Smoothies are well-known for being super delicious, super nutritious and super simple. However, I've found in the summer months it's often tricky to serve them cold enough - adding ice always seems to run the risk of losing that lovely texture. So I thought I'd take one of my favourite recipes that I came up with a few years ago and have a pop at making ice pops.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any ice lolly moulds (apparently I wasn't the only one with this idea over the weekend) so I improvised with straws, empty passion fruit skins and fun-shaped ice trays. I love this smoothie recipe - the avocado provides a perfect yoghurt substitute as well as extra nutrients, the passion fruit seeds add a bit of crunch and provided you go easy on the mint, you can really taste all four flavours.
mangoes - vitamins a, b6, c and e, carotenoids, polyphenols, folate and fibre
avocados - vitamins b5, c and k monounsaturated fats, magnesium, zinc and fibre
mint - vitamins a and c, calcium, iron, magnesium and fibre
passion fruit - vitamins a and c, potassium, iron and fibre
So the main benefits will be for your eyes, skin, heart, gut health and immune system.
- 1 mango
- 1.5 avocados
- 1 sprig of mint
- 2 passion fruits
- 100ml water
(no slicing and dicing whatsoever)
Place the mango, avocados, mint and water in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Add more water and/or mint depending on preference. Once happy with the consistency, stir in the passion fruits last so that the seeds remain whole. Serve as a smoothie or ice pops using lolly moulds if you have them, or straws and empty passion fruit skins / ice trays if you don't (run under warm water to loosen once frozen).
*** a smoothie can count as two your five-a-day provided it contains 2 x 80g portions of two different whole fruits