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try 43 new smoothie combinations

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Evie has written 17 entries about this goal

17. Mandarin, passionfruit and strange apricot

4 mandarins
1 passionfruit
3 strange apricots
½ banana
½ apple
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
a little pineapple juice

I should’ve taken a picture of the strange apricots. I found them in Tesco and had to try them, never having seen them before. They’re the same size as regular apricots, with purplish-brownish skin and wine-stained flesh. The taste is a richer version of apricot, and they’re very juicy. They have the same kinda spongy texture as regular apricots though, which I’m not crazy about, so into the smoothie they went.



16. Nectarine and passionfruit, with speckles!

1 nectarine
1 passionfruit, incl. seeds
1 mandarin
½ banana
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
orange juice

Delicious, and the flecks of nectarine skin and passionfruit seeds gave it a fun speckledy look that made me smile with every mouthful :o)



15. Orange, mandarin and passionfruit

½ banana
1 pear
1 passionfruit (including seeds)
Freshly squeezed juice and pulp of 1 orange
Ditto of 3½ mandarins (they smelled so good I ate the first half straight up!)
a little water

Yum, yum, YUM. Tastes like sunshine in a glass :o) Passionfruit is my current, er, passion – I bought some for the first time recently and couldn’t believe what I’ve been missing. I’ve put it in fruit salad, in yoghurt, even in turkey korma having read that it goes well with coconut milk. (It did.) The seeds are a little gritty in a smoothie, but no worse than pomegranate, and so worth it for the flavour.



14. Strawberry, redcurrant and pomegranate

½ banana
½ Gala apple
handful strawberries
2 sprigs redcurrants
1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1 tbsp vanilla yoghurt
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
grape juice

I’d never seen fresh redcurrants before except as a garnish on desserts in fancy restaurants, so I snapped them up when I saw them at the grocery the other day. They’re lovely, tart-sweet and flavoursome, but they seem to be more seed than flesh – which was what made me think to combine them with pomegranate, cos you have to blend the hell out of that too if you don’t want to feel like there’s sand in your smoothie :-p The yoghurt was an attempt to thicken it enough that the seeds wouldn’t all sink to the bottom of the glass, and it worked pretty well.



13. Ruby grapefruit, pineapple and banana

½ ruby grapefruit
½ cup pineapple
1 banana
1 tbsp goji berries
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
about 200mls orange juice

Ruby grapefruit was my mom’s suggestion – she said it’s good in breakfast smoothies. I found it pleasant-tasting but very tart, in spite of the sweetness of the (very ripe) pineapple – I’ll probably add a teaspoon of honey next time.



12. Apple, kiwi, grape, kale & cucumber

½ green apple
1 kiwi
handful green grapes
2 inches cucumber
handful kale
¼ avocado
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
about 200mls NFC apple juice

Starting to run out of ideas for new combinations (already, and I have 31 to go!) – I’ve found a few favourites and tend to rotate between them now. I know I’ve used all of these ingredients before, but I don’t think in quite this combination. I’ve decided I like kiwi in smoothies better than I like them straight up, which is a good thing cos I have half a dozen of them to use!

Anyone got any suggestions for completely new smoothie ingredients I can try? I know there must be loads…



11. Melon, clementine & goji berry

¼ honeydew melon
1 clementine
1 heaped tbsp goji berries
1 tsp orange-blossom honey
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
about 150mls pineapple juice

Scrumptious. Vivid orange, sweet-tart and refreshing.



10. Red grape and cherry

2 handfuls seedless red grapes
2 tbsp tinned cherries
1 Gala apple
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
about 200mls apple & cranberry juice

I love cherries, but last time I put fresh ones in a smoothie it took ages to pit them and drove me nuts, so I decided to try tinned ones. They’re not worth it, or at least this particular brand aren’t; they don’t taste cherry-ey enough and the texture is odd. Texture’s not a problem in a smoothie, obviously, but I couldn’t taste them at all in this. Pity, cos cherries contain high levels of melatonin and I was hoping for a ‘nightcap’ smoothie that would work well when I don’t get to make my smoothie till later in the day.



9. Fresh coconut, pineapple & banana

water and about ¼ flesh of a coconut
1 banana
⅓ cup pineapple
about 100mls milk
about 100mls water

I had great fun this afternoon preparing the coconut. Gotta love a fruit you have to take a hammer to :o) It’s a little fibrous in the smoothie, but it tastes fabulous. A little more pineapple would make it even better.



8. A bit of everything with melon & avocado

large handful kale
large handful green seedless grapes
about 2 inches cucumber
½ Rocha pear
¼ avocado
¼ Galia melon
2 tbsp Udo’s oil
about 200mls pineapple juice

Last day before being away for the rest of the week, so pretty much anything green left in the fridge went into this one! It wasn’t bad – could’ve been a bit sweeter, but the avocado gave it a nice touch of creaminess.



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