When I was younger I would easily lie in the sun next to the pool for hours to acquire that golden brown 80’s tan. It was the ‘in thing’ then. As I got older my tolerance for the heat and lack of time made it very difficult to just lie in the sun. I still enjoy maybe an hour or so by the pool, but I prefer to catch a good swim and watch the kids splash around rather than just tanning. I don’t have that patience anymore and my mind starts running with all the things I have to do.
Time seems to be a luxury today! There’s something about getting older that distorts your perception of time. I just can’t seem to do as much today as I did ten years ago or maybe there is just so much more I want to do all at once, if that makes sense.
Anyway, it has been so hot here that most of the holiday season was spent next to the water. Even my dog Chocolate who always runs away from getting dunked into the pool, didn’t seem to mind the occasional dip.
So while enjoying the invigorating sunshine and refreshing sparkling water the ideas were going in my head…
Smoothies, water, camera, berries, ice, glass and eventually I came up with this inviting berry smoothie. I was also inspired by one of the TASTE magazine issues recently and have been dying to try the whole blue and pink combination.
Hopefully the photos say “I want to it now!”
Berries are one of my favourite fruits and they are super healthy too. As we are all watching our health at this time of the year, I thought this would be the perfect inspiration. Did you know the smoothie was invented way back in the 60’s? ‘The Story of Smoothie King‘ tells all about how the smoothie came about.
Here are some nutritional facts about berries:
- Low in Cholesterol, Saturated Fat and Sodium
- Good source of Vitamin K and C
- Source of the minerals Magnesium and manganese
- High on Dietary Fibre
Chunky Berry Medley Smoothie
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup of mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries)
- 1/2 cup fresh cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Toss the ice cream, cream, vanilla and milk into a blender.
- Blend for about 30 seconds.
- Add the berries and blend for another 30 seconds. Do not blend for too long as you still want some chunky pieces of berry.
- Place this into the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from freezer just before you are ready to serve.
- Add a few mixed berries for decoration.
Variations and Tips
Use diet ice cream for fewer calories.
Use strawberry ice cream for a stronger flavour.
Muesli can also be added for a breakfast or mid morning snack treat.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 2