The Original Super Shake
The Recipe

For optimal mixing, flavour and consistency, follow these steps in order, don’t ad-lib, don’t stray off-piste. This system has been tried and tested and it works.

 

A good blender can make all the difference between a smooth delicious shake and a glass of multi coloured sludge. Our recommendations are linked to below:

Budget: £20-25 Kenwood - We started with one of these and with regular use they'l last about a year before they start to lose power. Nowhere near as powerful, quick or effective as either of the other options, but a great starting point.

Good: £69 Nutribullet - We got one of these shortly after they were released and were blown away by how good they are. It lasted just over three years before it started to slow down. Now significantly more affordable than when they first came out.

Best: £89 Nutri Ninja - We've now got one of these and the versatility is what made us chose it. In addition to making super shakes it purees, chops and does all sorts of other cool stuff (although it doesn't clean itself). For build quality, outstanding performance and sheer versatility this is our current top pick.

You can spend both more or less than those above, but of all the ones we've tried, these three represent the best cost to quality ratios. In addition, whilst each company makes other models, we've found that the extra benefits don't justify the cost or the reduced cost reflects too great a compromise on quality.

 

Step 1: Start with Ice

Use 1-4 cubes for a thinner shake or 5-10 cubes for a thicker, pudding-like shake

Step 2: Pick a Fruit

If you like a thick shake, go with frozen over fresh. Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Apple or Mango

Step 3: Throw in a Veggie

Sprouts. 25-40g should do it and although it may sound strange to put vegetables in a shake, if you use the right ones, you’ll barely taste them. They’re in there to give you the benefit of specific extra nutrients. Spinach or powdered greens, Tenderstem or Steamed Broccoli, Peas, Carrots, Kale (minus stems).

Step 4: Add Protein

40-50g (2 scoops) pea/rice/milk/whey protein, with whey being ideal if possible. Our favourite whey proteins can be bought here (vanilla) or here (strawberry and a multitude of other flavours) on Amazon.

Step 5: Select a Nut

Add 15g/1 tbsp of nuts per shake. Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Macadamias

Step 6: Select a Seed

Add 1 tbsp of seeds per shake. Linseed, Hemp seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds

Step 7: Add liquid

How much depends on how thick or thin you want it. If you have a weak blender, more liquid makes it easier to blend. Coconut or Almond Milk. If you're using one of the 'upside-down' blenders above, put the liquid in first as Step 1, then proceed as normal.

Step 8: Choose Your Topper

This step is optional, but it nicely finishes off any shake. Dark chocolate, ground coffee beans, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla extract

An Example

“Berry Nice to Meet You”

150-250ml Almond Milk (unsweetened)

30-40g strawberry protein powder

50g frozen, mixed berries

25g fresh spinach

1 tbsp pistachios

1 tbsp linseed

Top with dark chocolate