Amazing Summer Smoothie

Hey guys!

Sorry this post is a bit late, I’m going to aim to get posts up around 5pm usually, so check back tomorrow night for another post.  Anyway, tonight I bring you an amazing recipe for the most delicious smoothie perfect for the summer months.  Enjoy!

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What you’re going to need:

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  1. 200-250ml of apple juice depending on the consistency you’d like.  The more juice you use, the thinner the smoothie will end up being.
  2. One medium sized banana
  3. A good few handfuls of frozen berries (summer fruit selection)
  4. 2-3 tablespoons of natural yogurt, again, the more yogurt you use, the thicker your smoothie will be.  Feel free to add in more yogurt than this if you prefer thicker smoothies, however I find this amount to be just right for the perfect consistency.
  5. Honey, you can use honey that you squeeze from a bottle or set honey, I prefer set honey because it is easier for the blender to blend.

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Making your smoothie:

First off you want to pour your apple juice into your blender.  I’m using the Breville Blend Active which you can purchase here.  It’s a really affordable blender compared to others such as the NutriBullet and does the job perfectly.  It also comes with two 600ml bottles to carry your drinks around in, and you also blend them inside these bottles.

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After that add in your 2-3 tablespoons of natural yogurt.  As I mentioned previously, adjust this accordingly as to how thick you want your smoothie to be.  That’s what I really love about this smoothie, it’s really easy to alter to your tastes.

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Your smoothie is going to look really gross at the moment, as you can see in the picture above!  Try to stop yourself thinking about how gross it looks and remember it tastes amazing in the end when it’s all blended up and yummy!  You’re going to want to take your banana now and chop it into small slices – if you’re in a rush you can always just break it into chunks and throw it into the blender, the slices part isn’t necessary.

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Once all your banana is sliced (or broken) up, throw it into the blender to add to the ugly looking mixture in there.

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Next, you’re going to want to grab some handfuls of berries.  I buy mixed summer fruits that are frozen.  What I like is that with these packs, you can get all the different types of berries (strawberries, raspberry, blueberries, black currants…the list goes on!) and they’re frozen, which makes the smoothie nice and cold, perfect for summer.  Don’t worry though – if you can’t get frozen fruit, just use regular fruit and add in a few ice cubes, this should keep it nice and cold!

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Once your berries are in (I filled mine a little sparsely, don’t be worried to fill yours really full!), it’s time to add in the honey.  Now, honey is optional but I strongly recommend it.  It’s not going to detract from the health benefits of this smoothie too much, but the smoothie really tastes sour and tart if you don’t use honey.  The natural yogurt and berries are a little sour together and adding honey just makes it that bit tastier for you!  Of course, if you like a sour taste feel free to not go with honey, or substitute it for another sweetner.

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Excuse the stray berry and corner of teatowel in the above photo!  Add as much or as little honey as you like – as you can see, I add quite a bit because I really don’t like sour/tart tastes!  Once your honey is in, screw on the blender blades lid and shake your smoothie.  It’s really important to shake the smoothie so you get all the mixture dispersed throughout, making it easier to blend.

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Once you’ve shaken up your smoothie, you should be left with something a little more visually pleasing!  Put this on the blender and blend it for about one minute, which obviously depends on the speed and strength of your blender, so adjust accordingly.

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Take your smoothie off the blender, give it one last shake to make sure there’s no berries left unblended, then take off the black lid, exchange it for a green one (if you’re using the blender I’m using, If not then just store it in the fridge or pour into a glass and enjoy right away!) which will make it easier for pouring, then pop it into a glass!

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You could keep it in the bottle, which is especially convenient if you’re bringing this out somewhere (the gym, to school for your lunch), but I like to pour mine into a glass and garnish it with some berries, or a single strawberry!

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I hope you really enjoyed this post, and if you do make this smoothie don’t forget to tweet me a picture @ZalfieFanatic.  I’d love to hear from you!

Soph xx

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