Milk shakes used to be dense in calories and low in nutrients. Today fruity smoothies have reinvented how we use the blender. ‘Shakes’ are now fresher and lighter, made with fruit and curd, or fruit juice and milk, and bursting with nutrients.
Strawberry and banana smoothie: Instead of apricots use 225g (8oz) strawberries. Reserve 4 strawberries and blend the remainder with the bananas and yoghurt (there is no need to add honey or mint). Mix in apple juice in place of the orange juice. Stir in the grated zest and juice of 1 lime. Pour into glasses and garnish each one with a reserved strawberry skewered on a cocktail stick and placed across the top of the glass.
Peach and cinnamon smoothie: Blend 1 can (about 400g) peaches in natural juice with 1 tbsp caster sugar, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, and the bananas and yoghurt. Add skimmed milk in place of the orange juice. Sprinkle the top of each smoothie with a little extra cinnamon.
These drinks are completely additive-free, unlike many shop-bought versions.