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In Which We Spruce Up a Smoothie with Soy…

Kick-start your day with a smoothie...

In today’s harried world where people never have enough time to eat let alone prepare breakfast, smoothies have been a major boon in terms of both taste and nutrition.

Unfortunately, for most urbanites, their morning smoothies are little more than glorified milkshakes made with ice cream (!), coffee (!!!), and even marshmallows!  While some smoothies do involve bananas or some other fruit, the use of full-fat milk, cream, and Lord only knows what other not-so-healthy ingredients lead to smoothies that spoil for a mid-morning sugar crash.

A better choice would be to swap cow’s milk for soy milk.  Considering that soy milk now comes in numerous tasty flavors, it’s certainly a healthier option.  Bananas are also great and the addition of fiber to the drink helps improve one’s digestion.  An Aussie advert I saw in an old issue of Donna Hay Magazine touted the virtues of flaxmeal, but that isn’t so readily available in this part of the world.  Still, oatmeal or psyllium fiber are reasonable substitutes.  Toss in some raw or toasted nuts, and you have yourself a filling bevvie to help get your day off to a good start.

Kickstarter Smoothie

  • 200mL soy milk (ideally, grab a flavored one.  Vanilla or almond are both nice choices.)
  • 2 ripe medium bananas, peeled
  • scant handful of ice cubes
  • 5 -6 macadamia nuts or almonds
  • approximately 2 tablespoons rolled oats or 1 packet psyllium fiber

Put all the ingredients in a blender.  Cover and blitz at max speed for 30 seconds.  Drop the speed a notch and blend an additional 20 seconds.  Pour into a tumbler.  Serve immediately.

Variation:  Seriously chocoholic?  Use chocolate soy milk and add a tablespoon of Nutella.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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