Today’s smoothie is a fast and nutritious one that you can put together and blend in no time at all. With blueberries (which have been called the ultimate brain food) high in antioxidants and often used by many athletes to provide metal sharpness (daily servings can help with brain cell growth) in smoothies and you can opt to use fresh or frozen blueberries.
It makes the whole process so much easier when you know you can make a fresh healthy smoothie whenever you want to, and all your ingredients are in the freezer, I have started freezing batches of smoothie ingredients into freezer bags so I can just reach in and grab a bag, blend and go!
Nectarine is one of my favourite fruits so I wanted to include one in this smoothie as it offers some sweetness as well as being rich in Vitamin C and B.
This homemade all natural smoothie has just four ingredients, the blueberries and nectarine that I have talked about, and also banana and natural yogurt. Although Lara our youngest doesn’t really like bananas she is quite happy to have one in a smoothie (and she likes it!), it’s great when you can find a way to re-introduce a food that they don’t like in a new way which they do!
What I love about having a smoothie is it’s such a practical way to replenish essential fluids and nutrients by drinking a smoothie and as all fruits have a water content it’s the perfect way to top-up your daily intake of fluids very simply.
- 1 Banana
- 1 Nectarine
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 3-4 tablespoons natural yogurt
Add all the ingredients to your blender (I used the Bella Extract-Pro Blender) and blend until smooth, you can add a little more natural yogurt if needed or some almond milk if you prefer. This smoothie is filling and tasty and I find that it is sweet enough, but if you want to have a sweeter taste then you could add a teaspoon of honey.
This was one of my OH’s favourite smoothies, but as he is following the Paleo diet (he is training for a Triathlon) he substituted the natural yogurt for a little almond milk. That’s the beauty of including a smoothie into the family routine, you can just adapt each one to suit everyone’s personal tastes.
You can add ice to the smoothie if you prefer, but I find that if you use frozen fruit it gives a really lovely chill to the smoothie so ice cubes are not needed.
Once you have blended to your desired consistency all you need to do is serve and enjoy!