Since acquiring a decent blender, we’ve become complete smoothie converts. We have them for breakfast more often than not. It’s a great way to use our kefir and other healthful ingredients. However, it wasn’t until BRITA asked me if I’d like to make one of their recipes and try out their new water filter jug, that I made a kefir-free smoothie. This dairy free ginger green goddess smoothie turned out to be an utter delight.
Ginger Green Goddess Smoothie
The green goddess smoothie is a super nutrient boost drink which not only uses broccoli florets, but the stalks as well. In fact you could just use the stalks, saving the florets for something like this quinoa bowl with pumpkin and broccoli. Broccoli is a veritable powerhouse when it comes to vitamins, minerals and soluble fibre. It’s particularly high in vitamins K and C as well as folate. It’s said to boost the immune system, be good for heart health and help prevent arthritis and cancer. It also tastes rather good.
Apples not only add sweetness to the smoothie, but they contain lots of beneficial fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants and flavanoids. There’s a lot to be said for the old adage of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. A good sized knob of ginger lifts the whole drink and provides a warming spicy glow. Ginger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory but is also good for soothing the digestion and for alleviating nausea. If you like hot ginger beer, you’ll appreciate this ginger green goddess smoothie. CT thought it was very tasty and asked if we could have it again soon.
BRITA Water Filter
I had a BRITA water filter for many years and used it all the time. It was particularly effective when I lived up country in a hard water area. It removed the mineral scale and stopped my kettle from furring up. After a great deal of use, it eventually broke and I never got around to replacing it. One of the issues I had with it was trying to find counter top space for it to live on. With this new Marella model, this is no longer a problem as its slimline shape means it can sit in the door of the fridge – genius.
The Marella holds 2.4 litres. It has an easy flip-top lid for filling direct from the tap and pours beautifully with no dripping at all. It has a clever electronic memo attached to the lid which reminds you to replace the filter every four weeks. All but the lid are dishwasher safe. I found it very easy to insert the Maztra filter cartridge, but full instructions are given. The pastel green jug I was sent is a limited edition, so if you’re into pastels, you might want to hurry whilst stock last. Having said that, there are a range of colours available including new glitter jugs in silver, gold, blue or black – just in time for Christmas.
I adapted the BRITA recipe from ambassador Liz Earle slightly, as I found it needed more water. It’s a good idea to use filtered water for drinking. The process of filtering using BRITA MAXTRA technology removes much of the limescale, chlorine and heavy metals found in tap water. It also prolongs the life of domestic appliances such as kettles and most importantly it tastes better. I’m lucky enough to live in an area where the tap water tastes pretty good, but even I noticed the difference – that faint trace of chlorine is gone. It’s just perfect for making my kombucha too.
Ginger Green Goddess Smoothie
- 1 large broccoli stalk and a couple of small florets
- 2 apples
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
- 200 ml BRITA filtered water
- Wash the broccoli, apples and ginger.
- Quarter the apples and core, but leave the skin on.
- Remove any tough bits from the broccoli stalk.
- Throw the broccoli, apples and ginger into a power blender and blitz.
- Add the water and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
Other smoothie recipes made with water you might like
- Berry banana smoothie via Munchies and Munchkins
- Carrot, apple and Swiss chard smoothie via Planet Veggie
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