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Smoothies and juices are an ideal way to begin your day or refuel mid-morning, and it’s a rather healthy habit I got into last year that has since stuck. I already owned a blender, but I went out to buy a bit of a fancy juicer so I could have fresh fruit and veg juices now and then. All very well until I had a go and then spent about an hour cleaning the damn thing each time. Needless to say I went back to my trusty blender, though as this also took a fair amount of cleaning I was hoping to come across something a little more suitable.

From what I’ve heard the ‘blender to own’ is the Nutribullet, and don’t get me wrong if one was thrown my way I would certainly make use of it, but at around £100 I couldn’t really justify forking out on one of those. That is when I came across the Breville Blend Active, a cute little green and white compact machine that blends pretty much anything and everything. At a far more reasonable price of £20, you really can’t go wrong. It is literally the easiest bit of foodie tech you can get your hands on and in all honesty now I’ve had a taste of what it can do, I’d be lost without it.

I don’t doubt that it’s not as good as the Nutribullet, but the Blend Active does everything I need it to and more for a fraction of the cost. Plus, it comes with two sports bottles in which you actually blend the ingredients… so it’s just a case of swapping the blade for the bottle lid and you’re good to go. I strongly advise you purchase one of these beauties if you’re looking to give blending a go, or if you’re simply longing for a more effective alternative to the ancient and misbehaving blender you already own.

Today’s smoothie recipe:

1 large handful of blueberries

1 banana

200ml unsweetened almond milk

2tsp honey

2 large handfuls of frozen mango

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