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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Smoothies with Alpro!

A couple of weeks ago Alpro invited me to be a part of their Alpro AM campaign, which is all about starting each morning with a healthy smoothie using their unsweetened almond milk*. This wouldn't usually be something I would take part in because...well,  making a smoothie each day kind of sounds like a huge faff to me. But I really wanted to give it a try because 1.) I really like almond milk and 2.) I had fallen into a really bad habit of not having anything for breakfast! (ahh I know, don't shout at me!)


Almost everything I needed to get started arrived in a very intriguing looking box one morning and I promptly began looking for recipes to get inspired. I have to admit I wasn't very adventurous and I mostly stuck to just using fruits. I wouldn't describe myself as particularly fussy but I am sometimes reluctant to try things even though I'll most likely end up liking them in the end. My favourite combination so far has been strawberry, apple and blueberry and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice carrot and apple tasted. It was insanely bright orange but thankfully the apple stopped the carrot being too overpowering flavour wise.

I'm really surprised by how quickly making a smoothie each morning has become a part of my routine. The Heston Blumenthal Juicer* is really good. It's so simple to use and most importantly, it's easy to clean. Admittedly I do still think gathering all the ingredients together each morning is a little bit of a faff and sometimes I would still much prefer to have that extra 10 minutes in bed, but I feel SO much better and I'm no longer a grumpy monster come mid-morning! Maybe I'll even start being a little more adventurous with the combinations I try...maybe!

Do you like smoothies?
Any favourite recipes I should try?

Love, Jennie
xoxo

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. Alpro very kindly gifted me with the things I needed to get started but I'm not being paid to write this!

58 comments:

  1. I have become SO obsessed with smoothies, Sainsburies sell frozen smoothie packs which help with price costs to!
    I always have mine before bed but I really think that having it in the morning would be loads better!

    Kelly from | Day Dreams & Daisy Chains

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  2. i looove homemade smoothies and am a big fan of adding alpro almond milk :) SO GOOD!

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  3. I haven't tried Almond milk before...but I keep reading that its better for you....may give it a whirl. ;)

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I adore smoothies! My favourite is banana, berries, almond milk, protein powder and some yoghurt :)

    x
    Phoebe
    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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  5. Ooh, I really want to try almond milk - I think I'm behind the times to be honest! xxx

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  6. My mum got a juicer last week and I'm going mad with collecting smoothie, juice and shake recipes to create. I think right now it's more a novelty but I'm going to be ever so grateful for it in summer, when all it takes is the twist of a button to create a refreshing fruit smoothie for the day! The carrot smoothie sounds intriguing, might have a go at that!

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  7. I definitely want to try making a smoothie with this, I tried drinking it on its own and...WAH! Not for me. I bet it tastes yummy with all that fruit. :)

    Tara xo

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  8. i need to start my mornings earlier and healthier too... i hit the snooze button way too many times and run out the door with barely a sip of water most work days! almond milk is amazing, love that this one is unsweetened! :)

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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  9. I normally use a banana, and a couple spoonfuls of oats for my base with almond milk and whatever berries I'm feeling at the time, frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or mango normally. In the summer I have smoothies every day because you just scoop everything in the blender and good to go. I'm not as big a fan of them in the winter though.

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  10. These smoothies look lovely, I have never had almond milk before but I really want to try it!

    Michaela-Leigh xx

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  11. I use almond milk but would have never thought to make a smoothie, think I may try one soon xx

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  12. Since becoming Vegan I use Alpro quite a lot & I love using it in Smoothies, I don't mind the taste & have become quite used to it now. I have a smoothie almost everyday. Its a good way getting your daily dose of fruit.
    What a fun thing to be part of.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk

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  13. Mmm...makes me want to go make smoothie straight away!

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  14. I love almond milk! Those smoothies look yummy! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I love smoothies! This challenge sounds so much fun :) the carrot and apple smoothie sounds interesting, in a good way! I have a smoothie most mornings, I usually prepare my fruit etc the night before so I don't have to faff around in the morning. One of my favourite combos is aplro soya milk, frozen banana (frozen banana makes it really creamy), nut butter and spinach. Sometimes I add tofu for extra protein. Sooo good xx

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    1. Ohh that's a good idea, you're way more organised than me! xo

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  16. Looks great, especially the carrot one! <3

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  17. I have a smoothie for my breakfast every morning! It's so filling and I get 2 of my 5-a-day right at the start of the day. I use normal milk though :) I was going to do a post on it too actually, and now I've read yours I think I will! :) Wendy xx
    Scottish Wendy | Wendy's World

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  18. Not a bad idea! I have a juicer which I love but I can never be bothered to clean the thing! So I get obsessed with it and then ignore it for ages. It doesn't help that I have a housemate who often leaves her things piled up overnight in the sink, so that when I want to use the juicer I can't be bothered to clear out all her stuff to use it.

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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  19. I love smoothies! I'm usually pretty tired in the morning, so I tend to buy pre-made smoothies that I can drink on my way to class or work. The raspberry/blueberry one looks so delicious! I really should start making my own….

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    1. I recommend it if you have some extra time in the mornings <3

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  20. I was eyeing up that juicer recently! I usually save smoothies for post-gym, and chuck in frozen fruit--sometimes blueberries, sometimes mango chunks--whey protein, and a heaped spoonful of greens powder. If I had a juicer I'd probably be more inclined to add veggie juices, but for the moment my tub of greens is rather handy.

    (BTW, try adding cherries and a few drops of almond extract to bump up the almond flavour. Cherry bakewell!)

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    1. Ohh gosh that sounds amazing!! xo

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  21. I love carrot in smoothies! :) Spinach is nice too if you really fancy going wild ;D

    Jess xo

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  22. I've tried Almond milk and it wasn't to my taste, it was far too sweet for me but I absolutely love almonds! I switched to Soya milk not long ago and it's so much creamier and tastier than dairy I find. I never used to eat breakfast but now I go to bed at night dreaming of my 3 wheetabix smothered in golden syrup (not the healthiest haha).

    I'd love to try smoothies more but like you said it's a bit of a fuss of a morning but I really want to give it more of a whirl as I love innocent smoothies and those are very pricey!

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    1. Did you try the unsweetened one? I definitely find the regular one a little sweet too. Innocent smoothies are lovely, perfect little treat every so often <3

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  23. This is so funny because smoothies have been on my mind all week haha! My boyfriend and I made ones last weekend but ventured as far as using simply strawberries and bananas...! Although they didn't taste quite how I would have liked, I really enjoyed the healthy aspect of it xo

    Sophie <3

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  24. That looks so good, I want a smoothie now. -Hanna Lei

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  25. Yum, these smoothies look delicious! I never skip breakfast, but it's definitely not my favourite meal of the day and I could definitely do with a smoothie to get me going! I love almond milk on cereal so imagine it's delicious in a smoothie. I'd love to try green smoothies, they're supposed to be so healthy! xx

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    1. They are, I definitely want to give one a try too!X o

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  26. I always make smoothies with almond milk. My favorite smoothies is with tropical fruits :)

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  27. Yum! I love almond milk too <3 I wish it was warm enough to have a smoothie here every morning, the temps are near freezing ;(

    xx becky / star-violet.com

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    1. It's pretty cold here too, it definitely makes you want to have something slightly warmer for breakfast! xo

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  28. I've been a little sceptical about almond milk! Maybe with a smoothie it'll change my mind! Definitely thinking of giving it a try! I'm really boring when it comes to smoothies as well haha!
    Rachel | VintageDeer

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    1. hehe we just like the simple things ;) xo

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