Today, we’re featuring a video of my youngest son, Alex, making an Easy Blueberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie. Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get my kids to eat a few servings of brain boosting fruit at breakfast, plus by adding some Greek yogurt into the smoothie, they get a little extra protein to give them a kickstart in the morning.
Recently, BigKitchen asked me to review the Breville Hemisphere Mini Blender. I have gone through a lot of blenders over the years, and actually have an older Breville blender but stopped using it because it was difficult to clean (the blender body had to be taken apart to clean it), and when it wasn’t assembled properly, everything would leak out, causing a huge mess.
Thankfully, Breville redesigned the body, so this Breville Hemisphere Mini Blender has a one-piece body, so there is no need to take the blender jar and blade apart to wash it, and there is no chance of leaking. Another feature I like about the new Breville blender is the dial that makes it easy to start blending slowly and gradually ramp up the intensity. Although the name of this blender includes the word “Mini,” this is not a small blender – the blender jar has a capacity of 54 ounces and the blender has a 600 watt motor.
I tried using this blender to crush ice, make smoothies and a Watermelon Mint Freeze. Although the blender did well for making smoothies and frozen virgin pina coladas for the kids, it did not crush ice or the frozen watermelon cubes very well, although in all fairness, I’ve had many blenders with the same issue. However, there are some tips and tricks that I tried that resulted in successful smoothies and frozen drinks. In fact, my son is now using this blender for his morning smoothies at college with great results for which I am thankful since that means he’s getting some healthy fruits into his system to start off the day.
Here are a few tips for using the Breville Hemisphere Mini Blender:
- Add liquid items first (juice), then softer/less solid items (fresh fruit), and finally harder items (e.g., ice, frozen fruit)
- Use cut-up pieces of fruit, not whole
- When making frozen drinks, first blend all ingredients except for the ice, then add ice and continue blending until smooth
- Don’t overload with ice – start with less ice then add more if you want
And now, I am excited to announce a generous giveaway from BigKitchen!
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- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen banana slices or one medium banana (cut-up)
- ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup orange juice
- Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
Disclosure: I was provided a Breville Hemisphere Mini Blender for this review. All opinions in this post are my own.