Being a vegetarian, eating fruit and vegetables and incorporating them in my daily diet is a lifetime habit and not one that is hard for me, however when it comes to kids sometimes making sure they have their five a day is more difficult as they don't always like all fruit or vegetable that's good for them. In these instances my best plan of action is to hide them amongst fruits and vegetables that that do like in a form of a smoothie.
I made this delicious Peach and apple smoothie in my new Optimum 9400 that Froothie sent me and I am in heaven. Smoothies have now become my regular breakfast on the go ritual, they are healthy and my whole family can get their 5 a day without any fuss.
Peach and Apple smoothie(with hidden ingredients shhh!!)
2 ripe peaches stoned and cut into quarters
1 apple core removed and cut into quarters
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Handful of dried cranberries
1 generous tablespoon honey(add more or less to taste and sweetness of fruit)
I large glass filled with icecubes
100 ml water (or almond/soya milk)
1.Add all the ingredients into the Optimum 9400 and start to blend, starting at a low speed and gradually increasing the speed for about 60 seconds.
Serve the smoothie immediately in tall glasses or bottles with pretty straws for children. For my family I fill up insulated cups on the go to keep the smoothies chilled and easy to take away.
NB- I added water but you can add almond or soya milk to make it into a milkshake.
With the smoothie done let me introduce you to my new love the Optimum 9400-Not just a blender .There are many blenders on the market ranging in prices from £ 25.00 to £600.00, majority of the cheaper models will be more hassle than helpful. Most will need the fruit skinned, chopped, deseeded and will not crush ice which is a real pain and to clean them after is another story.On the other extreme the expensive ones are the ones that will crush ice and the fruit and vegetable they pulse needs minimum attention but not everyone can afford them at prices up to £600
Froothie have come up with a powerful mean machine called Optimum 9400 which will blast any ingredient and blitz it to a delicious purée in moments, furthermore it crushes ice like it cutting through butter, it chops, grates, grinds and whips and you can use it with wet or dry ingredients in it without buying a separate jug. It also makes instant icecreams for the summer and warm soups for the winter so you can make use of it the whole year around.
The best bit about the Optimum 9400 is that it looks sleek and smart has all the qualities of a robust and powerful blender at half the price.
The jug is made from Eastman Tritan copolyester which makes it BPA safe. It is totally leak proof and comes in a choice of 2 colours. At the moment the Optimum 9400 is available at a special offer introductory price of £329 which includes a 30 day trial so that you can return it back postage free if you are not totally satisfied with it. I love options like this because I feel that if I do invest in a gadget I want peace of mind that I can be100 percent happy with it.
I am really looking forward to my regular smoothies now and am already thinking of some more secret ingredients (ssshhh) that I can sneak into my smoothies. If you have any suggestions do share them in the comments below and I will try them out on my unsuspecting family :)
Thankyou to Froothie for sending me the blender, all views and opinions expressed in this post are genuine and not biased.