How to make the best smoothies

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Hello, Smoothie Morning!

It’s safe to say, we are pretty obsessed with beverages here at the hello Sunday Morning headquarters. Our product manager regularly gulps down red Powerade, our general manager’s greatest hope is to never discover the health effects of Diet Coke, and our content team will not leave home without a portable smoothie of colourful goodness.

Smoothies are the new cocktails, and with everyone owning some form of blender or bullet these days, you can really shake things up.

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We have put together a few of our favourite recipes, all vegan-friendly, to do our bit for the planet. For added protein after a workout, or to keep you full for longer, try adding a spoonful of pea or prana protein.

How to make Hello Sunday Morning’s favourite smoothies

Guilt-free Salted Caramel

1x large frozen banana

Nut milk of your choice (almond, cashew, coconut)

2x dates (keep soaked in water overnight so they’re easier to blend)

Pinch of sea salt

Dash of maple syrup (for the sweet-toothed)

Cocoa nibs to serve on top

Espresso Your Feelings

1x large frozen banana

Nut milk of your choice

1x shot of espresso

1 teaspoon of coconut sugar (low GI)

Avocardio Workout

Half an avocado

Coconut water or Bickford’s ‘Cloudy Apple Juice’

Fresh pineapple

Handful of kale

I’m berry well, thank you

Large handful of frozen or fresh berries of your choice

Pinch of coconut sugar

Nut milk of your choice

Vanilla protein powder

2x tablespoons of coconut yoghurt

Smooth Operator

2x tablespoons of granola

2x soaked dates

1x large frozen banana or mango

Nut milk of your choice

Sprinkle of maca powder

Not into smoothies as much as us?

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We asked Hello Sunday Morning’s community what their favourite go-to drink was, and compiled an excellent list.

Try these non-alcoholic drinks if you’re after ideas for ordering drinks out, hosting an event, or just want to wind down one afternoon with a refreshing beverage.

  • Cranberry juice, blood orange juice, lime, soda, and fruit pieces.
  • Quarter of a glass of apple juice, fill up the rest with Indian tonic water, throw in a couple of mint leaves
  • Soda, lime, and bitters
  • Soda water, a spoon of maple syrup, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of cayenne
  • Lemonade, pineapple juice and a splash of lime cordial
  • Ginger beer, ice and lots of mint leaves

How to host a dinner party

Dinner is about far more than sustenance. Birthdays, work meetings and first dates; our most important moments in life occur over dinner. In fact, the ritual of mealtime can be truly nourishing and meaningful.

So just what are the key ‘ingredients’ to hosting the best dinner party around town? We’ve got the recipe.

Step 1: Plan it in advance

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It is crucial to plan. But unless you are planning a wedding, this needn’t be a monster of a task to plan months in advance. How many people, how much food, what kind of food, location, budget and so on. Plan to know what’s coming up.

Step 2: The basics

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When

When will you be hosting this dinner party? Ask a few prospective guests and make sure there are no big events or birthdays around then.

Where

Do you have enough space at your place? Or can you hold it inside or outside? What will the weather be like?

There are no textbook answers to these questions. Some like to host parties in smaller spaces that feel cosy, occupied and busy. Decide what you prefer and what options are available for you.

Who

Now, consider your invitees. You want a good number of people cosying around your dining table. You will want to consider whether they will all get along. Consider no-shows and plus-ones.

The food

Now for the exciting bit! What enticing delicacies will you serve up? Key thing to remember here is that you don’t want to be too busy cooking on the night, so consider dishes that you can make in advanceAnd a useful tip: avoid crazy dishes that you have never made before. This could very well equal disaster and a last minute run to the local takeaway. Know that complicated dishes are not necessarily more impressive than simple meals made with good ingredients and a whole lot of love!

Have you thought about dietary requirements? You’ll need to factor these things into your food set list too. As a fail safe, maybe try to have a vegetarian/vegan alternative in case there are any guerilla herbivores in the mix.

You can even look into recipes suggested specifically for dinner parties.

Step 3: The big day

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On the night

One of the most difficult things to do: relax and have fun.

Even though (inevitably) you’ll have half your mind on your schedule and other hosting duties, try to be present and savour everything going on around you. While it may seem that your duty is to feed your guests, in reality it is for you to spend time with them. Don’t start to clean up mid-event; you can get to it later, and hopefully with a bit of help!  

Don’t stress

Despite all your wonderful planning, expect things to go wrong at the last minute. Learn to adapt. That’s part of the fun! Self-professed “maniacal-perfectionist” and homemaker extraordinaire Martha Stewart says wisely, “So, the pie isn’t perfect? Cut it into wedges.” Stay in control and never panic.  

Try to expect the unexpected. The first guest will arrive early. You’ll encounter an unexpected dietary requirement. Children will make a mess. These things happen! But if you’re well prepared, you’ll still be able to kick back and have a blast while you’re at it being an excellent host.

Quoting, again for her dinner-party savvy, ol’ Martha Stew, “there is no single recipe for success. But there is one essential ingredient: passion.” Just add the final garnishing touches, and voilà: you’re hosting a dinner party!

Pip Reed’s Bounty Smoothie

Bounty Smoothie by Pip Reed, Nutritionist and NuZest Australia Ambassador

Ingredients:
Coconut water (250ml)
Chocolate NuZest Clean Lean Protein (1 serving)
Coconut flakes (2 tablespoons)
Raw Cacao (1-2 teaspoons)
Chia seeds (2 tablespoons)
Sunflower seeds (2 Tablespoons)
Himalayan sea salt (a pinch)
Cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon)
Ice

Method:
Blend together until creamy

Tip – You can also put your smoothie in icey-pole containers, put them in the freezer and make paddle pops out of them!

T Totaler’s Play on The Cucumber Sandwich

T Totaler’s Pressed Cucumber + Watercress juice – a play on the cucumber sandwich

Ingredients:
Cucumbers (1.5)
Green Apples (1.5)
Watercress (1/4 of a bunch)
Ginger (1 tsp)
Lime (1/4)
T Totalers’ Immune boost blend (2 tsp)

Method:
Cold press all fruit and vegetables together.
Infuse 2 teaspoons of our Immune Boost blend for two hours (or until cold) in hot filtered water.
Add a shot of the Immune Boost infusion to the cold pressed greens.
Garnish with watercress.

Our Cucumber + Watercress drink is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and is a great green drink to keep you healthy and hydrated.

T Totalers’ Immune boost blend include Echinacea Olive leaf, Rosehip, Calendula and Aniseed myrtle.

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Bondi Wholefood’s Piña Colada Smoothie

Bondi Wholefood’s Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:
Frozen Pineapple (2 slices)
Pineapple Juice (approx. 250ml)
Fresh Mint (leaves off one stem of mint)
Coconut Milk (approx.75ml)
Lime (1/2 lime)
Chia Seeds (1-2 teaspoons)
Dr Mecola Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (one scoop, approx. 30 grams)

Method:
Put all ingredients into a blender and combine until smooth. Feel free to adjust quantities according to personal tastes. Adding more seeds will make the smoothie thicker.

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