Review: Kenwood Smoothie To Go

I’ve talked before about how much of a gadget girl I am and how during my weight loss journey they have helped me so much to get to my current loss of 43lbs and how they continue to motivate me. I mentioned a while back how one particular gadget has been helping me get my diet working for me.

It’s the Kenwood Smoothie 2Go. I wanted to share for you my epic love for this gadget and a few of my smoothie tips and recipes. I want you to know that I told Kenwood I was doing this review but I didn’t promise to be nice or anything and they were pretty cool about that!

How can a smoothie maker make you thin? I hear you ask…well it doesn’t. Work, sweat and a good diet makes you healthier, but that’s the key isn’t it, diet.

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I’ve said tonnes of times before, in my experience diet is the crucial bit, you can live without the exercise (but for a million reasons shouldn’t), but you can’t work out enough to nullify a bad diet. The Smoothie 2GO maker means I can make myself a breakfast which is easy to eat on the way to the gym, isn’t going to sit so heavy in my stomach while I work out and is still filling enough to keep me happy until Lunch but low calorie enough for me to justify a post gym snack. I’ve been using the smoothie maker for some time now and I’ve seen some great weight losses while using it but generally I’m just happy that it makes it easy to start your day well and I know I’m more likely to continue that if I start with it in the AM. Skip breakfast and I eat way more than I should through the rest of the day.

So first of all the basics. What is it? This picture is taken from Kenwoods website, I’ve taken all the rest of them though :)

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It’s a super fantastic smoothie making device which is beyond easy to use and clean too. Obviously I’m a busy kinda girl, I write here and for a couple of magazines, I have a happy and bouncy five year old with school runs and clubs to get to and who needs homework help, reading practice and to be fed & kept clean (children are so demanding aren’t they!?). It’ll deal with ice no problem and has 3 blending speeds for good control of texture. So here is what you get in a pack…

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That is the blender base, 2 drink through lids, 1 blender blades and 2 travel cups. All in really tough plastic which has withstood me dropping them several times. The lids have a handy little clip on them so the flap can be clipped open or clipped shut. It doesn’t leak at all even when rolling around in the passenger foot well of the car after a dashed school run.   The base unit has non slip feet on it so it doesn’t move when you use it. The cups hold 0.5l of liquid and even has lines on it to help you slip your fresh content, frozen content and liquid for the perfect smoothie!

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*Top Tip Alert* Now I tend not to put frozen fruit straight in to the cup, I nuke it on full power for around 30 seconds which at least softens it up a bit, and plus I make up all my smoothies in advance and freeze them in bags with individual portions so they come out of the freezer, microwaved, in to cup. I use the cup to measure them out when I’m having a bagging up session so that I know they will fit properly. Then it’s just a case of adding any fresh ingredients, generally a banana or a few almonds and some juice or water, you could add milk if that’s your bag.

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The biggest thing for me is how easy this thing is to take care of. Yes the smoothies are fantastic, they make an awesome breakfast for me and leave me happy all morning, and yes it is super fast and easy to get a meal on the run but most of all it’s really really really easy to clean. I made a smoothie specially to show you! So you’ve done the steps above, so next you add your juice, then attach your blade lid to the cup and click it in to the blender (I can do this all one handed, if you are ever running late or have children you know how valuable this is!). Flick the switch and off you go.

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Beautiful isn’t it? Just as a note, the smoothie 2GO has three speeds. It gives you full control over the consistency of the smoothie or shake you get. The red dot is a pulse mode which is great for things that you want thick and just a few blends. Kenwood recommend that you use low for 5 seconds to start the blending process and then ramp it up to high if you want something smoother. Not everything can be made perfectly smooth. Something I often do is add almonds or spinach to my smoothies and they will never been totally smooth because of it. Obviously little seeds are going to slip through the net too. I personally don’t like totally smooth stuff so am happy with a little crunch or texture.

Anyway, once you’ve blended you need to unscrew the blades lid from your cup, it’s really easy as it’s just a screw cap, then literally just rinse the blades under the tap. This was with cold water and it cleans it quickly and easily. I know cleaning is boring but I hate doing it so it’s a major part of my decision making process.

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Screw on your travel lid and you are good to go! It’s got a wide drinking hole so it’s easy to drink from when you have some lumps and bumps in the smoothie.

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You might spot some slight separation in the smoothie I’m drinking there, it’s cause I left it to sit for sometime before digging in. I didn’t bother but you can pulse it again just to mix it up. If I make them and refrigerate them then I tend to pulse it just to ensure it’s well mixed.

I have to say, I totally love this product, I bought it with my own pennies from Tesco but you can get them all over the place, I saw them in John Lewis/Waitrose the other day too. It’s a bargain price too, a complete travel system and smoothie maker for under £30. For me its all about convenience, I have long found that if things are too fiddly, tricky or difficult to clean then they don’t get used (I’m looking at you fondue set) or replaced when they breakdown (George Foreman Grill) (speaking of which the Smoothie 2GO comes with a years warranty yay). It also comes with several recipes to help you make the most of your Smoothie 2Go.

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Now I’m a chuck in and go kinda girl, I figure most of the time if I like the fruit individually I’ll like it together. This has rarely failed me. I don’t have so many recipes but my favourite things to pop together is a selection of defrosted fruit such as black forest fruits (Cherry, Blackberry, Grapes, and Black currants, or summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries. Banana is great in smoothies as it really does smooth out, Melon and Grapes add a little sweetness which is nice. I always add spinach to them too. A small amount and you can’t taste it at all, a large amount and it makes an awesome green smoothie. I pick up the most natural juice I can find in the supermarket, currently it’s Waitrose Tropical Fruits.

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Now I’ve moaned and winged mentioned recently that I’ve had a cough, so I thought I’d share a lovely recipe for a soothed throat, it works for me anyway.

1 Banana
1 TBSP of Honey
1 Peach Stoned
a handful of strawberries
a handful of ice cubes
a few Grapes
a few Cherries
Half a Cup of Green Tea
Handful of Spinach

Pop the ice, strawberries and green tea in the blender and do a light blend to start it off. Chuck in everything else except the banana, lightly blend again, then add the banana last. I’m told that peaches are great for fighting infections, strawberries are rich in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system, green tea helps fight bacteria. Honey soothes sore throats and will sweeten the tea a little, so will the cherries and grapes. Banana’s are a great source of energy. Obviously if you are carrying a temperature then you can drink this ice cold and it will cool you down. Plus it tastes pretty amazing.

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So we all know I love the product, what do you think? Anything else you’d like to know about it? (just ask in the comments I’ll answer). . . . . If you want smoothies in your life and you are in the UK don’t rush out and buy the Kenwood Smoothie 2Go maker just yet…you might be interested in tomorrows post! 

8 thoughts on “Review: Kenwood Smoothie To Go

  1. This is really inspiring, I always think “I can’t do this”, but reading all of this shows I can, if I just set my mind to it. I think I’m going to invest in one of these and start 2012 off as I intend ending it – healthily!

  2. I love the pictures… I always like putting faces to names! Plus they’re cute photos!

    I don’t like fruit so smoothies don’t ‘do’ it for me. Years ago I tried to make and have banana smoothies, but had to strain it after blending it as I’d gag if I got any bits of banana etc.

    Of course I could make chocolate smoothies… or milkshakes – though that’s probably not the point!

    Deb

  3. Glad to read this review! just today i ordered mine from an online store in UAE. m just crossing my finer that it works well for me. For an extra precaution i bought it with an extended warranty. R u still satisfied with the product?

  4. i love it!! just used it today for the first time and ive done banana ice cubes milk and honey and it is delish!! need to go and get alot of fruit an other stuff to do more and its so easy to use and clean, totally recommended

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