Our Favourite Wholefood Smoothie Juices
These three power blender smoothie recipes taste more like refreshing juices than thick smoothies. Made with filtered water, whole vegetables and fruit they are a healthier and more nutritious alternative to pressed or squeezed juices. PLUS Learn how to save $10 off the Omniblend list price.
Before we got our own power blender, Matt would often skip out on breakfast satiating hunger with a flat white when he got into the office. You see, he’s not a toast for breakfast type nor does he ever feel like cooked breakfast soon after rising. To be honest I, too, often took longer than planned to ponder about what to put on my plate in the morning.
With our Omniblend power blender on standby, all of that has changed. And we are hooked!
Each weekday we begin our day with a different smoothie. Each glass full of pure wholefood deliciousness prepared in just under five minutes. In summer the blends tend to be more cold, made with added ice and chunks of juicy seasonal fruit. Now that winter is here we are leaning more toward porridge-based concoctions that have the unmistakable aura of comfort about them (you can find loads more smoothing ideas in my Smoothie eBook here).
Smoothies are a pleasure to drink and are one of the easiest ways to enjoy additional serves of fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds in our diets. Things that, let’s be honest, most of us don’t eat enough of in today’s world of over-processed pre-packaged food. They can be enjoyed any time of the day and make for healthy meal replacements for breakfasts, lunches, refreshing snacks, great additions to soups and sauces and, this one gets me excited the most, nutrient-dense desserts.
Most take less than a few minutes to make. They are relatively inexpensive but pack plenty of nutrients. Because they are made using raw foods, they can help improve digestion, boost immunity and increase energy.
Sometimes, when we need a little pick me up in the afternoon or feel sluggish from eating out and indulging a little, we make ourselves a wholefood smoothie.
What are Smoothie Juices?
Smoothie Juices drink more like a juice but they are made with whole fruit and veg, which means that all the goodness of fibre is actually retained in the drink. Matt loves his smoothies this way. He calls them “non-chewy” even though the blender does a perfect job at making them velvety smooth either way.
The following recipes, although inspired by flavour combination and nutritional benefits mentioned in my 40+ Quick and Healthy Smoothies eBook, drink more like a juice than a thick smoothie. In fact, I whipped up a few batches of each of these for a fundraising stall at the kids’ school athletics carnival and they proved to be a great hit with the kids and grown ups alike!
They are dairy-free, nut-free and gluten-free.
- ½ green apple
- ½ kiwifruit
- ¼ lime, peeled
- 1 kale leaf, stalk removed
- ⅛ avocado
- 1 teaspoon pea protein powder, optional
- 2 cups filtered water
- 150g fresh ripe strawberries
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp coconut cream
- 2 cups filtered water or coconut water
- ½ medium banana
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 cups filtered water or coconut water
- bee pollen - good source of micronutrients and protein
- hemp seeds - - good source of protein
- chia seeds - good source of protein
- peanut butter - good source of protein and fats
- nut and seed butters - good source of protein and fats
- To make the smoothie juices, choose your flavour combination then place all ingredients in a blender and process for 30-60 seconds or until smooth.
- Divide contents between 2 glasses, jars or bottles. Consume within 24 hours of making.
So, are power blenders worth their price tag and are they really that different from a regular blender?
Our honest answer to this is: yes and yes. It’s no secret that power blenders (such as the more highly priced Vitamix or Froothie and indeed the more budget-friendly Omniblend) are becoming the it appliance to have at home. Having tried all three of the major brands, I have to say that they are all great at making super smooth smoothies in a dash.
I used to make smoothies using a stick blender and in some instances, especially those involving soft fruit such as bananas and avocadoes, the results were outstanding. However, anything more fibrous like citrus, kale or spinach would render the smoothie chunky and texturally unpleasant. Even regular blenders have trouble achieving the super smooth consistency power blenders can when processing ice or hard fruit and veg like apples, carrots, beets, etc.
We love our Omniblend and our new, healthier and more wholefood routine.
The best news is that a good quality power blender does not have to cost an arm and a leg anymore.
I’ve tried and tested all of the three major brands, and I must say that while being the most budget-friendly, the Omniblend does the job perfectly well. I actually prefer its fuss-free rubber lid closure and I like the pre-set timer buttons. The 2-litre jug is BPA-free and the whole set comes with a tamper tool and a nut milk bag also. It’s also the most affordable with units starting at $309. It’s a great buy and a good powerful unit.
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