Let me start by mentioning three blog posts that have inspired me to try and make my first ever smoothie.
As soon as I read Alex’s post about her Iron Boosting Smoothie, I knew I wanted to attempt making it. What appealed to me most in Alex’s post was the fact she explained in detail why each and every ingredient she chose was good for you. I will not paraphrase what she has written so well; check her fab recipe and informative post!
Then Sarah’s Simple Summer Smoothie caught my eye a few days later. It looked refreshing and I could taste its goodness just by reading Sarah’s post! Do not take my word for it, check it!
Finally, I read about Jenny’s Spinach & Kale Breakfast Smoothie. This was a nice-looking smoothie; the kind of drink I would get in town. It is dark pink and for some reason, I have always been quite partial to pink or red food. I love all fruits in that colour and whenever I open a pack of sweets, they are always the colours I go for. Same for yoghurts (shoes and clothes as well actually!).
I have not been researching smoothies or had a sudden obsession for them. I just happen to follow and read regularly these three fab blogs. As I have been craving smoothies for the whole length of my pregnancy, I thought it was time to have a go at making one myself and I pinned these three to use as a starting point. Please check their blog posts as Alex, Sarah and Jenny really know what they are talking about. I am just making it up as I go along!
My plan was to make Alex’s smoothie, adding some cranberry juice like Sarah had to help relieve Beanie’s urine infection as well as lots of strawberries like Jenny’s recipe to make it pink.
When hubby went shopping on Sunday, I did not check the recipes and gave him a few of the ingredients from memory. I definitely remembered that the common factor in all three recipes was kale. I had no idea whatsoever what it was but for some reason I thought it might be a leafy vegetable. I was wondering why all three girls had used it, but if they had, so would I! Hubby came back with the kale but forgot the strawberries. Luckily I was not scared to go completely off-piste and we had a few ingredients I thought I could include in the house.
Whenever I get a smoothie, it has banana in it so it was a given that the fruit would be included in my recipe. I also wanted the smoothie to taste really sweet and I thought a few dried fruits would help. I soaked them in the cranberry juice to soften them a little.
I have to admit I was a bit worried about the kale, its salad-like aspect and awful smell (I might be exaggerating). It was not something I fancied putting in a fruity smoothie, but I trusted the girls and went for it! I felt like a pioneer, taking improvisation to the next level, whatever that may be!
Armed with my trusty 2L Pyrex bowl and my old soup blender, I was excited about this whole new me; Mel turned healthy smoothie-maker. In the end, the soup blender was not the ideal tool for making smoothie, but it worked well enough.
Do not be repelled by its lumpy, greenish appearance. This smoothie was actually lovely, as sweet as I wanted it to be and it did not even have a hint of salad! Despite its lumpy texture, we drank it through straws and it tasted great. I am sure that had it been mixed in a real smoothie machine (what is that even called?), it would have been as smooth as shop-bought ones.
This was my first ever attempt at making smoothie, please do not be too harsh with me!
Here is what my family thought:
- Hubby suggested that rather than posting this recipe, I should attempt making yellow or red smoothies, ha ha! Fear not, I probably will at some point!
- Crevette (5 years 9 months): “It looks yucky, but it tastes yummy!”
- Beanie (3 years 7 months) would not touch it; simply because of its aspect (I cannot blame her, really!).
- Jumpy (1 year 6 months) just kept asking for more. It was like she was in a trance. She was so enthusiastic about it that I reserved a bit for her and froze it in her ice lolly moulds.
- I loved it and had just over half a pint and felt full for a good four hours, which is quite rare for me at the moment. I am 35 weeks pregnant and I eat absolutely everything I crave whenever I fancy it. I can eat a lot (and I do!). That stopped me for a few hours and in the process reduced the awful heartburn that has been bothering me constantly for the past few weeks.
- - 6 dried apricots
- - 3 slices dried mango
- - 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- - 1 ½ cups cranberry juice
- - 1 large handful of curly kale stalks removed and sliced
- - 2 oranges quartered and peeled
- - 1 pear cored and diced
- - 2 ripe bananas peeled and sliced
Start by chopping the dried fruit finely and soaking it in the cranberry juice for about half an hour.
In the meantime, peel and chop the rest of the fruit.
Blend all ingredients together.
Serve straight away and enjoy!