As I was saying at the weekend, last week I had the pleasure of a full on head cold. It was not pretty! One thing that did help was consuming a load of healthy foods including chilli. I love to eat chilli when I feel bunged up, it’s an excellent way to decongest more naturally. I would have usually made my cold busting smoothie, but with only a handful of ingredients available, I made a new version which I think I might like even like better! Whether you need an immune boost or not, this smoothie is truly delicious. It would also be a great metabolism booster due to the action of the chilli.
Making the smoothie was a great opportunity to put my favourite new kitchen tool to use, the Froothie. Now I thought nothing would be able to come between me and my Vitamix but I was wrong.
Froothie is an Australian company who are currently launching in Europe and are bringing their professional blenders to the UK. Similar to a Vitamix, the Froothie has some distinct advantages:
I also love that the Froothie Optimum 9400 container can be used for dry and wet blending and is BPA free. It also retails for a more affordable price than either the Vitamix or Blendtec. Having used my Vitamix for a while, I can honestly say I was shocked at how well the Froothie works in comparison, especially given it’s cheaper cost. I’m a total convert!
I use my blender pretty much everyday, it’s my number one kitchen tool and makes eating healthily a lot easier. It’s also really easy to experiment with different recipes when you have some tech like this. The Froothie comes with a tamper, spatula and even it’s own nut milk bag. The fact that you can also dry blend in the same container is awesome. The range of recipes you can make include smoothies, soups, dips, sauces, nut milk, instant froyo or ice cream, flours etc. Take a look at the Froothie site for loads more ideas. I’ve tried using cheaper blenders and had them burn out on me, so if you can afford the initial outlay, it really is worth getting one as it will last you a very long time indeed!
Back to the recipe, I used frozen strawberries in this, but fresh would work just as well (my frozen strawberries where stuck in a big clump but the Froothie pulverised them very quick!) Also feel free to use whatever milk you prefer in place of the almond milk.
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- 1 small piece of fresh ginger
- 1/4 - 1/2 red chilli deseeded (depending on how hot you like it)
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Stevia or honey to sweeten to taste if required
- Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately!
- If you don't have fresh chilli try a pinch of cayenne or some chilli flakes.
The Froothie is currently available for £329, much less than other similar blenders which retail at over £450! Wholeheartedly Healthy readers can also get an additional 2 years warranty using the code ’Special Ambassador Offer’. You can get your Froothie in black, white, silver and red. If you order you can expect your Froothie delivery in 24 – 48 hours. For more info check out Froothie TV to see the blender in action and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
Have you tried chilli in a smoothie? How about chilli with chocolate? Would you be tempted to invest in a Froothie?
*Please note I was provided with a Froothie Optimum 9400 as part of my role as brand ambassador and this post contains affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase via one of these links I will receive a small commission. Thanks for your support!