I have a little dirty secret.
I’m a fizzy drink addict. Like full on addiction.
I must drink at least a litre a day. One of my favourite sins is Lilt. The sweet tropical drink is like summer in a bottle, and let’s be honest we need that right now with all this rain.
However, as I was gulping down yet another bottle a friend commented about how bad it was for me, and that there is so much added crap in it. And he was totally right.
This got me thinking about what I could do to make something healthier yet still yummy. This is when I thought why don’t I actually make a carbonated smoothie, and that way I’m getting the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit- Amen!
You will need:
- 400g of pineapple cut into chunks (you can use tinned but make sure there is only 2 ingredients- pineapple and 100% juice)
- 300g grapefruit
- Sparkling/ Carbonated Water
- 2 tbs Fat Free natural yogurt
- 1 tbs Groovy Food Agave Nectar
Groovy Food Agave Nectar is a low calorie, low GI, natural sugar replacement which is also suitable for diabetics. This will help give the sweet taste to the smoothie without the additive crap.
You will also need a smoothie maker. My maker is the Kenwood Smoothie 2Go. You can spend tons on fancy gadgets, but really all you need is something that will blend your fruit. At around £30 with 2 jugs, you just can’t go wrong.
First add the chopped up pineapple and grapefruit chunks into the blender, followed by the yogurt.
Whiz for about 10 seconds and then add the Nectar and whiz for about 15 seconds or until fully smoothed.
Once smoothie, pour to about ¾ of the way in a glass and top up with sparking/ carbonated water for that Lilt experience. Enjoy
Note: Grapefruit is very sour, if you feel you need it sweeter, you can add a bit more yogurt or Nectar, or to keep it sweet but fruity, surprisingly apple (natural and whole) sauce worked wonders.
So much better for you than bottled Lilt, plus you are getting all the nutrients out of the fruit this way too. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is important for vision and skin health, and vitamin C which also helps wound healing.
It may be raining outside, but I’ll still be drinking this while dreaming of lying in paradise...
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