Breville Blend Active Personal Blender Review & My Favourite Smoothies

Back in August I bought the Breville blend active personal blender and since starting uni I have become obsessed with using this blender. I definitely find it so quick and easy in the morning especially when I'm bleary eyed and falling asleep into my coffee!

I thought for this post I would list my top recipes and uses for this handy blender, as well as my thoughts on it. First I think this little magic system needs a bit of praise, this little bargain only cost me £20 on offer in Asda but normally it only costs £29.50 so it's not particularly braking the bank if your a student compared to other brands where you can put down close to £100 for a very similar system. The box itself only contains the base unit, two 600ml bottles which I love the shape of as they fit perfectly in many different bags and lunchboxes and then the blade lid. 

Now I've been trying to eat better, make better meal choices and try to eat breakfast more often. Note I am not saying diets, I am making the lifestyle choice to eat better and make better choices and yes I do slip up and get cravings, that's all in another post to come! 

This system has been so helpful on mornings where I feel like I just can't stomach any breakfast, I'm the type of person if I'm not definitely gonna eat it, I'm not gonna waste the food by making it especially since I'm always the early worm up before anyone else in my family and even the birds, that my friends is the harsh truth of what 12 weeks of up-before-the-sun placements do to you! 

Now I've had just over a month to play with it, I can now tell you guys what my favourites are to make with it and my little tips and tricks for using it.

My favourite combinations in it are: 

• Strawberries, frozen blackberries, spinach, grapes, cucumber, orange juice, flaxseed and chia seed. 

• Spinach, strawberries, banana, raspberries, plain yoghurt, chia seed and flaxseed. 

• Spinach, grapes, plum, frozen blackberries, cucumber, flaxseed and chia seed. 

• Spinach, peaches, grapes, strawberries, cucumber, tropical juice, flaxseed and chia seed.

• Spinach, mango, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, cucumber, mango juice, flaxseed and chia seed. 

As you can see I always try and put spinach and cucumber into as many smoothies as I can so I at least get 2 portions of veg a day and I personally can't even taste them in the smoothie and I used to be one those children who could never eat veg!

Tricks ~ 
• If you want much more of a creamier smoothie add a banana, same if you are using this to make a pre or post-gym smoothie add a banana which is brill for before/after a workout. 

• If you prefer it more of a juice than a thicker smoothie, just use fruit and veggies with a higher water count: watermelon, cucumber. Note - it's not going to be a juice as this is a blender system, it will simply be a thinner consistency smoothie for those of you who are not keen on thick smoothies.

• Depending on how thick you like your smoothies, depends on what 'bonding agent' you use. Fruit juice, water, yoghurt will all alter the consistency. I also find it key for making the ingredients mix together properly and become more of a smoothie rather than just clumps of fruit. 

• Try frozen fruits instead of ice cubes, it gives you the same refreshing taste without watering down the flavour. 

• If you're trying to be good with your diet like me add in some seeds, I use chia and flaxseed as they give me extra omega 3 and protein as I don't eat a whole lot of fish so I need those omega fishy oils. I actually prefer getting extra protein this way than having a protein shakes, let's just say they're quite an acquired taste and I've yet to find one I love!

I can honestly say I would completely recommend this Breville Personal Blender, I think it's absolutely brilliant and so quick and helpful in the mornings. It's a great price for students or those who don't really want to put down up to £100 on a personal blender and you don't have to be a health nut to have it, it's perfect for the people that don't feel up to eating in the morning or don't have time to have a sit down breakfast but still want all the nutrients from the fruit and veg you put in it. 

Have you guys got any great recipes for these personal blenders? 
P.s. I just found out as I was writing this post I've been accepted for the role of Student Quality Ambassador, I've got to attend a welcome event next month so keep an eye out for that post once I've been!

Danielle Levy

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