Super Smoothies for Autumn
Smoothies are a great way to use your home-grown fruit and veggies, and to get your daily requirement in a quick and tasty meal. Autumn is a great time to start planting those smoothie fruits, veggies and berries, for you to enjoy super smoothies and keep you feeling fresh and healthy during winter.
Here are three of our favourite smoothie recipes, but don’t be dictated to! There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to delectable combinations, so use whatever you’ve got growing in your garden. Experimentation is the name of the game!
1 cup rhubarb stalks
1 whole medium pineapple
1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 litre water
- Clean the rhubarb stalks. (And throw the leaves on the compost heap!)
- Peel and dice the pineapple. You can include the core or discard it, depending on the power of your blender.
- Pop all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
Another great combination that makes use of your rhubarb is rhubarb, watermelon, celery, cucumber (Find out how to grow cucumber here: Cool Cucumber), lime, pear, kiwi and frozen strawberries. This is just the ticket for hot summer days!
For a tropical flavour combine rhubarb, strawberries, coconut water, mangoes and fresh ginger. Add a touch of raw honey to taste, if necessary.
Don’t be tempted to add the rhubarb leaves into your smoothie – they’re toxic! It’s the stalks that are good for you, containing all sorts of vitamins and minerals.
- Power peanut butter and banana smoothie
Peanut butter is a powerhouse of energy and nutrients, and its natural flavour ally is the equally nutritious banana.
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon raw honey
¼ cup plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon chia seeds
¼ cup raw rolled oats
1 dash of cinnamon
Milk or almond milk, to make your smoothie as runny as you like it
- Combine all the ingredients in your blender. Start with only a little milk.
- Adjust the consistency by adding milk, if necessary. Similarly, add more honey if your smoothie is not sweet enough for you.
The more adventurous, health conscious of you might want to try a ‘green smoothie’, which is based on leafy greens.
2 cups chopped spinach (or kale, beetroot leaves, Asian greens, or whatever else you’ve got growing)
1 large granny smith apple (or any apple variety)
2 kiwi fruits
2 cups water
A few stalks of celery
Raw honey, to taste
- Peel the kiwi fruits, peel and seed the lemon, and remove the seeds from the apple (or cut the flesh away from the core)
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.