A smoothie can be an interesting way to incorporate a variety of fruit into your breakfast. It's also quick and easy to enjoy – even on your way to work or school. By adding nuts or uncooked oats, you make the smoothie a bit more filling, which will keep you fuller for longer.
Remember that a smoothie has to be nutritious otherwise it digests too fast – leaving you hungry sooner. A smoothie can also be part of a breakfast with a small portion of eggs or muesli and yoghurt.
Serves 4 – 5
Ready in 20 minutes
½ medium papaya or 1 large mango, peeled and cubed
1 small banana, sliced
2 pears, plums, peaches or nectarines, cubed with the skin on
½ small pineapple, peeled and cubed
¼ cup (60 ml) uncooked oats or ground almonds (optional)
ice cubes to serve
Place fruit in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add oats or almonds, if preferred and blend for a few more minutes.
Place ice in tall glasses and pour smoothie into each glass. Thin down with a little water, yoghurt, rooibos tea or low-fat milk, if too thick to your preference.
1. When in season strawberries, grapes, mango and berries are delicious. Apples also work well.
2. A small glass of smoothie can also be enjoyed as a snack.
3. Add mint and a small piece of ginger to the fruit before blending for extra flavour.
4. Overripe fruit can be peeled, cut and frozen in freezer bags. Add this fruit to smoothies before blending for an ice cold treat.