Summer is certainly smoothie season - although a good immune boosting recipe works for winter, we tend to enjoy them more outside with the sun shining. It is prime time to take advantage of seasonal and frozen fruits such as nectarines, cherries, strawberries and blueberries.
The idea of 'a meal in a glass' or on-the-go replacement seems the perfect solution on hot days. Plus with our more relaxed routine in the summer months - it can be a great answer to get those vitamins and nutrients into growing souls.
Fresh, fruity, cold and simple, plus an excellent source of protein (if you want to add your favourite protein power) and health booster, such as superfoods - chia seeds and açaí berry. Customise your smoothie to your tastes and personal health goals.
A huge trend at the moment is Smoothie bowls an alternative to the drinkable version, they are often thicker, designed to be eaten with a spoon and can also include ingredients like flax seeds, goji berries and bee pollen. Often topped with fresh fruit, nuts and more for extra crunch, this perfect breakfast is so insta worthy making a change from your avocado toast.
How to make a smoothie bowl? Start with frozen fruit, which can be anything from strawberries, mangos, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, banana, or raspberries. Add that into a blender with your favourite liquid - milk, non-dairy milk (almond, oat, coconut) or juice or greek yogurt. Blend until smooth and fully incorporated but thick. This is usually when you think you haven't put enough liquid in!
Transfer that mixture to a bowl, and top with your favourite textures and health boosts.
Guilt-free and delicious..... let's celebrate summer.
Here are a few favourite recipes from Ottilie HQ.
BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL
- 4 fl. oz./125ml (1/2 cup) almond milk
- 4 oz./125g (1/2 cup) Greek yogurt
- 4 fl. oz./125 ml (1/2 cup) coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
- 2 oz./60 g (1/2 cup) frozen mixed berries
- 1 Tbs. honey, plus more to taste
- 1 plum, pitted and sliced
- 1 oz./30 g (1/4 cup) fresh blueberries
- 2 Tbs. pomegranate seeds
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
In a blender, combine the almond milk, Greek yogurt, coconut milk, banana, berries and honey until the mixture forms a smooth puree. Taste and add more honey if desired. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Arrange the plum, blueberries and pomegranate seeds on top. Sprinkle with the chia seeds and serve in your most beautiful instagrammable bowl!
*we also love adding a sprinkle of sliced almonds, pistachios or pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a nutritional powerhouse with nutrients ranging from magnesium to protein and zinc.
Recipe & Photo © Willams Sonoma with an Ottilie twist!
- 150g Total Greek Yoghurt
- 1 tbl of oatbran
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 - 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Place all ingredients into a blender and wizz until smooth. It's not too sweet and has a slight creaminess with nutty hint and fibre from the oatbran. Plus a perfect dose of protein from the greek yoghurt. Pour. Drink & Enjoy.
Photo © Ottilie Wellness
POWER GREEN SMOOTHIE
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup/200ml of unsweetened almond milk
1-2 tablespoons of almond butter
1 large handful of spinach (50g)
1 ripe banana
optional: 2 medjool dates
Simply pit the dates and pour everything into the blender and blend until smooth.
I would have this smoothie about 2-3 times a week. Taken from Deliciously Ella's first book it is the best and quickest way to kick start your day. The power punch from the spinach is an awesome way to get your greens, plus the creaminess of the banana and almond milk make it thick. If you like something sweet then adding the medjool dates is the answer.
Photo © Deliciously Ella
Lastly, if you happen to be enjoying summer on the west coast or in Hawaii this year go grab yourself a Banzai Bowl. @banzaibowls
Their bowls or smoothies use acai berry puree for the base, blended with bananas and other fruit. They can be made with soymilk for creaminess or apple juice for extra sweetness. They contain no sugar, yogurt or sorbet and no ice to dilute them. Fruit, honey and granola top the bowls. These are an energy winner anytime of day.