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5 Delicious Homemade Smoothie Recipes

Homemade Smoothie Recipes

Looking for a quick, delicious way to start your day? Check out these homemade smoothie recipes. Each smoothie is packed with flavour and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes for the ultimate convenient snack. Some are even healthy enough to have for breakfast! All you’ll need is a blender and a glass or bottle.

Take a look at our top homemade smoothie recipes:

1. 2-Minute Breakfast Smoothie

Let’s start with a super-quick option – the 2-minute breakfast smoothie. If you’re always on the last minute, this smoothie is an easy option for a speedy breakfast. Using simple store-cupboard ingredients, this recipe is healthy and wholesome. It’s a great way to use up leftover fruit and milk from last week’s shop – so you’re doing your bit to reduce your household food waste, too.

2. Green Superfood Smoothie

For a serious health-kick, try this nutritious smoothie. It’s packed full of fruit and veg, giving it a bright green shade that screams superfoods. With a 3:1 fruit to spinach ratio, this smoothie is a great way to introduce veggies into your smoothies, as the sweet fruit tempers the bitterness of the spinach. To chill your smoothie, use frozen bananas, mango, or spinach – or add a couple of ice cubes to your glass.

3. Mango Lassi

If you’ve never had mango lassi before, you’re seriously missing out. A popular drink in many South Asian countries, this yoghurt-based smoothie pairs perfectly with a spicy curry – as a drink or a dessert. You’ll only need 4 ingredients (plus an optional dash of cinnamon for a spiced accent) – mango, yoghurt, milk and sugar. It’s not the healthiest smoothie in this list, but it’s certainly one of the most delicious.

4. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

For a twist on your typical fruity smoothies, this matcha green tea flavoured drink is a great one to try. The caffeinated matcha green tea powder will give your morning a kick, while the fruit and veg base adds heaps of nutrition. Calling for coconut milk in place of dairy milk or yoghurt, this recipe is also vegan-friendly. Freeze your bananas before blending for a chilled treat!

5. Marbled Freezer Smoothie

This recipe calls for a variety of fresh and frozen fruits, but it’s well worth the effort. Blend up your green smoothie first, then pour it into a glass so it’s half full. Rinse out the blender and whip up the pink smoothie – fill up the glass and voila! A delicious, nutritious, two-tone smoothie. Stir it up gently for more of a marble effect.

If you want to take your smoothies to work (or send them off to school with the kids), you can bottle them up in one of our fab juice bottles. With glass and plastic varieties available, each bottle is ergonomically designed for storing cool fresh drinks – so they’re perfect for your homemade smoothies.

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How To Sterilise Glass Bottles

how to sterilise glass bottles

Knowing how to sterilise glass bottles is important for anyone in the business of selling food and drink. As well as getting the glass clean of any dirt or residue that could be leftover from warehousing or transportation, the sterilisation process also kills off any nasty bacteria that would not usually be removed by just giving the glass a quick rinse in water.

Why Is Sterilising So Important?

You must sterilise your glass before use in consumer products for the following reasons:

  • Customer safety. If your glass is not sterilised properly, there could be some nasty germs lingering inside that could make your customers ill when they eat your product.
  • Product integrity. Some types of food or drink could react negatively with any bacteria that has been left on your glass packaging, therefore causing the taste or texture of your products to change.
  • Increases shelf life. By removing the germs and bacteria from your glass bottles and jars, you are increasing the amount of time that your product can be stored and safe to eat.

So how can you sterilise glass at home?

How To Sterilise Glass Bottles: Step By Step

This short guide is perfect for home bakers or small food producers to follow, however if you are a large producer, then it is more efficient for you to use large machines that are specifically designed to sterilise on a mass scale.

Step 1

First of all, you need to take your glass bottles and wash them throughly with hot, soapy water. DO NOT dry them with a tea towel.

Step 2

Next, you need to heat your oven to 140 degrees celsius or higher, place a sheet of baking paper on a middle shelf, then lay your glass bottles and *lids on it. Make sure that they are not touching each other, then leave to bake for 20 minutes until they are dry.

*Do not bake any lids that have rubber seals in the oven, as they will melt or lose shape. Instead, you will need to boil them in hot water and leave to dry in a rack.

Step 3

Take your glass out from the oven and leave to cool. Do not attempt to fill your bottles when they are still hot, as adding cold liquids to hot glass can cause the glass to crack. Once your bottles are cool, you are then free to fill with them with whatever wonderful drinks you so desire!

It’s that easy.

Great Value Glass Bottles For Juice, Smoothies, Water, Beer & Wine!

Whether you’re a small manufacturer or a a giant global conglomerate, our tiered pricing structure means that you always get the best price for the amount of units that you order. Wine, beer, juice, milk… we’ve got all your drinks packaging needs covered. Check out a few of our favourites!

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For Wine: 187ml Green Glass Bordeaux Bottle & Silver Screw Cap

  • 43p each or less when you buy in bulk!

For Beer: 500ml Clear Glass Beer Bottle & Gold Crown Cap

  • 34p each or less when you buy in bulk!

For Smoothies250ml ‘Costalata’ Swing Top Glass Bottle

  • £2.43 or less when you buy in bulk!

For Juice: 250ml Glass Farmers Juice Bottle & Gold Twist Cap

  • 33p each or less when you buy in bulk!
Liked our guide on how to sterilise glass bottles? Then we think that you’d also like our discussion as to why glass packaging is making a comeback in Europe.
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Glass Packaging In Europe: The Comeback

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Glass packaging in Europe is on the rise! This is surely down to consumers waking up to the fact that plastic waste is causing damage to our environment, especially our oceans and costal areas, where tonnes and tonnes of plastic packaging is washing up on shores and injuring animals that live in that environment. Glass offers a more environmentally friendly alternative to many brands who have long been using plastic, as it does offer the similar properties of strength and durability whilst also providing a more luxurious feel in hand.

Making the switch to glass from plastic can be a big decision for businesses, as glass is more expensive, meaning that the additional costs may need to be absorbed by the business or passed onto the customers. However there is the strong possibility, based on figures coming from businesses that have made the switch, that your sales will grow due to new eco-conscious consumers switching to your brand!

The Trends

This statement isn’t just based on a feeling, we’ve got cold hard facts to back it up…

Did You Know?

  • The largest home deliverer of milk in the UK, Milk & More, have seen 15,000 new customers since the start of 2018, of which 90% are ordering milk in glass bottles. The BBC spoke to 20 milk delivery businesses and 17 of those said that they have seen an increase in sales for milk in glass bottles this year;
  • A survey carried out in 2016 found that 1 in 2 Europeans say that they use more glass than the 3 years previously. It also found that 75% of Europeans view glass as the most environmentally friendly packaging;
  • Between 2018-2022, it is estimated that the glass packaging industry will have a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 2%, according to Technavio analysts;
  • 20.9 million tonnes (equivalent to 75.9 billion units) of glass packaging was produced in Europe for the EU and international food and drink markets in 2016;
  • Glass is the 3rd most recyclable packaging material, after paper and metal;
  • 70% of glass packaging produced in Europe comes from recycled glass.

Thinking of making the switch to glass?

We’ve got a massive array of packaging options for you to choose from here at Ampulla. The beauty with glass packaging is that it often is available in many traditional designs to evoke feelings of days gone by. This is great for food and drink products that use traditional recipes, have a long heritage or are made using local ingredients.

Our Swing Top Bottles are a great example of this, with the clasp and stopper design first patented in the 1870’s, making them fantastic classically-inspired packaging products. Our 250ml ‘Costalata’ Swing Top Bottles feature beautiful faceted glass bodies and start from only £2.42 each! Another rustic styled bottle is our 200ml Frescor Juice Bottle, which is based on the style of milk bottles from the 50’s – and it even comes with a gold topped twist lid to complete the nostalgia! Other cap colours are now available and prices start from just 41p each with a lid.

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Our 250ml Farmers Juice Bottle is even cheaper, starting from just 33p each for the bottle and gold lid bundle! This bottle is simple, stylish and comes complete with a rubber-lined, airtight lid that locks in your drinks freshness. Finally, if you’ve got a range of jams or preserves, then our 190ml Glass Preserve Jar & Red/White Gingham Lid is absolutely ideal! It’s a modern looking jar with a traditional twist lid, making it perfect for use in 2018. Get these jars today starting from just 44p each!

Glass is clearly the superior packaging material for many food and drink products due to its strength, durability, recyclability and attractive appearance.

But This Doesn’t Mean That Plastic Is Obsolete!

Whilst not as environmentally friendly as glass, plastic still has its place in the marketplace as a reliable packaging solution, and there are plenty of plastic options that are recyclable as well. We just need to make sure that they are actually being recycled! Plastic is still the best packaging choice for those businesses that:

  • Need a more flexible material;
  • Need a lightweight packaging solution;
  • Need a less expensive packaging material.

Thick sauces, butter, yoghurts… these are just some of the food products that are better suited to plastic packaging. If you want high quality plastic packaging, then take a look at our large range of bottles, jars, buckets, tubs and jerrycans.

Liked our guide to glass packaging in Europe? Then we think that you’ll also like our more in-depth guide to the differences between plastic and glass!