Refreshing kiwi smoothie

Photo: Anastasia Khan

Nice and refreshing kiwi drink.

This fruit drink/smoothie used to be MiniMes favourite beverage when we  lived in South Korea. When we went to a cafe for coffee mornings with the baby or maternity groups she would get a kiwi drink as long as she had eaten her meal. To make this drink healthier I started to add spinach, banana, broccoli when I made it at home, see recipe HEREThis beverage though is just kiwi, water and sweetener.

For these two glasses I used:

5 kiwi
1-1,5 dl water
sugar or sweetener to taste

Peel and cut the kiwi into smaller pieces, put the fruit in a blender with the water and whizz until smooth.

Add sweetener to your liking, if the kiwis are sweet enough you do not need any sweetener. Sometimes when you add water to fruit drinks they tend to get a bit bland, so that is why I sometimes add a bit of sugar or soe other sweetener so it wont taste  watery.

Serve the drink cool and enjoy.

Watermelon and strawberry drink

Cooling and refreshing drink made with watermelon and strawberries.

I was six years old when my father took me on vacation to the Philippines for the first time and I was in watermelon heaven. Watermelon was not a common fruit in Norway in the seventies, even in season they were not in abundance. I can remember enjoying red watermelons and yellow watermelons, sitting outside in the sun with half a watermelon and a spoon or with a big tall glass with a watermelon drink.

There is a technique to find a nice ripe watermelon, my dad knew how, but I miss most of the time. When I unfortunately get a pinkish and not so tasty watermelon I usually make it drinkable or use it in salads. The watermelon as a refreshment has been so sacred that it is mostly eaten or drunk pure. But this watermelon was so pink that I thought it would look a little bland, so I added a little strawberries to make it a little brighter. I was a little skeptical trying this because I have not been very fond of watermelon blended with anything else, the flavour of the watermelon tends to be overpowered. To my surprise this was really good.

I used:

3 parts watermelon
1 part strawberries
1 part water
Sugar or some other sweetener
Mint for garnish.

Whizz everything in a blender, sweeten to taste and cool it in the fridge or serve it right away with some ice cubes.

Hott and spicy mango and passion fruit smoothie

Mango and passion fruit smoothie with a punch

Refreshing mango and passion fruit smoothie that is, sweet, tangy, hot and spicy.

A week before easter I went to Athens on a field trip and arround the hotel we where staying there was a bar that served a cocktail similar to this, needless to say it became very popular. This smoothie is my interpretation and without alcohol.

Hot and spicy mango and passionfruit smootie recipe, fruit

Yields 2-4 glasses:

400 g peeled and chopped ripe mango
2 cups crushed ice
2-3 chilies (use the amount you desire)
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 lime, juice only
4+2 passion fruits, pulp of 4 for blending and 2 for decoration
Fresh mint

For a naughty version

1 tbsp honey or clear syrup (add to blender)
2-4 cc vodka per glass depending on the size of the glass (pour this over the ice, then add smoothie and stirr)

Hott and spicy mango and passion fruit smoothie

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Fill glasses with the smoothie and decorate with the remaining passion fruit pulp, some chopped chili,  mint and serve.

I used pulp and seeds of the passion fruit because it is good for you and I thinkthe black specks looks decorative with the yellow in the glass. You can read about the passion fruit seed  HERESmoothie recipe

Healthy green smoothie

Have you ever had trouble getting your young ones to eat enough vegetables?

I have and my solution is to hide the veggies in their smoothies. I have tried many different combinations with different results, but this smoothie is the one that has been the most successful. The kiwi and the banana camuflages broccoli and spinac quite well. So even if my youngest one only want to eat carbs and proteins it does not really matter as long as she drinks this smoothie with her meal.

Smoothie enough for two glasses


1 banana

2 kiwi

Broccoli equal the amount of 1 banana

Spinach equalthe amount of 1 kiwi

1 cup almond milk

As you can see there is a lot of vegetables in this smootie.

Put everything in a blender and blend to a smooth mixture, then pour it in to glasses and decorate with some colorful straws.

 

Mango lassi

A Lassi is rhe Indian version of a smoothie or a shake.
A must have when ever we have indian for dinner.

4 dl yoghurt
2dl milk
2 dl sweet ripe mango, but you can use other fruits and berries that you feel like using.

2 tablespoon sugar
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve. The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours