Pineapple & Mango Juice

Pineapple & Mango JuiceWhen mangoes are in season you have to make the most of them.
Here in Southern WA they are a real treat when they reduce in price. We buy them in bulk when they are in season (and inexpensive) and then freeze for later.
Using frozen mango in your juice makes it nice and thick, and extra cold and refreshing too.
And what better flavour to go with mango than pineapple! A tropical match made in heaven :)

To make a pineapple and mango juice these are the quantities I use:

• 1 mango, it is great if you have one frozen, but fresh is just fine too
• fresh pineapple. About 1/4 of a pineapple, but just add to taste.
• 1 orange, peel removed.
• Large handful of ice. About half a tray or 80-90g
• 250ml of coconut water or water

Blend together on speed 9 for 30-40 seconds until smooth.
For more details on using your Thermomix to make juice and smoothies read my post here.

Super Protein Smoothie

Super Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is protein packed. With nuts, seeds, fruit and dairy it is loaded with good nutrition and very filling.
Prepare this when you need breakfast on the go, or as a post exercise protein boost.

These are great as an after school food option for kids too. My children come home from school starving and a smoothie is a good way to fill them up and keep them going until dinner.

This makes two large serves, or you can stretch it to three smaller glasses.

Super Protein Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 banana (I like to use a frozen banana as it makes the smoothie nice and cold)
  • 60g frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp pepita seeds
  • 30g almonds
  • 70g (1/3 cup) natural yoghurt
  • 250g milk
Method
  1. Place all ingredients into mixer bowl (or powerful blender) and combine speed 8, 30 seconds.

 

Strawberry & Mint Mojitos

Mojitos
Mojitos are really easy to prepare and are so refreshing to enjoy on a warm day. Adding strawberries gives this classic cocktail an extra hit of summery sweetness –  and it looks beautiful and pink too!

The alcohol content per glass is the equivalent of two standard shots. Halve the rum and add an extra 60g of soda water if you want to lower the alcohol content. Or, if you would prefer to have your drink alcohol free, simply substitute the rum with lemonade.

I have given quantities for two serves, but you can easily double if you are entertaining a crowd.

Cheers!

Strawberry & Mint Mojitos
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 120g Bacardi (or other sweet rum)
  • 120g soda water
  • One tray of ice cubes
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 lime
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • 30g sugar
To serve
  • Extra lime
  • 2-3 Strawberries
  • Mint leaves
Method
  1. Add sugar to mixing bowl and mill, speed 10, 10 seconds.
  2. Slice lime into rings, then in half again (to make half moon shapes)
  3. Hull the strawberries.
  4. Add sliced lime, strawberries and mint to mixing bowl with sugar. Bash together gently by mixing on reverse, speed 4, 10 seconds.
  5. Add soda water, Bacardi and ice and mix reverse, speed 3, 10 seconds.
  6. Pour into serving glasses and add extra sliced lime, sliced berries, and mint leaves to decorate.

 

 

Fresh Juice – Sunshine in a Glass

Thermomix fresh juice
Apricots are the secret ingredient to this juice. They add a lovely smoothness to the texture and that unmistakable apricot summery flavour. We have an apricot tree that gives us so much fruit that we end up with bags full of frozen apricot halves at the end of harvest each summer. They are perfect to add into juices, straight from the freezer.

• 2-3 apricots. We use them from frozen, but fresh will work too.
• 1 orange, peel removed
• 1 green apple, leave the skin on, cut into quarters. Leave core and seeds intact.
• Large handful of ice (about half a tray or 80-90g)
• 250ml of coconut water

Blend together on speed 9 for 30-40 seconds until smooth.
For more details on using your Thermomix to make juice and smoothies read my post here.

Simple Green Smoothie

Green
If you are new to the world of green smoothies then this simple blend is a good place to start. It is fruit based so quite sweet so easy on the taste buds.

• 1 green apple, cut into quarters, leave the peel and core intact
• 2 large handfuls of fresh kale (or spinach if you don’t have kale). I am not very specific in my measurements here, just grab a big bunch and chuck it in!
• Fresh mint to taste
• 2 sticks celery, cut into chunks
• 1 orange, peeled and cut into chunks
• Large handful of ice
• 250ml of coconut water (or plain water)

Blend together on speed 9 for 30-40 seconds until smooth.
For more details on using your Thermomix to make juice and smoothies read my post here.

Berry & Citrus Blitz

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Add some zing to your berry juice by adding some lemon.

• Handful of fresh or frozen strawberries
• Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries (I like to use them frozen for an extra thick juice)
• Half a lemon, peel removed
• 1 green apple, leave the skin on, cut into quarters. Leave core and seeds intact.
• Large handful of ice
• 250ml of coconut water

Blend together on speed 9 for 30-40 seconds until smooth.
For more details on using your Thermomix to make juice and smoothies read my post here.

 

Juice and Green Smoothies

Juice
I love my Thermomix for it’s ability to make basics just as much as its ability to whip up gourmet treats. The fact that it lives permanently on my kitchen bench also means that I am much more likely to use it for everyday things than if I had to get a machine in and out of the cupboard. That sounds really lazy, but I think most of us are the same – convenience wins!

Making our own juice is one example. The Thermo does an amazing juice, it is so quick to prepare, the juice tastes great, it is easy to clean up, and (what I love most) is that all the goodness of the fruit and vegetables is contained within the juice. The pulp, skin, juice, every bit of good stuff is retained.

To make a juice I use the following basic guide. This makes two large glasses, or four small ones. It is not an exact science, so don’t worry too much about precise measurements. Just add a bit more or less liquid or fruit depending on how thick you like it. The ice is essential though, it helps the pulp break down and mix through.

  • Fruit and vegetables, I usually use a mixture of fresh and frozen. The equivalent of about 3-4 pieces. Don’t peel anything you don’t need to, and include seeds and core of apples.
  • About 100g ice (which is about half a tray of cubes).
  • Between 100g – 250g of water or coconut water (I use coconut water, but plain water is fine too) The amount of liquid to use depends on how thick you like your juice.

Add everything to the bowl and mix speed 9 for 20 seconds. Open the lid and check, scrape sides if needed and then mix for a further 20 seconds. Simple!
In the warmer weather I like to take my juice to work with me for a mid morning pick me up,  I pour it into a glass bottle and use a stubby holder to keep it cool. Not very glamorous looking, but it works a treat (but I really must try and find a prettier stubby holder in the shops!)
The flavour options are endless, some of our favourite combinations are:

  • Apple, orange, kiwi, kale and ginger.
  • Apple, lemon, cucumber, celery and spinach.
  • Pineapple, orange and apple.
  • Mango, orange and apple.
  • Orange, apple, carrot and apricot.
  • Berries, apple and orange or lemon.

I always have packaged frozen berries in the freezer, but I also freeze other fruit myself when it is in season and inexpensive (mangoes, strawberries, kiwi, stone fruit). I generally freeze into portions so that I can just take it straight from the freezer to use. And don’t forget herbs! Mint is a beautiful fresh addition to most flavours, and fresh ginger is really nice too (and good for you). Once I have made juice in the morning I just add some water to the bowl, whiz for 15-20 seconds and rinse. Clean up is a cinch.
So what are you waiting for? Go make some juice!