Freshly blended smoothies with fruits and vegetables can be the perfect start to your day at breakfast or a ‘pick me up’ later in the day when the body needs to re-energise. More so in this warm weather when the body craves for something chilled, yet filling. Packed with nutrients in the form of fruits and vegetables and other ingredients, smoothies need not just be healthy but can be a treat for the taste buds too. Ingredients can be chosen wisely to enhance the flavours of a smoothie. Honey can be added to smoothies for that extra sweetness, along with the customary yoghurt. Chia seeds and nuts add the requisite crunch. Several restaurants and juice bars in Mumbai offer abundant smoothie options for every palate as people prefer to make healthy choices.
Vegetable Smoothie at It Happened in New York, Bandra
This vegetable smoothie, made with seasonal mixed vegetables is a great way to get your greens in a glass if a full meal is something you do not fancy in summer. Power packed, this smoothie not only fuels the body but can easily be a meal replacement and sees you through the day.
Mango and coconut smoothie at Lord of the Drinks, Andheri West
There is nothing more refreshing than a chilled, light and fruity smoothie. This one can be sipped any time of the day instead of a juice to rejuvenate instantly. The flavour profile owing to the inclusion of mangoes makes this smoothie delectable and being light, it is easy to digest.
Breakfast Smoothie at Poetry by Love and Cheesecake, Bandra
This thick and creamy smoothie helps you kick start your day, providing you with all the essential nutrients your body needs. Health apart, this luscious smoothie laden with great ingredients is delicious to boot.
Rasmalai Smoothie at Café Coffee Day, Prabhadevi
Sprinkled with almonds and crowned with a rasagulla, this smoothie with rasmalai meshed into the smoothie, is like a rich and creamy indulgence in a glass. One can gulp down a glass of this and safely skip a dessert.
Feel good smoothie at Kitchen Garden by Suzette, Bandra
Blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds, banana and low-fat Greek yoghurt combine to make this colourful and appetising smoothie the perfect choice to boost your protein intake. The fruits impart the natural sweetness while the yoghurt lends itself to a creamy texture.
Stress Buster Smoothie at Smoke House Deli, Lower Parel
There can be no better way to invigorate yourself than with a glass of a smoothie made with fresh banana, fig, yoghurt and ashwagandha. The fruits give a satiety value and sweetness while the ashwagandha with its medicinal properties boosts overall health.
Blueberry smoothie at Butters, Fort
This smoothie is not only alluring to look at because of its unusual colour, but also delicious as it is packed with the goodness of fruits and yoghurt. The slightly tangy flavour is what makes this smoothie stand out.
Green detox smoothie at Birdsong-The organic café at Bandra
Leafy greens, banana, chia and apple make this smoothie unique and healthy. One of the easiest ways to fit in some extra leafy greens is to blend these with fruit and sip your way to good health as it breaks the monotony and enhances the texture. Be adventurous and try this smoothie and your body will thank you for this nutrient-packed beverage, which boosts your metabolism too.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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