3 Healthy Smoothie Recipes That Taste So Good They Could Be Dessert

Healthy and delicious? Yes, please!

Amy Hopkins |

The easiest way to boost your health and get all those nutrients first thing in the morning: make veggie smoothies using McCain frozen vegetables, just like Takkies.

Healthy and delicious? Yes, please! These smoothies will also keep you energised, boost your immune system and help you recover post-sweat-sesh!

Meet Takkies

Takkies is a busy mom, business owner, influencer and brand ambassador. How does she stay on top of her health and make sure she gets in all the nutrients she needs? By getting her veggies in first thing in the morning with a healthy vegetable smoothie. To make life easier, she always has McCain frozen veg on hand.

Make your smoothies work for you

The ideal smoothie recipes combine a mix of nutrients, vitamins, protein, fibre, hydration and deliciousness. If you only use fruit, your sugar intake will be too high, so we always recommend making your smoothies work harder for you by adding vegetables.

Beta-carotene for the win

A really easy veggie to add is carrots. We know about the health benefits of carrot juice, so why not try adding carrots to your smoothies? The one we were all told as kids? That carrots improve eyesight! It’s true. Carrots – and other orange-coloured veggies, like pumpkin – contain beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which we need for healthy skin, eyes and immune systems. Carrots and pumpkin are also high in good-for-you fibre, which helps with digestion, plus they’re naturally low in sodium.

Why are McCain frozen veggies so great?

  • Top-quality farm-fresh ingredients are prepped and immediately frozen, locking in all those essential nutrients. Super nutritious!
  • There’s zero waste as you only use what you need (and put the rest back for later).
  • The vegetables are easy to portion out as they’re available in chunks.

Spicy immune-booster smoothie

  • 1/2 cup McCain Pumpkin Chunks (steamed for 2 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup McCain Baby Carrots (steamed for 2 minutes)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free plain yoghurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2/3 cup water

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.

Top tip: adding some spices to your smoothies means extra flavour and nutrients! Turmeric is a great natural anti-inflammatory!

Energiser smoothie

  • 2/3 cup McCain Sweet Potatoes (steamed for 2 minutes)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free plain yoghurt
  • 200ml orange juice

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.

Top tip: This mix of protein (from the yoghurt and chia seeds) and carbs (from the McCain Sweet Potatoes) is guaranteed to keep you energised to take on the day. Eating a combination of protein and carbs at breakfast time will make sure you feel fuller for longer. Plus, the orange juice contains vitamin C, which will boost your immune system.

Sweet butternut love smoothie

  • 1/2 cup McCain Mashed Butternut (steamed for 2 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.

Top tip: Butternut contains vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, manganese and more potassium than a banana. This combo makes this smoothie the perfect post-workout meal! Plus there’s protein from the almond milk and chia seeds to aid with muscle recovery.

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