What better way to kick start Spring than finding yourself a new favourite smoothie recipe using the fruits of the season. When the team at KitchenAid sent the new and fancy Kitchenaid Magnetic Drive Blender to play with, we were ready for the challenge.
Experimenting with different ingredients and flavours can be so much fun, and especially when you get to make your smoothie in such a beautiful appliance, with the ease of clicking a single button.
Just adjust the dial depending on what you want to make – this blender has a setting for smoothies, another for milkshakes, sauces, even spreads! Press play on your selection and watch it work it’s magic. Plus, with KitchenAid’s signature retro style, this blender will also make a bold statement in your kitchen.
Key features we enjoyed were how smooth our smoothies turned out (can you say that?!?!). The high power capability of this blender crushes ice, frozen fruits and more oh so easily and quickly. The timers set for icy drinks, smoothies and milkshakes produced the right results, and the lock in frame meant not having to worry about an exploding top as we sometimes got a little excited with the amount of ingredients we added to the jug (whoops!).
On the downside, it’s a little noisy but we’ve come to learn all high powered blenders seem to be (they’re powering through frozen stuff in under a minute after all) so you can forgive this little inconvenience.
Take a look at this video for a little more info on the power of this blender:
First thing you need to know about smoothies is which fruits or vegetables to use as a base, especially since the combinations are endless! You can get inspiration from the 10 vegetables to add to your smoothie by the Kitchenthusiast. Here’s a sample:
- First on the list is capsicum, a wonderful alternative source of vitamin C for experimental smoothie makers;
- Second, you can try green peas as they have a good amount of fibre, iron as well as a range of vitamins and with the deliciously creamy consistency you’ll be full for longer; and
- Third, why not mix things up with broccoli for antioxidants, calcium and dietary fibre
To see more fruit and vegetable suggestions to use in smoothies, read the complete articles here.
Safe to say we were feeling very lean and satisfied after our mega morning of healthy smoothie testing. Here’s what we made, and how we made them:
PRETTY N’ PINK
First up, a half cup blend of fruits like strawberries, raspberries and avocado (because technically, avocado is a fruit) mixed with one cup coconut milk. This delightfully pretty in pink smoothie looked picture perfect in the vibrant red blender.
FRUIT & SPICE
This gorgeous breakfast smoothie idea, combined a vitalising blend of 1/2 cup each frozen mango & banana pieces, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, a small knob fresh ginger, and one cup each orange juice and oat & almond milk (Vitasoy). Bursting with nutrients we all agreed this was a great way to start the day.
GREEN, LEAN AND CLEAN
To get a little green into our day, we tried a light and fresh mix of one whole green apple, small handful mint leaves, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup ice to froth it up, plus a squeeze of lemon for a bit of zing! This was a great wake-me-up smoothie, if you’re steering clear of coffee in the mornings.
SALTED BANANA CHOCOLATE
Words cannot describe the pleasure we got from this smoothie. We mixed 2 cups chocolate flavoured soy milk (Vitasoy), 1/2 frozen banana, 1 sachet cacao powder with chia seeds (Nature’s Way), a heaped tablespoon of peanut butter and 1/2 cup ice. Beautifully blended, this has now become the 3pm pick-me-up around here.
STRAWBERRIES & CREAM
Finally, we got a little fancy with a dash of rosewater, 2 cups almond milk, 4 large strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup greek yoghurt, tsp chia seeds and a dash of vanilla extract. The result? A beautiful creamy mix with subtle sweet and tangy flavours.
Our advice when it come to smoothies; don’t be afraid to try flavour combinations that you think might not work. Some of the flavours you end up with are incredible and they keep things interesting don’t you think? They are also a great way to use up leftover fruit and vegetables.
You never know what could be your next smoothie recipe discovery hit, and with a machine like the KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender, you really can’t go wrong.
Happy cooking and smoothie making!
*DISCLAIMER: The myfoodbook team was supplied with a KitchenAid Magnetic Blender for independent trial and review. KitchenAid is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All recipe ideas and opinions are our own. For further information on KitchenAid Magnetic Blender, visit the KitchenAid website.