Smoothies have proven to be a huge commercial success for the companies that noticed a gap in the market for colourfully-packaged pulsed and pasteurised fruit. As well as buying prepackaged smoothies off the shelf, you can make your own healthy concoctions at home using a Russell Hobbs purpose-made smoothie maker and a variety of fruit and other ingredients.
Place the base of your smoothie maker on a dry, flat and secure surface. Lower the jug onto the base unit with the tap over the arrow pointing upwards on the base. Then twist into place so as the downward pointing arrow on the jug is aligned with arrow on the base unit.
Remove the skin and core from your fruit and slice it into small pieces. If you prefer, you can leave the skin on the fruit.
Twist the lid at the top of the jug in an counterclockwise direction to remove it and put your ingredients in.
Place the lid back on the jug and twist clockwise to lock.
Place the stirrer into the hole in the lid if you're making a smoothie. If you're using the unit as a blender, fit the cap into place. Both of these can be locked into place with a clockwise turn.
Plug the unit in and switch to the low power setting to begin blending your drink. Once your ingredients have begun to mix, turn to the higher setting. If your ingredients aren't settling, use the stirrer to disturb them.
Press the "Off" button when your drink is ready.
Place your glass under the tap and open to pour. If your smoothie is particularly thick, you may need to remove the jug from the base unit, twist the lid off and pour the drink into your glass.
Dismantle the unit once you've finished and hand wash.
Always wash immediately as dried fruit residue can stick to the inside of the jug.
Don't fill the jug over the 1,800ml mark as this could result in liquid being pushed through the lid.