There are so many things to love about winter – for me it’s snuggly nights at home, warming winter meals, crisp morning walks, thunderstorms and cuddly cats.
But there’s one thing the season brings that I’m sure we would all rather go without – illness! As soon as the weather gets cooler, colds and flus seem to be everywhere and if you’re anything like me, you begin doing everything possible to avoid coming down with something.
That’s where this super simple, vitamin-packed winter wellness smoothie comes in – it’s the perfect way to support your immunity and help keep those winter sniffles away. The best part? It only takes five minutes.
What makes this recipe great is that you don’t need piles of fresh fruit and veggies to make it – just some banana, tinned pineapple in juice, unsweetened yoghurt and Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant syrup.
It’s the Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant fruit syrup that makes this smoothie such a vitamin-packed winter booster – blackcurrants are naturally loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Plus it’s made with 50% less sugar than regular Barker’s Blackcurrants and has no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours. Basically it has all the goodness, without any extra nasties (and fewer calories!).
I’m going to be honest: I’m not a morning person or much of a smoothie person. But you know what? I absolutely love this recipe – so much that I’ve sacrificed an extra five minutes in bed a few mornings this week to make sure I can whip one up before work.
Once you have a bottle stashed in your fridge you can try all kinds of other quick ideas – like folding 1 Tbsp of fruit syrup through 300g unsweetened yoghurt to enjoy on its own or on top of your favourite cereal for a totally delicious, vitamin-packed morning treat. And remember – you can always check out Barker’s for more winter wellness recipe ideas.
Winter wellness smoothie
Adapted from Vegalicious Recipes
- ¼ cup natural, unsweetened yoghurt
- ¼ medium banana, sliced
- 2 rings pineapple, chopped (canned, in clear juice)
- ¼ cup pineapple juice (drained from can, optional)
- ¼ cup Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrants fruit syrup
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 20-30 second until smooth.
- Pour into a glass. Serve with extra pineapple if desired.
The team at Barker’s have given me a winter wellness prize pack to giveaway to one lucky reader packed with everything you see above – pretty awesome, right?
To enter, simple check out this post on our Facebook page and follow the instructions. You can earn a bonus entry by leaving a comment on this post too – but you need to enter on Facebook first!
This post was made possible thanks to Barker’s. All images and words are my own.