your Philips Compact Blender with your favourite fruit or knowing that your luxury Nutri Ninja is just waiting at home to turn your supermarket or greengrocer purchases into a delicious summer drink. Even the more exotic-sounding varieties are surprisingly easy to concoct, as our top five list of summer smoothies recipes goes to show.
- Jamie Oliver’s Frozen Fruit Smoothies are really tasty and surprisingly filling as well. To serve two – or to really indulge – you’ll need a ripe banana, a glass of frozen fruit (just be wary of berries with lots of seeds), two heaped tablespoons of natural yoghurt, a small handful of oats, a small handful of mixed nuts, a glass of skimmed milk, soya milk or apple juice and honey to taste. Whiz up the chopped banana, along with the yoghurt and frozen fruit. Add the nuts and oats, before blending in the milk or juice. If it’s too thick, add a little more juice or milk and blitz again. Give it a try and add honey if it needs it.
- A Watermelon Frosty is a great drink for all the family to enjoy, but make the ‘margarita’ version and it’s a party sensation. Start with around 10 ounces of frozen watermelon cubes, half a cup of water, two tablespoons of maple syrup, the juice of one large lemon or two large limes and a ripe banana. For the party version you’ll also need a couple of shots of tequila. You can also add a couple of sprinkles of cayenne powder if you like it spicy. Blend all of the ingredients and add more water if needed to get the consistency you like. Try to keep it as thick as possible, though, if you want to keep it really frosty.
- Easy Strawberry Mango Smoothie – Strawberries are a British summer staple, whilst mango makes you think of aquamarine seas lapping the shores of the Caribbean. Combine the two and what have you got? One great smoothie. To serve two, grab eight ounces each of sliced strawberries and chopped mango, six ounces of plain Greek yoghurt and around eight ice cubes. Add everything but the ice to your blender and blend on a high setting for half a minute. Then add the ice cubes and blend until it is smooth. Add water, milk or fruit juice if you like a thinner consistency.
- For something different, how about a Meloncumber Green Smoothie, which is packed with nutrients and is surprisingly refreshing? Blend around eight ounces of your favourite melon variety with half a relatively small cucumber, 250ml of apple juice and a handful of cubed ice. Make sure you remove any seeds from the melon before you blend. 5. A pineapple, lime and ginger smoothie (http://smoothiecast.co.uk/smoothie-recipes/pineapple-lime-ginger-smoothie/) is a healthier alternative to a pina colada, and the ginger gives it an added kick (and health boost). Use around 16 ounces of pineapple, a tablespoon of lime juice, four ice cubes, a quarter of a teaspoon of ground ginger and a teaspoon of runny honey. Start blending the pineapple and then, one by one, add the lime juice, honey, the ice and the ground ginger. Add a splash of water or more ice if you want a thinner consistency.