Words by Abiola Lawal
Build Your Own Smoothie by Michelle Keogh is a colourful collection of over 60,000 smoothie combinations! I didn’t even realise there were so many until I received a copy of this new book in the post. The handy flip chart outlines the top tips to make a perfect smoothie and also offers helpful guidelines on storing your smoothie so that you can make batches if you’re on the go in the morning or fancy a quick lunch/dinner fix. Smoothies also make great snacks. A great tip I found was freezing your different liquids, I found freezing flavoured tea into ice cubes and then adding them to my smoothie concoction gave a great taste, I also did this with coconut water.
This recipe book also suggested so many different base ingredients you can combine to make a delicious smoothie. Some are the usual banana and berries but other combinations you may never have even considered, like carrot, date, and cinnamon or mango, ginger, and turmeric. I had great fun combining a variety of flavours to make nutritious smoothies and this book encouraged me to be more daring and create something very out of the box like lemon and ginger tea (frozen) blended with spinach, mint and honey. Mmmm that was tasty.
The book also suggests different ‘boosts’ that you can add to your smoothies not only for taste but also added health benefits.
The layout of the book is really easy to use and I enjoyed how it was split into 3 sections; boosts, base and liquid. Another helpful element is that each ingredient suggestion comes with a useful tip and allergy guidance. This book encouraged me to increase my 5 a day and also aided me into having a much healthier breakfast.
Pictures show me making a vanilla yogurt, banana, honey and mint smoothie, Keogh’s recipes also suggested the use of chocolate bars which was fun and a bit naughty which I enjoyed. Health conscious but still fun for all the family, friends, neighbours and whomever else you’d like to whizz up a smoothie for. Go on get the book and throw a smoothie party.
The book is available to buy from all major online bookstores.