*BLEND-ACTIVE FAMILY PACK: c/o AO.com2015 was undoubtedly the year of the smoothie and 2016 is set to be an even bigger year for the blenders. Everyone loves a smoothie and even those who don't usually eat fruit or veg have been getting into the healthy trend and drinking their greens instead. AO.com kindly sent me over one of their famous Blend Active family packs so below are a few of my own recipes that I hope you will love as much as I do!
Firstly, I'll tell you a little bit about the blender itself. The Blend Active is a simple, affordable and pretty darn amazing blender, perfect for making your morning smoothie. It's really, really easy to use and I've found I use mine just about everyday now. Simply pop your ingredients in one of the bottles, screw on the blades and press the button. Simple. As. That. The family pack comes with two larger bottles and two smaller bottles, the latter being perfect for taking your smoothie to the gym or to work with you, meaning it's so easy to get your five a day.
So here are my three favourite smoothie recipes for you to try yourself. They've proven to be popular in my household!
THE HEALTHIER BANANA MILKSHAKE
A personal favourite of mine, this banana based smoothie is a perfect alternative for when you're craving a sweet drink like a banana milkshake. I like to think of this one as a healthier alternative! It's also one of the easiest and tastiest smoothies to make so I find myself making this one over and over again. All you need is almond milk, two bananas and a couple of spoonfuls of honey. Blend it all up in the Blend Active and you've got a perfect. creamy banana nut milkshake, minus the sugar and dairy overload. Honestly, if you love banana and nutty flavours, this is most definitely the one for you.
THE TROPICAL KICK
Although the banana shake smoothie is my favourite, this tropical one has been a firm favourite with everyone else in my house. If you've made smoothies before, you'll know that they don't always smell too appealing but this one even smells divine. To create this beautiful smoothie, you'll need two passionfruit, mango pieces, pineapple pieces, three spoonfuls of greek yoghurt with honey and a little bit of coconut milk. It is seriously delicious and just tastes like holiday in a cup! To make this vegan you can simply switch out the yoghurt with soya yoghurt, something which I noticed Onken has started doing!
THE SUPER GREEN
I obviously had to include a green smoothie in this one as they have been all the rage recently but they can be really hard to get right. They're definitely a love or hate kinda thing but whichever side you fall down on, you can't deny they're the best in terms of nutrition. Now, I didn't want mine to be too bitter as can be the case with green smoothies so I tried to switch up the ingredients so it was just that bit sweeter. For this one you'll need two kiwis, a handful of spinach, a pear, two spoonfuls of greek yoghurt with honey, a squirt of lime juice and a handful of goji berries to sprinkle on the top. Naughty me forgot to take a photo of this one when I first blended it up but you can see it on the photo above on the right hand side. It's a controversial one but I really like it and if you want to get your superfood fix there's no better way to do it!
If you want an easy way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet, there's no better way to do it than to get your hands on a Blend Active. They're affordable and are available for under £30 from AO!