5 Smoothies to Shake Up Your Diet

Get delicious and nutritious goodness from smoothies!
Get delicious and nutritious goodness from smoothies!

Fruits, glorious fruits! Fruits do more than keep the doctor away – they’re rich in vitamins and minerals that will keep your body healthy while giving you radiant skin, hair and nails. But if you’re not the biggest fan of eating fruits, yet you don’t want to miss out on their natural goodness – turn them into smoothies!

Smoothies are a fun, easy and yummy way to enjoy nature’s bounty! One glass isn’t just a delicious thirst-quencher, but the blend of different fruits, vegetables, milk and superfoods will give your mind and body an ultra-nutritious boost. Some concoctions with the right balance of nutrients can even replace meals and help in weight loss. And the fun part is, you get to play around with different recipes using the same ingredients! Hint: You’ll be seeing one particular green, iron-rich vegetable a lot in our 5 recipes…

But, before you start, make sure that you’ve stocked up on your smoothie essentials.

First up, find the perfect blender.

Aside from being BPA free, the Oster MyBlend Personal Blender is able to hold anything between ice and boiling water!

The nifty Oster MyBlend Personal Blender is an affordable model that’s perfect for on-the-go smoothies. The blending jar doubles as a water bottle, so when you’re done blending, all you have to do is to unscrew the blade from the jar, put the bottle cap on, and you’re good to go! The Oster MyBlend Personal Blender is available at Gain City.

If you’re looking for a multi-functional blender, the Philips Blender (650W) is just right for you. It has two speeds and includes accessories that give the blender over 15 impressive functions. On top of blitzing smoothies, the various changeable tools and blades allow it to whip cream, beat eggs and chop up ingredients. Get the Philips Blender (650W) from Gain City.

The Tefal Glass Blender (BL8011) is also another great multi-purpose option. It boasts multiple speed settings and can even make soups! Get it at Best Denki, Harvey Norman and Courts.

A smoothie is best served chilled, so if you’re an active person who’s always on the go, simply pack your freshly made smoothie to work, the gym or maybe on a picnic in cute bottles from Typo or insulated tumblers from Starbucks!

Next, shop ’til you drop!

The next step is our favourite – who doesn’t love a supermarket spree, especially when it comes to picking out aromatic fresh fruits! Get fruits, vegetables and other premium quality ingredients from Cold Storage, NTUC FairPrice or Fairprice Finest.

Now, get your smoothie on!

Try any of our 5 recipes below and you’ll never look at fruits the same way again!

Have fun mixing and matching your ingredients for different smoothie recipes!
Have fun mixing and matching your ingredients for different smoothie recipes!

1. Iron Wo/Man’s Secret Weapon

If you’re feeling constantly tired and drained, your body could be low on iron. So, get Popeye’s super strength from this delicious iron-rich blend! Iron strengthens your immune system, fights off infections, sharpens your concentration and regulates your body’s temperature. Combined with the potassium in bananas that helps to enhance muscle strength, this cup will make you indestructible! The natural sweetness of the banana and honey will make this an easy cup to down and the greens provide a refreshing tinge.

Show off your super strength after downing this iron-rich concoction!
Show off your super strength after downing this iron-rich concoction!
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 cup of unsweetened milk (dairy, nut or soy)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
Milk gives your smoothie a deliciously creamy texture.
Milk gives your smoothie a deliciously creamy texture.
Steps
  1. Cut banana up into chunks and freeze.
  2. Wash greens by soaking them in a basin with a few drops of apple cider vinegar. This helps to kill bacteria and keeps them fresh longer.
  3. Get the frozen banana chunks, pour ingredients into blender and blend away*.

* Timings differ according to blender. Refer to instruction manual for optimal blending duration.

2. The ABCs to Great Health

The “ABCs” of this classic blend represent apples, beetroots and carrots. This drink is full of essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium, antioxidants and fibre, which will help to promote good vision, keep your skin clear and aid in maintaining a strong heart and liver. Because these ingredients are so easy to find and taste fantastic together, this can be your smoothie staple! The beetroot gives the drink a fresh, inviting red colour and provides a rich consistency, while the apple and carrot provide a comforting sweetness, and the ginger adds a hint of spice to the blend. Best of all, making it is as easy as ABC!

Just looking at this makes us feel revitalised already!
Just looking at this makes us feel revitalised already!
Ingredients
  • ½ red apple
  • ½ beet
  • 1 carrot
  • ¼ ginger
  • 1 cup of water
Beta-carotene, which gives carrots that bright orange hue, will be converted to Vitamin A which results in plenty of health benefits.
Beta-carotene, which gives carrots that bright orange hue, will be converted to Vitamin A which results in plenty of health benefits.
Steps
  1. Soak ingredients in a basin of water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar.
  2. According to preference, remove the apple skin or leave it intact. Cut apple into chunks.
  3. Peel and cut the beetroot and carrot.
  4. Grate the ginger.
  5. Pour ingredients in with water and blend.

3. Immunity Hero

If you’re starting to feel under the weather, this concoction will come to your rescue! Spinach is a powerful flu-fighting vegetable as its full of Vitamin C, protein and antioxidants, while cinnamon is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial – basically, attacking anything harmful that’s in your body! The raw cashews lend a savoury touch to the drink and are full of protein that’ll fill you up and give you an energy boost. For this recipe, we recommend that you add a few ice cubes to dilute the thickness of the cashew pulp.

Slurp! Greens never tasted this good!
Slurp! Greens never tasted this good!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 pears
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon powder
  • ¼ raw cashews
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of ice
Steps
  1. Soak spinach and pears in a basin of water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Peel and cut pears.
  3. Pour ingredients in with water and blend. Mix cinnamon powder in or sprinkle on top.

4. The Detox Dreamboat

Here’s one detox regime that’s so tasty, you might become addicted to it. This mixture of berries, spinach (sounds familiar?) and an apple, will pamper your palette with a burst of fresh sweetness while helping you to look and feel good.

The antioxidant richness from the spinach and berries in this smoothie promotes weight loss, helps you to achieve a youthful complexion, and sharpens your mental concentration, and a dose of good ol’ Vitamin C from the apple will strengthen your immunity.

A guilt-free sweet treat!
A guilt-free sweet treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mixed berries including raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries
  • 1 large apple
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup of water (or unsweetened almond milk)
Berries satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your metabolism.
Berries satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your metabolism.
Steps
  1. Soak ingredients in a basin of water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar.
  2. According to preference, remove the apple skin or leave it intact. Cut apple into chunks.
  3. Pour ingredients in with water or milk and blend.

5. Breakfast Blast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day right with this hearty blend that’s power-packed with energizing goodness! It may sound too good to be true, but honey, which makes your drink so flavourful, is also a natural source of carbohydrates that’ll give you energy. So, go on and add a dollop of this sweet treat into your smoothie! Freeze the banana and strawberries overnight and you’re good to go for the morning!

Get creative and garnish your smoothie with pretzels – it’ll be a big hit with the kids!
Get creative and garnish your smoothie with pretzels – it’ll be a big hit with the kids!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • ½ cup of unsweetened milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
The oatmeal and honey will thicken the drink, making this a sumptuous breakfast option.
The oatmeal and honey will thicken the drink, making this a sumptuous breakfast option.
Steps
  1. Cut banana up into chunks and freeze.
  2. Soak strawberries in a basin of water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar. Freeze strawberries.
  3. Pour frozen fruits in with milk, honey and vanilla extract, and blend.

So, there you have it… 5 easy-to-make and great tasting smoothies to fill you up. Eating fruits will never be boring again!

Cheers to great health!
Cheers to great health!
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