A few years back we used to juice like crazy. At least once every few months our family would set the challenge, and off we’d go on another juicing week. I became a big fan of juicing and making healthy smoothies. It was an easy way to get vegetables into my husband which would otherwise be rejected if served up on a plate! After leaving meat and dairy behind, making vegan smoothies would seem a simple step to take…

But the last couple of years we just never seem to have the time to devote to this healthy pastime. Unfortunately as I’ve drifted further and further away from making our own smoothies I’ve reverted back to very carb-based breakfasts and they quite often leave me feeling sluggish. I’ve tricked myself into thinking this is my only option because the quickest thing to do is to toast some bread, load it up with peanut butter and job done…right..?

Love Smoothies

 

Then I found Love Smoothies. The name was what caught my eye – Broccoli and the Beast, which had me chuckling. For a lot of folks there’s certainly very little “beauty” in broccoli, but once you try this smoothie you won’t be wearing a clothes peg on your nose anymore!

If you follow the manufacturers instructions this makes for a really simple, cost-effective breakfast for the whole family. I went a little “off piste” which impacted the cost and the time it took to make the vegan smoothies. Below is a comparison – during the week when time is fleeting stick with Option 1. At the weekends when you have a bit more time and are feeling adventurous in the kitchen why not try Option 2?

Love Smoothies also have a lot of other flavour options, we’ll be trying the Kale Kick next time!

 

Juice the pineapple for vegan smoothies Broccoli and the Beast vegan smoothies packs

Vegan Smoothies Option 1 (makes 2):

Pour the apple juice into a blender, add the frozen mix, blend for 30 seconds.  If it’s too thick add more juice, or stop the blender and shake that baby round and scrape down the sides. Then try blend again for 30 seconds.

Taking into account the cost of the box of 5 and 1L of good organic apple juice (I like Grove), the total cost of your 2 smoothies is £3.10 or £1.55 each. Not a bad breakfast price at all and if you stick with their instructions it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to make including the clean-up time.

Juice and vegan smoothies mix in blenderBlended vegan smoothies mixAdd frozen banana to vegan smoothies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Smoothies Option 2 (makes 2):

  • 2 x packs of Love Smoothie mix (the box comes with 5)
  • 1 pineapple, skin removed and cut-up into chunks
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of mint, rinsed and stalks removed

Juice the pineapple and mint and pour straight into the blender. Add the frozen mix, blend for 30 seconds. Stop the blender, shake it round and scrape down the sides. Blend again for 30 seconds and then add the frozen banana chunks and blend using the “ice” setting. If you don’t have one on your blender, you can cheat by starting and stopping the motor on/off for quick 3 second bursts.

Taking into account the cost of a box of 5 , a large pineapple and 1/2 an organic banana (we normally keep a tupperware of frozen chunks to hand at all times) option 2 total cost is £3.92 or £1.96 per smoothie.

Not a huge difference in cost, but if you’re watching the grocery budget stick with Option 1. Also this method will take you around 20-30 minutes longer to cut the pineapple, juice and clean-up.

Vegan Smoothies – Further Inspiration

The taste of these vegan smoothies was like a little slice of breezy, beach-holiday heaven. The frozen mix already had pineapple in it, but I doubled-down by adding more pineapple juice (pineapple squared!) The result was a smoothie that was not only super healthy, but tasted like a non-alcoholic pina colada. Close eyes, breathe, imagine…enjoy!

If you are thinking of juicing, whether for a short cleanse or longer, then please check out a few of these articles first. It’s important to ensure you’re still getting a good balance. As a general rule of thumb I say always make sure your juice or smoothie has vegetables in it too, not just fruit. And make it greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

If you’re looking for inspiration on wholesome juices and smoothies you can’t go wrong with The Blender Girl by Tess Masters. We have it at home, and my personal fave is the Antioxidant Avenger, perfect if you need pick-me-up. Also really like that Tess gives you a few simple tweaks to the recipe so you can enjoy it in either summer or winter. I also just spotted this recipe on her website…and I am ALL about pineapple right now, so this little frozen delight is definitely on the cards for a summer weekend soon.

It was also The Blender Girl book that first got me thinking about soaking for better health – more on that in a future blog!

Simplifying Happy (tropical flavour!) Choices

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About Michelle

Michelle grew up in a culture where it was normal to eat meat at every meal. Watching close family suffer multiple health problems drove her to learn more about eating for health. After watching Food Inc Michelle took the plunge into veganism and hasn’t looked back since. She is now on a mission to bring vegan inspiration to everyone!