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Scraps to Smoothies – Our Top 8 Smoothie Recipes to get you through lockdown

Scraps to Smoothies – Our Top 8 Smoothie Recipes to get you through lockdown

If your like us and hoping to avoid the shops as much as possible during this WA lockdown then chances are you are searching the internet for ideas on how you can use your fridge and pantry scraps to whip up something even Jamie Oliver would commend. Never fear, we are here to help and have sourced our top 8 favourite smoothie recipes using food staples you most likely already have, each with their own health benefit. The best part? These are all kid-friendly so if you are wearing thin on the puzzles, arts n crafts and movie options for the young ones then get them involved with whipping up these delicious smoothies so together we can beat the heat and this lockdown.

  1. Pina Colada’s for the AM

If you’re subconsciously singing along to Rupert Holmes tune “Escape” then we have done something right, yes, we all love pina coladas and getting caught in the rain except this time we are caught at home. We have sourced the most delicious Pina Colada Smoothie recipe (alcohol free) perfect for the morning to give you that hint of tropical paradise and a bunch of healthy benefits. With four simple ingredients needed just dust off that blender and whip together the below.

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (from the can)
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

 

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Health Benefit: Pineapple has so many favourable health benefits including its richness in Vitamin C, contains disease fighting antioxidants and it naturally boosts immunity and inflammation.

 

  1. Creamy Carrot Cake Smoothie

It’s like drinking cake without the calories, that’s right we have sourced the tastiest, creamiest carrot cake smoothie recipe and its list of health benefits goes on for days. This delicious recipe is perfect for that morning kick or post-workout hit, packed with 7 healthy ingredients and spices that you will already have in the pantry, we can guarantee you will love this take on a traditional dessert and the kids will love it. Check out the recipe here.

Healthy,Carrot,Cake,Smoothie,With,Walnuts,And,Chia,Seeds,InHealth Benefit: With the main ingredient here being carrots, this weight-loss-friendly food have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

 

  1. Choco-nana Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana combination? We sure do and we know the kids will love it to. With only 5 simple ingredients needed, this Choc-nana smoothie tastes too good to be healthy.

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (nut, soy, animal)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

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Health Benefit: Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6 and have a range of healthy benefits that help with digestive health. Although peanut butter can sometimes be seen as a not so healthy option, we found that one of the main fats in peanut butter is oleic acid. When substituted for other fats in your diet, oleic acid is shown to help maintain good cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

 

  1. The Berrytastic

Refreshing, filling and tasty, this berrytastic smoothie is packed with flavour and is quick to make. Not only does this smoothie look bright and appealing, there are so many health benefits linked to berries that even the fussiest of eaters are due to live this one. Kid tested and approved, this berrytastic smoothie has only 5 simple ingredients so get whizzing.  Check out the recipe here: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/mixed-berry-smoothie/

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Health Benefit: Berries are high in nutrients and low in calories so it’s the perfect choice for those watching their waistline.

 

  1. Mochachino (or milo for the kids)

This one is for the coffee lovers and if your working from home then this one should be top of the list. This Mochachino smoothie will give you the sweet taste of chocolate and coffee all in one, providing that perfect morning buzz and fill your belly until lunch thanks to the banana and Greek yogurt ingredients. If your blitzing up one of these for your kids just substitute coffee for a couple of tablespoons of milo and milk to make this a child-friendly recipe.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strong-brewed coffee (or milo for those little ones)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste

 

Health Benefit: Your daily cup of coffee not only helps you feel more energised, burn fat and improve physical performance, it may also lower your risk of several conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

 

  1. Avocados aren’t just for toast

Don’t be put off by the colour of a green smoothie, it may look unappealing, but your tastebuds will certainly thank you. Nothing beats this awesome three-ingredient avocado smoothie, This sweet and  perfect for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack. It only contains three ingredients and tastes even better than ice cream (just ask the kids!).

Health Benefit: Avocados are extremely nutritious, it’s not a common know fact but avocados contain more potassium than bananas,

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  1. Beet-It

This one is for the open-minded, this pink, bright smoothie not only contains beetroot but a hidden ingredient we bet you wouldn’t pick if you tasted it before seeing the recipe. Yep, steamed cauliflower…but don’t judge it until you try it because it is delicious, and your organs will be thanking you later as the health benefits are off the Richter scale. This Beet-it smoothie recipe also includes cherries for an added touch of sweetness, we didn’t have protein powder so left this out, but we highly recommend giving this one a go. Check out the recipe here.

Health Benefit: Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fibre, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C plus combined with cauliflower which aids weightless.

 

  1. Virgin Mary (or make it a bloody good one!)

It looks like a bloody Mary, tastes like a bloody Mary but this Virgin Mary smoothie is everything you need in your life to kick start your day plus it’s healthy and low-calorie so it’s a double win. With healthy ingredients including cherry tomatoes, carrots and celery, this veggie packed recipe will have you coming back for more plus it’s perfect for the kids if your trying to get there 5 veg in for the day. If your feeling a little ambitious then of course make it a bloody good one by adding a shot of vodka but warning, this is obviously for the adults only! Check out Better Homes and Gardens Virgin Mary Smoothie with a twist recipe here.

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Health Benefit: The non-booze ingredients of a Bloody Mary deliver up electrolytes, water, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6 which is perfect if your feeling a little under the weather.

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