I’ve already been sick with a bad cold this winter and now have a cold sore indicating that my immunity is at an all-time low. I’m also not very good at maintaining a balanced fruit and veg intake either (naughty, naughty) but the only way I can seem to do it is by drinking smoothies. I’ve therefore received the new Breville Boss to Go Plus at a very handy time of the year!
I’m one of those strange people that will eat more fruit if it’s prepared a certain way. For example, if a watermelon is in the fridge, I won’t just go and cut a piece off to eat it. But if it’s cut into cubes, I will. The same with an apple. I prefer eating an apple when it’s cut up. I love fruit salads because of the fact they’re all cut up into nice little pieces.
The same goes with smoothies, it feels really good to know that I’m drinking something really tasty that’s packed full of goodness. If you were to separate all the ingredients, I just wouldn’t eat them all on their own. I guess it’s a cheats way to boosting my immune system.
So when I was able to review the new Breville Boss to Go, you can just imagine how glad I was that’d I’d have something to make my immune boosting so much easier given how picky (and lazy) I am.
So what are some great immune boosting foods you can add to a smoothie?
Protein – helps nourish your immune system, repair the body and assist recovery –
Berries – Rich in vitamin C and polyphenols that help promote healthy tissues and organs.
Yoghurt – live active cultures keep the gut and intestinal tract free of bacteria and germs
Oats – contain beta-glucan, a fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities
Green tea – The amino acid L-theanine is abundant in black and green tea
Ginger – has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage.
Manuka honey – Antibacterial to help fight virus and bacteria.
Baby spinach – Spinach is full of Vitamin C and rich in folic acid, which helps repair cells.
Orange – packed full of Vitamin C
Cinnamon – it’s antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal
I put the Breville Boss to Go to the test with a really yummy Spiced Banana Smoothie. Here’s the recipe.
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 banana (I used a frozen banana)
- ¼ inch fresh ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Blend all the ingredients in the Breville Boss to Go until smooth.
And voila! This smoothie is absolutely delicious and has so many health benefits.
So besides making delicious smoothies, how did the Breville Boss to Go Plus perform?
Well, I’m lucky to have a popular competitor machine to compare the Breville Boss to Go Plus against and I am extremely impressed with the performance of the Breville.
The Breville Boss to Go is a surprisingly powerful machine and whips up a smoothie in under 10 seconds with absolutely no lumps, even when placing a whole frozen banana in it or ingredients like nuts or frozen berries. There’s nothing worse than drinking a smoothie, especially with a straw, and getting a gigantic chunk stuck or in your mouth or stuck in the straw. Now that’s not a ‘smoothie’, is it?
In terms of the consistency of the smoothies, the Breville Boss to Go certainly exceeds its competitor for being able to really refine the texture to an extremely smooth consistency. This is great for kids too.
The other thing I love is the number of tumblers it comes with and the great lids so you can drink your smoothie on the go. I can definitely see myself taking my smoothie along with me for kindy drop offs, especially when baby number two comes and I’m juggling two kids!
The other thing I tried was the grinding function using the stainless steel grinding container. Wow! Again, with little effort, the Breville Boss to Go can instantly turn almonds into almond meal!
But one of my absolute favourite parts of the Breville Boss to Go is the fact that the blade assembly DOES NOT have a seal. The competitor machine I have does and it’s an absolute pain in the bum to keep clean.
So there you have it, my immunity boosting smoothie ideas and Breville Boss to Go Plus review. Such a great way for lazy fruit and veg eaters like me (and my son) to keep healthy!
Are you a smoothie fan? How do you make yours and what’s your favourite smoothie ingredient?
Disclosure: I was kindly gifted a Breville Boss to Go Plus in return for an honest review. You can read my disclosure policy here.