6 Delicious Smoothie Recipes

    Helen Scott, founder and author of Mango Menus, the Hong Kong foodies’ website, selects six of its delicious and nutritious smoothie recipes to kick start your healthy living. Get your blender at the ready and enjoy!

    6 Delicious Smoothie Recipes, Mango Lassi – refined sugar free

    Mango Lassi – refined sugar free

    This is an Indian yoghurt-based smoothie that I first had lying in a hammock on a beach in Goa. Those were the days… and it is a great way to use those Filipino small mangoes, when in season.

    What you need
    • 1 large mango or 2 small ones
    • 200ml unsweetened yoghurt or milk kefir
    • 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey or maple syrup
    • Pinch of ground cardamom

    Blend until smooth.
    Makes two drinks.

    6 Delicious Smoothie Recipes, Strawberry-tofu-shake

    Strawberry Milkshake – dairy-free, refined sugar free

    This may look like a strawberry yoghurt/milkshake but it is in fact dairy-free, higher in protein (thanks to the tofu and almond milk) and void of refined sugar, sweetened only with Manuka honey. It is far cheaper to make these than buying those overpriced packs of six yoghurts in Hong Kong supermarkets, that are full of rubbish anyway.

    What you need
    • 350g pack of silken tofu
    • Handful of strawberries
    • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey
    • 250ml of almond milk to turn it
      into a smoothie

    Blend the plain silken tofu with a handful of strawberries and vanilla extract. Garnish with a strawberry slice and refrigerate until required. Add 250ml of almond milk to the blender to turn it into a longer, smoothie drink.
    Makes Three to four drinks.

    6 Delicious Smoothie Recipes, Raspberry cacao shake

    Raspberry Cacao Shake

    Cacao is chocolate in its raw, most nutritious form and can be bought as a powder as well as the actual cacao nib. We use them both in this smoothie for flavour and texture.

    What you need
    • 1 banana
    • 100ml plain yoghurt
    • 100ml milk of choice (cow’s, soy, almond etc)
    • 1 handful of frozen raspberries
    • 2 teaspoons of cacao powder (or cocoa will do)
    • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
    • Few cacao nibs to sprinkle on top

    Blend all the ingredients in the smoothie maker until smooth. Then, sprinkle cacao nibs on top.
    Makes Two smoothies.

    vegetables on a table with juice

    Kale, Pear & Celery

    Kale is the most nutrient dense vegetable on our planet containing high levels of vitamin A and C as well as anti-cancer compounds. It can be enjoyed in many ways including kale chips, salads, stir fries and smoothies such as this one. The pear gives the smoothie a sweet flavour, taking away any bitterness from the greens and is cleansing along with the celery.

    What you need
    • 1 stick of kale
    • 2 pears
    • 1 stick of celery

    Makes two drinks.

    6 Delicious Smoothie Recipes, Baobab, Orange, Carrot & Ginger

    Baobab, Orange, Carrot & Ginger

    This amazingly healthy drink is full of immune boosting orange juice, carrot and ginger as well as a teaspoon of baobab powder. Baobab is a super fruit grown in Africa which has six times the vitamin C of an orange and twice the calcium of milk.

    What you need
    • 2 oranges
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 inch cube of ginger
    • 1 teaspoon of baobab powder

    Juice the first three items and then stir in a teaspoon of baobab powder.
    Makes two drinks.

    oranges on a table

    Belly Shots

    These shots contain aloe vera, turmeric and apple and are certainly not the shooters to which I am accustomed. I saw these on the Holistic Lifestyler Instagram account, compiled by an Aussie guy who is far more wholesome than I will ever be, but I find the account inspirational nonetheless. I therefore thought these belly shots would be another excellent use for my organic aloe vera, supposedly good for digestive issues. It’s apparently best taken on an empty stomach after having first been to the bathroom in the morning.

    What you need
    • 1 apple
    • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera sap
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric

    Juice the apple then blend with the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
    Makes two shots, and what’s more, they are most palatable.

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