My daughter likes smoothies and often makes them. Most of the time she makes raspberry and mango smoothie. It’s sweet, thick and very cold because she uses ice cream and frozen fruits to make it. She uses the liquidiser to make. I like smoothies but to me it is still just second best to my carrot apple juice. But to my great delight, I have discovered a quicker and more delicious smoothie recently, one that is very delicious, low fat and healthy. My family likes it very much. Now I like smoothies just as much as carrot apple juice!
I thought I discovered a new planet when I bought a cheap hand stick blender recently…..haha. I didn’t know it can be used to make smoothies until I tried it out. It costs £4.15 from Sainsbury which is unbelievably cheap. Sometimes you don’t need expensive kitchen gadget to make good food. Sometimes you don’t even need special kitchen gadgets at all like making the egg noodles at home (check out How To Make Egg Noodles At Home). But in this case, to make smoothie, you do need a blender of some form.
Of course you can use a liquidiser or a smoothie maker but they are so many times more expensive. This hand stick blender is really very easy to use and wash. It comes in 2 parts only. You only need to remove the lower part to wash. Just that simple. It’s less work and little storage place compared to the other 2 types of blenders. So, there’s no excuse not to drink smoothies. Everyone can afford and everyone can make smoothies. And even if it ever gets spoiled, it won’t be heart pain. You can afford to buy another one.
Investment into our health is the biggest investment of all. It does take effort but it’s all very worth it in the long run. The greatest love that parents can give their children is providing them with the right, healthy food. Like freshly made juices, smoothies are very important and beneficial to our health. They retain the highest level of nutrients and life enzymes that our bodies can easily digest, absorb and use to build up a strong immune system. When you make your own, you are in control of the quality of the ingredients used. They are clean and you can use organic ones. Do not buy smoothies from the shelf or smoothie shop as the quality is aways compromised and they are very expensive too.
The basic ingredients for my low fat, healthy smoothie are goat milk, manuka honey, 0% Total Greek Yoghurt and banana. Then you can add other fruits to give it extra flavour and taste. I really like adding mangoes or peaches or both. I think these are the best to start off with.
This smoothie is so delicious that I have been drinking it twice everyday. It’s not too thick, not too cold, beautiful fragrance and on top of that, it’s low in fat and jam packed with vitamins and minerals. To me, it’s also a wonder drink before I go for my badminton…..not heavy and yet give me the energy for the game.
I would like to share the awesome health benefits of goat milk, manuka honey and yoghurt here. These are the 3 food that my family takes all the time.
Goat milk is way more superior than cow’s milk. Goat milk is the closest to mother’s milk in composition, nutrients, and natural chemical properties. It is also low in fat. It is highly nutritious and non-mucus forming unlike cow’s milk. Goat milk is easy to digest, even for babies. You may dislike the ‘goaty’ smell but this is an acquired taste. Try a little to start with and soon you will come to like it. My children started off by adding Nesquick. Many of my friends have come to like it, too. Initially they didn’t. Starting with smoothie is good because it hides the smell very well.
Manuka honey has many health benefits, both internally and externally. It is different from other ordinary honey. It contains antibacterial properties that surpasses others. All manuka honey comes with a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) trademark. UMF 10 or higher is more effective against bacteria than other types of honey. I always go for the 10+. Manuka honey is much more expensive than ordinary honey but it is worth every penny.
Yoghurt contains active living organisms, called good bacteria, that is important to our health. It is essential for a healthy digestive system. Yoghurt is pre-digested milk by good bacteria and so it is easily digested. And with 0% fat TOTAL Greek Yoghurt, it is even better. Be selective when you buy yoghurt. Some contain artificial sweeteners and some contain thickeners.
I am really glad to have found a way to combine all the 3 important food above to make a nice drink that my family enjoys. Making smoothie is really simple and easy, even children will be able to do under adult supervision. Smoothies are so delicious that I don’t think any one will ever get bored drinking it.
Here’s my Low Fat Healthy Smoothie recipe for 2 persons. You can vary the amount of the ingredients used.
1 big ripe banana
1C goat milk
3T 0% TOTAL Greek yoghurt
1t manuka honey
I love to use fresh, ripe mango. It gives the smoothie a very nice flavour. Mangoes are sweet, too, so you don’t need a lot of honey. One teaspoon is enough.
Or you can use peach, too, which is also sweet and has a beautiful favour.
Peel and cut all fruits. Add to other ingredients in a metal container or even a cooking pot, preferably a deeper pot and a narrower one, like mine here.
Put the hand stick blender into the pot. Make sure the end is beneath the liquid. Blend it by pulses for a start. This is to avoid splashing all over.
This is how it looks after it is well blended. It takes less than a minute to do it. That’s really quick. Pour into glasses or mugs and enjoy your freshly made, delicious, low fat and healthy smoothie.
Do you make your own smoothies? What is your favourite combination? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Other healthy drink recipes that you may be interested in:
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Healthy Avocado Drink
Carrot, Apple And Beet Juice For Health
Carrot, Apple And Broccoli Juice For Health
Healthy Lemongrass Drink
Fennel And Apple Juice For Health
Mango Raspberries Smoothie
Quote of the day……
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson