Smoothies have become everyone’s go-to healthy option. You get to mix a multitude of fruit and vegetables into one refreshing drink, which is both tasty and beneficial for your health – can it get any better? With seasonal Maltese fruits and veggies, it actually might!
We’re all about supporting local farmers by promoting recipes using Maltese produce, which we already did with our 5 Mouth-watering ice cream recipe ideas. Same goes for smoothies! So here are 6 thirst-quenching and invigorating smoothie ideas, using fruit and vegetables grown in the Maltese islands.
Ideal season for peaches: May to September
Peaches and almonds complement each other amazingly well, which is why bringing them together in smoothie form is a great idea! Before the summer months breeze by, take advantage of peach season and make this gorgeous smoothie you will wish was never-ending.
Ingredients (for one generous portion): 2 peaches, 2 tablespoons oats, 10 almonds, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons hot water, and ice cubes.
Soak the almonds in room-temperature water overnight. Leave the oats in the hot water for 15 minutes until they soften. Place the almonds and oats, together with the other ingredients, in a blender and mix everything at high speed for 1 minute. Before blending, you could also add some other natural ingredients to sweeten the mixture. You can add a teaspoon tip of vanilla extract or a whole teaspoon of honey, depending on your personal taste.
Ideal season for cucumbers: All year!
A zesty cucumber smoothie might not sound like the most appetising choice. But fusing the cucumber with apples or other similar fruit can create a vibrant and delicious green smoothie that will get you through any busy day! This cucumber smoothie recipe is rich in calcium, fibre and plenty of different vitamins.
Ingredients (for one generous portion): 1 small cucumber, 1 apple (cored), 1 tablespoon minced ginger, a handful of spinach, freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime and 1 cup of cold water.
Peel the cucumber, but not completely. Leave about half of the peel, so as not to lose the cucumber’s essential nutrients. Chuck all the ingredients into a blender, and get ready to be rejuvenated! You can also add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to add sweetness to this green smoothie.
Ideal season for grapefruit: October to February
This smoothie recipe is the ultimate definition of healthy! Apart from the detoxifying benefits of the grapefruit, this gluten-free and vegan-friendly smoothie can also strengthen your immune system with the range of vitamins and minerals found in spinach. The accompanying banana and apple sweeten it all up, making this smoothie the right reset button if you’ve been slacking off on healthy eating.
Ingredients (for 2 servings): 1 grapefruit (peeled, and seeds removed), 1 apple (cored), 2 cups spinach, 1 ripe banana (previously sliced and frozen), 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (peeled and chopped) and ice cubes.
Before throwing everything into the blender, be sure that when you’re removing the grapefruit’s seeds, you keep the reserved juice and include it in the mixture. If the blended result is too thick, add more almond milk. Since grapefruit is usually quite sour, add more banana or apple to sweeten the mixture if necessary.
Ideal season for strawberries: November to July
When strawberry season comes around, be sure to stock up your freezer! Strawberries can be combined with various other fruit to produce a smoothie that’s always flavourful and never boring. This healthy smoothie is definitely ideal to start off your morning with a natural boost.
Ingredients (for one generous portion): 170g of frozen strawberries, 2 tablespoons oats, 1.5 teaspoons pomegranate molasses, 1/3 cup coconut milk, 2/3 cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon dried chia seeds and 2 tablespoons hot water.
First, mix the oats with the hot water and leave them soak for around 15 minutes until they soften. Then place the oats in a blender and add all the other ingredients. Mix everything at high speed for 1 minute, and your Strawberry Sensation is ready to be served!
Ideal season for pumpkin: All year!
This protein-filled smoothie is definitely a morning must-have before facing a busy day. Pumpkin is often associated with dessert, and, as a result, it ends up being underestimated as a potential smoothie ingredient. Pumpkin really packs a punch when it comes to nutrients, and might easily be the missing piece to your new favourite smoothie concoction!
Ingredients (for one generous portion): 1/4 cup pumpkin pieces, 1 banana, 1/2 cup low fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/3 cup skimmed milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of honey, and ice cubes.
Once you have your pumpkin slices ready to be blended, making this smoothie is as easy as it gets! Just combine all the ingredients and blend them until you get a smooth mixture. That’s Halloween morning sorted!
Get your mason jar ready, and start your journey towards becoming a master of healthy smoothie-making! If you need to stock up on your smoothie ingredients, there are 182 Fruit & Vegetable Markets to choose from, all listed on Yellow!
Also, no smoothie can be made without a good quality blender. So check out the wide range of blenders available at any of these 107 Household Goods establishments.
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