I’m not going to post a picture (you know what a smoothie looks like!) or make this a long drawn out post. I just had a smoothie containing a bit of fresh rhubarb from the garden and it was really delicious, so I thought I’d quickly jot down the ingredients.
Soya milk (maybe 2/3 pint?)
a small carrot (I like thick smoothies and carrots work really well to bulk them up and add extra vitamins – probably don’t work in a lower powered blender though)
a sliver of ginger (I’d frozen a box of these to add to smoothies, which works really well. They also grate into food more easily when frozen!)
about 3 frozen plums (I say “about” because they’d been sliced and were kind of lumped together)
1 Tbs flax seeds (optional, for omega 3 goodliness)
A section of rhubarb stick, about 5cm long? Not huge, but the stick was quite fat!
All that got blended up in my high-powered blender and made just over a pint. It was delicious, one of the nicest smoothies I’ve had for a while, not too sweet, not too sharp, a bit creamy from the soya milk and really fruity!
Yup, continuing the trend of terrible titles!
They say Thursday is the new Friday. Is that because you already feel like you’ve done a whole week’s work by the end of the day? After a morning at my regular job, followed by a walk to and from a casual afternoon of work involving 3 hours of traipsing round a library trying to find books to send off to other libraries, I got home in need of nourishing refreshment but with a juice-less refrigerator and no inclination to cook straight away.
Enter the smoothie. In keeping with the frugal theme I am incorporating produce I got for free. There’s one of the apples from earlier in the week, and some rhubarb I picked from my garden earlier in the summer and froze. This does double duty, cooling the drink and adding zing!
Rhubarb, apricot and carrot smoothie
35g chunks of frozen rhubarb
40g dried apricots (un-sulphured)
6g brown flax seeds (brown are cheaper than golden, for no reason I can fathom)
6g sliced root ginger (this does make it quite gingery, you might want to try 3g and take it from there)
50g raw carrot, in chunks
25g apple, quartered and cored – a bit more would have been good, I think
6 ice cubes (100ml water, frozen)
about 350ml water (basically, to make it up to around an imperial pint for the drink in total – 20 fluid ounces, as opposed to 16 fluid ounces in a US pint, if wikipedia is not leading me astray).
Method: blend it until it’s smooth. Pour into glass. Drink!
You may be wondering why I didn’t use one of the bananas I picked up from the market earlier this week. The reason is that I don’t think bananas play very well with rhubarb. Apricots fulfil many of the same functions of sweetening and thickening a smoothie, and they’re a reasonable source of iron, fibre and other good stuff.