I adore smoothies – or as I like to call it, Unicorn Juice, because it’s downright magical.
My André gifted me with The Best Blender in the History of Ever two years ago. Since then I’ve pretty much had a smoothie for breakfast every day. I’ve tried, tested, and created gazillions of smoothie recipes (some less successful than others…) so starting this month, I’ll be sharing monthly creations with you.
Smoothies are quick and easy to make, and the magical thing about them is that you can create all kinds of interesting combinations, simply by using the below as a guide:
- Base: Start with 1 to 1 ½ cups of liquid, such as water, milk (I prefer coconut, soy, almond, or rice milk), iced tea, or plain fat free yoghurt. I tend to avoid fruit juice as it’s very high is sugar.
- Fruit and vegetables: Add 1 to 2 complementary fruit, and leafy greens for a ‘green’ smoothie. Banana is my go-to fruit, and baby spinach my go-to leafy green.
- Optional extras: Think of extras as ‘accessories’ for your smoothie, to make it your own. Extras can range from sweetener (such as honey), to herbs, nuts, seeds, spices, vitamin powder, protein powder, or even Spirulina.
Now this particular smoothie, very nearly didn’t see the light of day. If you read my last blog post, you’ll know all about my small town grocery shopping struggles – one week the mushroom delivery will be delayed, the next week there won’t be any strawberries in store (FYI the local strawberries are DELISH – definitely gives Woolies a run for its money!), so of course, when I started gathering ingredients for my detox smoothie, there was no baby spinach, or mint in store. I was dead set on using these ingredients – a green smoothie needs greenery, after all!
Luckily, I remembered being invited to a Facebook group last year, which the Somerset East locals use as a platform to buy and sell fresh produce. So on the eve of my first 2017 Unicorn Juice prep, I posted a desperate message to the group, asking if anyone in town had baby spinach and mint for sale. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to respond, it being the holidays and all, so imagine my surprise when I received not one, but TWO responses within minutes – one all the way from Ireland, and one from the Western Cape! The Dubliner (a local friend who is based in Ireland for a couple of months), informed me that her mom, who lives a quick walk away, had mint in her garden. The response from the Western Cape post read; “Jump over our fence. Lots of spinach in our vegetable garden. Your neighbour.” Small town hospitality, and social media, saved the day!! So thank you, lovely holidaying neighbour, and The Dubliner, for making my smoothie dreams come true – cheers to you! 🙂
Without further ado, here it is, my first Unicorn Juice recipe – because let’s face it, we can all do with a little detoxification after eating ALL THE THINGS over the festive season.
P.S. You can use fresh or frozen fruit – these days I buy in bulk, and freeze most of my fruit, because #grocerystruggles.
P.P.S. If you don’t hate berries, then don’t miss next month’s Unicorn Juice recipe!