Drinks


When I first saw the picture of green smoothie (from My Recession Kitchen), I thought it was a green tea smoothie. Immediately I clicked the link, because I love green tea smoothie :). To my surprise, it was not green tea, it was spinach!!

It made me excited even more because I do love healthy juice or smoothie. Every day I still have the healthy juice that my mom taught me (also my first post in my blog :)). I am so keen to try this green smoothie as it contains fresh vegetable. Remember, we need 5 serves of vegetables every day. So to include vegetable for your breakfast makes a good start 🙂

I used banana and pineapple in the smoothie, but other fruits can also be used. I actually tried adding the spinach in my usual healthy juice (celery, tomato and apple) and it is good too :). I bought ripe bananas and pineapples from the market and chop them and keep them in airtight containers in the freezer. It is handy to divide the fruits into a few small containers (1 container for 1 or 2 serves of the smoothies).

How does it taste? Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! It’s very refreshing and fulfilling. The banana and pineapple marry really well in the smoothie (pineapple is my new favourite ingredient in smoothies :P). And you do not taste the spinach at all in the smoothie, but it’s there. The only proof that the spinach is there is from the lovely green colour.

Absolutely a gem! This smoothie will be a regular at my home 🙂

Green smoothie

(adapted from Green smoothie, My Recession Kitchen)

(makes 1 glass)

  • ¼ cup frozen chopped pineapple
  • ¼ cup frozen chopped banana (about ½ banana)
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup water

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or so until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

green is good … 🙂

xxx,
Inge

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January is summer in Australia. But today in Melbourne, it’s 20ºC maximum and raining. It’s freezing this morning…

I thought a cup of hot chocolate would be nice for this kind of weather. There are many drinking chocolate mix in the supermarket that you can just simply add hot water to make a cup of hot chocolate. But I don’t really fancy them, especially after I watched the Nigella Lawson’s show on Foxtel a while back, where she made hot chocolate using milk, chocolate, cinnamon and also golden syrup I think. So, this recipe is inspired by Nigella, but this is the light version, I suppose.

I have made this for a number of times, and I didn’t normally measure the quantity of each ingredient. But finally I got them measured up so I can share this in my blog. This is by far a better hot chocolate than the drinking chocolate mix.

I usually keep a block of dark chocolate in my fridge (I usually bought Cadbury Old Gold 70% Cocoa). It’s handy to have them to make a variety of drinks or snacks.

Dark chocolate has been correlated with health benefits from the level of anti-oxidants it contains. The higher the cocoa content, the higher the anti-oxidants (Heart Food the Healthy Heart Cookbook by Veronica Cuskelly and Nicole Senior, 2008)

Hot chocolate

(inspired by Nigella Lawson)

(serves 2)

  • 2 cups of low fat milk. I used soy milk.
  • 6 cubes of dark chocolate (from Cadbury Old Gold 70% Cocoa block)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon ground

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over a small fire. Whisk continously until it is about to boil. Pour into 2 cups and serve.

xxx,
Inge

Mango is in season and quite cheap this time of the year in Australia. I bought some mangoes from Aussie Farmers Direct for 98 cents each last week! They are really sweet… Combined with passionfruit, they make a nice and refreshing summer smoothie 🙂

Mango and passionfruit smoothie

(serves 2)

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 2 passionfruits
  • 2 scoops of Bulla frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk. I used soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Slice or dice the mango. Put the mango and all other ingredients except the passionfruit to a blender and blend for 30 seconds or so until smooth. Pour the smoothie into 2 glasses and top with the passionfruit pulp.

Smoothie ingredients

Ready to blend

Mango and passionfruit smoothie

xxx,

Inge

This one is another healthy drink that not only is very easy to prepare but also tastes so yummy. It can be enjoyed for breakfast or for refreshment in the afternoon. It’s a very refreshing drink for a hot summer day. If the deliciously deep purple colour doesn’t tempt you, you will be glad to know that it contains about 1 serve of dairy and half a serve of fruit of your daily intake recommendation. If it still doesn’t do it for you, trust me, it tastes berry berry nice!

Berry berry nice banana smoothie

(inspired by the recipe on the Bulla frozen yogurt tube)

(serves 2)

  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 big handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 2 scoops of Bulla vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds or so until smooth. Transfer to a glass and oo la la…

Ingredients for the smoothie

Ready to blend

Berry berry nice banana smoothie

xxx,

Inge

I dedicated my first post to a healthy drink that my husband and I have enjoyed almost every day. Thanks to my mom who showed me and made this every day when I spent my last visit in Indonesia (May 2009)  – We love you, MOM :).  Now we have this first thing in the morning during weekends, and in weekdays we normally have it after work or badminton.

We can be creative with the ingredients. We can use celery, tomato, cucumber, apple, orange, kiwi, pear, blueberries, rapsberries, etc. For the berries, I use the frozen ones. Not only that I can always keep them in the freezer, but they will also make the juice cold, there is no need for ice cubes. I normally use more vege than the fruit as I try to increase the vegetable intake in daily basis. Remember, it’s 5 serves of vege and 2 serve of fruits every day.

Here are the ingredients for the healthy juice I made this morning.

Healthy juice

(serves 2)

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 handfull of frozen mixed berries
  • 3/4 cup of apple juice (store-bought)

Chop the celery and tomato, put them in the blender together with frozen berries and apple juice. Blend them for about 30 seconds and enjoy!!

Healthy juice ingredients Ready to blend Healthy juice ready - Enjoy!!

xxx,

Inge