Anything that encourages families – and children in particular – to eat more healthily can only be good news. With that in mind, I’m proud to be part of Beko’s #EatLikeAPro campaign.
To help me try out more healthy and tasty recipes, Beko sent me its brand new Vacuum Blender. I also received a range of quick and easy recipes that can be made with it.
These recipes have been created in partnership with Beko’s partner FC Barcelona, and the club’s personal nutritionist.
First things first though, let’s have a look at the blender itself. It has some great features including a large-capacity jug which removes all air before blending. This reduces oxidisation which results in richer colours.
This, of course, means that there’s more goodness in them. Indeed, independent research has found that juices made with the Beko Vacuum Blender retained antioxidants, Vitamin C, fibre and Vitamin E for longer.
It was easy to set up. As with any new food appliance, a quick wash is recommended. I particularly liked the fact that the blade can be removed from the bottom of the jug for this purpose. Other blenders I’ve used have been a bit of a faff, but there were no such problems here.
It was easy to use too. Thanks to its 1000w motor, variable speed settings and stainless steel blades, it made light work of everything I put in it – this included cashew nuts and ice cubes.
There are also buttons for set functions – namely smoothie, ice, sauce and auto-clean. This made the entire process fuss-free.
The pulse function, meanwhile, can be used to give a smoothie a quick burst of power.
So what of the recipes? Among others, we tried Spinach Apple Smoothie, Carrot Cake Smoothie and Berry Blast Smoothie.
I love fresh fruit and vegetables but have to admit that I was a little unsure about combining them in drinks!
I know it’s an odd thing for someone in their late 30s to be funny about, but I didn’t fancy drinking something green. But guess what? The Spinach Apple Smoothie was by far my favourite!
The kids’ favourite so far is the Berry Blast Smoothie, but they also enjoyed the Carrot Cake one. Next on the list is the Coconut, Banana and Cocoa Milkshake – I know they’re going to love that one!
The recipes we’ve made have been nice and straightforward – as well as delicious and good for us – and this is thanks in no small part to the Vacuum Blender. It has made making smoothies, sauces and the like a doddle.
The Beko Vacuum Blender has an RRP of £199.99.
Disclosure: I received a Beko Vacuum Blender to review and keep.