Last summer I was tasked with creating the visuals for a summer smoothie campaign. It was so much fun and I was more than delighted to consume the drinks when the styling and photography was over. This Mange and Pineapple Smoothie was one of my favourites, along with the Strawberry and Banana Smoothie.
Smoothies often get bad publicity due to their sugar content. I want to bust some myths here.
1. Often the sugar content in smoothies relates to the fructose and the lactose, the fruit sugar and milk sugar, respectfully. If you are buying a smoothie, read the ingredients list to ensure there is no added sugar, which may be in the form of syrups.
2. A small glass, approx. 200ml, of unsweetened juice or smoothie counts as one portion of your 5-a-day. While subsequent glasses may contain some important vitamins and minerals, smoothies and juices are low in fibre, compared to whole fruits which are an excellent source of soluble fibre.
The take home messages are:
– Limit your intake of juices and smoothies to one small glass per day.
– Where possible, make your own smoothies and juices using both fruit and vegetables.
– When buying juices and smoothies, check the labels for added sugar.
Hope you enjoy this homemade, Mango and Pineapple Smoothie.
50g frozen mango
50g frozen pineapple
1/2 ripe banana
100ml milk of choice
1/2 yellow pepper
Juice of 1/2 lime
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Best served immediately.