Bring on the berries and make a delicious summer smoothie when you need an instant refresh. Bananas often hook up with strawberries in fresh fruit drinks but we’re sticking to berries on this occasion to keep the flavour and texture light and fresh. Feel free to add your favourites though.
What’s so great about this fruity berry bonanza is that not only does it taste incredibly delicious, it is also packed with vitamins and minerals to boost health. Strawberries, for example, are rich in vitamins C and K, and are a source of fibre, folic acid, and potassium. Its striking brightness is not without goodness either – its redness is due to anthocyanins that have antioxidant properties that can help to protect the heart. Raspberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants are sources of anthocyanins, too.
We’re obsessed with fresh ginger. It might not look pretty on the outside but it would be rude to judge this natural wonder on its appearance alone. What matters is that it is a zingy, spicy, natural ingredient with health benefits to boot.
Research suggests that ginger has therapeutic properties, such as antioxidant effects, anti-inflammatory actions, and may also help to reduce nausea, especially during pregnancy.
To add a little kick to a berry smoothie, add fresh ginger to the mix. Peel off the outer skin and grate 1 tablespoon or around about an inch of the peeled ginger. The finishing touch is a generous squeeze of fresh lemon to bring a sharp and refreshing perkiness to the smoothie. If you’re not sure about mixing ginger and berries, keep it simple: steep a couple of half-inch slices of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water. It is a great alternative to tea or coffee and will also help to settle the stomach when you’re no feeling on top form.
IN THE SMOOTHIE MIX
We love fresh berries but frozen ones are just as good and add a refreshing chilled edge to the nutritional goodness. Here is what you’re going to need to make your berry bonanza smoothie:
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1 cup of blackberries
- ½ squeezed lemon
- 2 slices of ginger, grated
MEET THE BLENDER
Looking for a blender to juice down some delicious summer fresh berries? We reccomend you try out the Nutri Ninja Pro Complete Personal Blender. We’re huge fans of this blender. For starters, the 900watt motor is a powerful one so it makes short work of fruit and vegetables. It effortlessly blends fruit to a great, smooth consistency, which is perfect for smoothies. The blades are another reason why this blender one of our firm favourites – we often add ice and frozen fruits to our berry bonanza recipe and the blade is still impressively sharp. When it comes to cleaning it, all the removable parts – blades, lids and plastic cups – are dishwasher safe (not the motorised base, for obvious reasons). The jug is BPA free, too. Better still, you get 30 recipes with this model, so there are fruit and vegetable blends to experiment with. Here’s a quick breakdown of details:
- Pro Extractor Blades break down whole fruits, vegetables and ice in seconds
- 2 Sip-n- seal to Go lids for personalized drinks and meals on the go
- Single serve cups: 2 sizes 650ml and 500ml
- Powerful 900 watt motor