OK, so I am a little obsessed with smoothies lately. I was always lazy and made smoothies with my immersion blender. I liked them, but not overly. Then a friend made me a smoothie in her Vitamix and I realized that all along it was the texture I wasn’t so keen on. So I pulled out my big KitchenAid blender that I got for my wedding and gave it a whirl. It was waaaaaay better. So much smoother and lovely.
I was having an epic chat with my sister, who is a Registered Dietitan, about the best and healthiest ingredients to put in smoothies. Of course I’m all chia seeds and hemp seeds and she’s all bran and flax. I always want to put the latest, and most expensive, ingredient in my food but there are often better, and much cheaper alternatives on the market. For example, in order to pump up the fiber and keep you fuller longer she recommended sticking in a good old Weetabix.
Now, I don’t know if this is something that’s been around for a while but I’ve certainly never seen this trick. If you know there’s Weetabix in the smoothie you can slightly taste it but you certainly can’t feel the texture and anyways I like the flavour of it. And, it makes the smoothie much more substantial and filling.
Simple, cheap and efficient. Thanks Melissa!
And if you want to know my favourite smoothie combos? Banana, frozen raspberry, vanilla yoghurt and a touch of vanilla extract thinned out with a little water.
What do you like to put in your smoothies?
Do you buy into the latest and greatest health-food ingredients or are you more about the tried and true basics?