Popping My Smoothie Cherry – Breville Boss To Go Plus
Lucky this blog is all about confessions and truths because I have YET another confession to make.
Well the title probably gave it away, but until very recently, I had never made a smoothie. Ever.
I know – that’s a pretty sad confession to make.
Don’t get me wrong, we have enjoyed many smoothies here at home, but it’s the culinary talents of my husband Nathan that produces those. He just wings it and, most of the time, he makes the best tasting smoothies from whatever ingredients we have in the kitchen. He just instinctively knows what flavours will work and how much of each ingredient to put in.
Unlike me, who tends to go overboard when it comes to anything to do with cooking.
Exhibit A: my attempt to cook cocktail frankfurts at my son’s last slumber party. Cue my husband and my brother making fun of me on Facebook…
Anyway, given my chequered history with cooking, I was more than a little intimidated by the thought of trying out a new kitchen appliance. Sure, I jumped at the chance at upgrading from our current budget blender (who wouldn’t?) but I was literally paralysed by my lack of culinary confidence when it came time to try it out.
Just to give you a taste of my thought process:
- After I brought the Breville Boss To Go Plus home, I sat it on my bench for a few days to psych myself up. It looked damn fine in its big fancy box on my bench – it would be a shame to get it out of the box just yet.
- Then a few days later I unpacked it and assembled it on my bench ready to go. I again marvelled at how good it looked – the stainless steel unit matched my kitchen perfectly. No need to dirty it right away though.
- Then I spent two weeks thinking about what I might actually use it for, while secretly hoping Nathan would take the lead and make something awesome for me. He’s the smoothie king in the family, he should be the one to christen it, surely?
- After realising that he was too busy (and too smart to fall for my not-so-subtle hints for help) I finally bit the bullet and found the courage to give it a try for myself.
And you know what? It was super, super easy to use. And now I feel quite embarrassed about the elaborate lengths I went to in order to avoid being the first one to give it a go!
I do rather feel like Grover from The Monster at the End of This Book
All about the Breville Boss To Go Plus
So what’s the fuss about? The Breville Boss to Go Plus (rrp $299) is a personal blender that pulverises whole fruits and vegetables, nuts and leafy greens, up to 42% finer than some other blenders on the market. Featuring a smooth café tumbler with no uncomfortable clips or threads for a nicer drinking experience, Breville promises smoother smoothies from a smoother cup.
The unit comes with two 500ml tumblers plus a larger 700ml one, all with travel lids for drinking on the go. It also comes with a stainless steel mill so you can make your own flour & break down nuts & seeds, plus a recipe book for you to get started. All the components fit into the base unit very easily and all you need to do is lock the container in and move it to the right to operate.
Apparently the Boss To Go Plus comes into its own when tackling big, leafy green smoothies. As a newbie, I’m not quite ready to go there just yet but I’ll be keen to see how it tackles kale very soon. My limited experience with kale in our budget blender has been “gritty”, to say the least…
Because I am not at all creative when it comes to culinary things, I consulted the Nurture via Nature recipe book for some ideas on how to use the Breville Boss To Go Plus. I based my first smoothie on the Raspberry, Pear and Vanilla smoothie recipe featured in the book but adapted it for the ingredients I had at hand. So here’s my take on a yummy, sweet, filling and delicious lunch smoothie!
Berry, Apple and Vanilla Smoothie (makes approx. 500 ml)
3/4 cup (180 ml) milk
1 (110g) peeled banana, chopped
2/3 cup (85g) frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup (70g) vanilla yoghurt
1 (150g) apple, peeled, cored & chopped
- Place ingredients into 500g tumbler and secure blades
- Lock into motor base and blend for 45 seconds, or until smooth
- Remove from base, unscrew from the blades and attach travel lid
- Drink and enjoy!
As I’m (yet again) embarking on a health kick, I’m looking forward to enjoying a lunch time smoothie each day. They are so easy to put together and a quick rinse of the blades, tumbler and travel lid is all you need to clean up afterwards. I really don’t know what I was afraid of!
Considering the Boss To Go Plus can mix ingredients up to 42% finer than some other blenders, this is the perfect unit for kids who prefer smoother consistency in their food or drinks or who experience intense sensory sensitivities.
I know I’m looking forward to getting more fruit into my kids by stealth (surely they won’t notice?)
I just need to keep practising my smoothie making. One day, I too may be able to throw away the recipe book and wing it myself…maybe…
Do you enjoy making and/or consuming smoothies? Do you have any easy recipes for a culinary klutz such as myself?
Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post however I did receive a complimentary Breville Boss To Go Plus unit (rrp $299) for the purposes of this review. All confessions, thoughts and opinions are honest and 100% my own.