A smoothie bursting with natural goodness is a truly scrumptious way to start the day isn’t it? But all too often we go through a short-lived burst of juicy smoothie enthusiasm, and then pop the juicer in the back of the cupboard where it rots, destined to never see the light of day again because using it seems like the kind of effort we just can’t conjure up on even the most languid of June mornings…
But that’s about to change, because today Housekeepers I am going to insist that you drag the juicer or blender out of it’s culinary burial place and offer it a permanent home on the kitchen counter if only for the rest of the Summer. Are you with me?
We are going to create a Smoothie Zone: a place where everything you need is available in one place to whip up the most delicious, nutritious morning juices.
Start by establishing a place for your juicer or blender to live and place it on a pretty tray big enough to hold everything you need. First up, and perhaps most obviously we need a fruit bowl. A tiered cake stand is a good choice as it will allow you to use vertical space to display a wide variety of fruit of different shapes and sizes…
Next up, a collection of nutritious additions in small Kilner Jars with pretty labels:
*Flaxseed (buy in the health food store): for essential fatty acids.
*Lecithin Powder: for aiding the digestion of fats and increased brain power!
*Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds: for added crunch and texture.
*Wheatgrass Powder: to harness the inner cleansing properties of chlorophyll.
Now for some puttery juicy treats:
*A bottle of rosewater and a bottle of orange blossom water to add delicate fragrance to your juices.
*A pot of Fresh Mint.
*Fresh ginger and a tiny ginger grater.
*Dried nutmeg and cinnamon.
And finally a few practical additions to your zone.
A small chopping board
A selection of knives.
An orange squeezer.
My favorite Smoothie?
Strawberry Rose Juice.
Two handfuls of Strawberries
Half a banana
A long glug of rosewater
2 Tbsps. of oatmeal.
Lots of ice and a few leaves of mint to garnish
Put all ingredients in the blender and whizz. Add water to reach desired thickness and drink…
The world really is our oyster when it comes to smoothies, but it always helps to have a few tried and tested recipes to hand, so owning a dedicated recipe book helps you to both expand your horizons and tickle your taste-buds, encouraging you to try new ingredients and keep things as healthy as possible...