Green ones, purple ones, red ones, orange ones, brownish-ones when you put too many ad-hock ingredients together… But I’ve been stuck in a bit of an ingredient rut – a smoothie flavour standstill, if you will.
I arrived home a few weeks ago however, to find a gift box on my doorstep, and with it a lovely note from Ruth of Love Your Blender. Inside were five superfood, nut and seed sachets – all gluten free and dairy free, ready to be blended with fresh fruit and veg.
Within five minutes I had whipped up my first creation using the Super Berry sachet and was in love – think antioxidant berry heaven with goji, camu camu and acai, plus whole chia seeds, hemp seeds and brazil nuts. Throughout the week I tried Bright Greens, Spicy Cacao and Sweet Lucuma and I’m convinced they got better each time.
My personal favourite however – had to be Cherry Rose. With acerola cherry (don’t worry fellow low-FODMAPPERS only a small amount), vanilla pod, rose petals, seabuckthorn and whole hemp seeds, it was delicious.
Each sachet comes with a recipe list and Love Your Blender suggest blending the ingredients with 200g cherries or an apple and some almond milk (which I imagine is delicious) – but to keep things FODMAP-friendly, I went for banana, strawberries, pineapple and a little rice milk.
One sachet goes a long way and I blended with enough ingredients to make two servings. I can’t describe how fast both were drunk – it tasted amazing! What I love about these sachets is that you get so much flavour from a simple combination and small amount of ‘superfoods’, nuts and seeds, without having to add your kitchen sink in fruits and veg, which can often mess up sensitive tummies. A lot of ‘superfood’ ingredients haven’t been tested for their FODMAP status however, so do try depending on your own tolerances and where you are in the diet.
Thanks to Ruth I’ve been experimenting with my morning smoothies ever since. So this week, why not do the same. Step away from your usual fruit and veg combinations and get out of that flavour standstill! You might find a new favourite.
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- 100g strawberries
- 50g pineapple
- 240ml rice milk or other lactose- or dairy-free milk of choice
- 1 Love Your Blender Cherry Rose sachet
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and empty the sachet on top.
- Whizz up and taste. Add some more milk if you like your smoothies thinner in consistency.
- Pour in a glass and drink immediately.