Need to quench your thirst? Start your day with a rejuvenating juice, brighten up breakfast with a smoothie, and end on a silky sundowner

THE MULTITASKER NutriNinja Total Crushing Blender System, R5 500; ninjablenders.co.za

Thanks to its strong blades and pulse feature for exact control, the NutriNinja gets to work fast on whole fruits and veg, transforms ice to snow in seconds, extracts nutrients, chops, and mixes dough. Along with a 2.1£ blender jug, you’ll also get a 18 food processor bowl, as well as three different sized cups (with Sip & Seal lids) that let you blend and go.


Drink ideas to get you in the mood for summer:

Home-made iced tea: combine 12 of brewed tea with 80ml honey and 2 tsp grated ginger. Once the honey has dissolved, add 12 of cold water. Serve with lemon and mint.

For some caffeine with a kick, pour 15ml coffee liqueur into four glasses. In a pot, stir 3 tbsp Milo granules and 60ml coffee creamer powder in 12 of freshly brewed coffee. Top each glass with coffee. Sweeten with castor sugar to taste.

THE ULTIMATE MACHINE KitchenAid Artisan Power Plus, R14 999; yuppiechef.com

You’ll be hard pressed to make a smoothie smoother than with this heavy-duty – but oh-so stylish – blender. Whether you’re adding ice cubes or fibrous veg, you will barely have to put in any effort – it has specific programmes for smoothies, juices and soups (the warm setting will heat soup for you too), plus, it also boasts a convenient self-cleaning function.

THE CITRUS JUICER Smeg Electric Citrus Press, R2 099; yuppiechef.com

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade with this retro squeezer. Or get your mornings off to a healthier start with a delicious and nutritious glass of fresh orange juice. The spout is drip-proof and the parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It’ll pretty up your countertop, too, with several pastel colour options available.

THE CHILLED CHOICE Severin Smoothie Mix & Go, R749; takealot.com

Off to work? Mix your drink in one of the two portable flasks included with this blender -simply detach the flask from the machine and you’re good to go! The bonus? The flasks’ slim design will fit into your car’s cup holder, and they’re dishwasher safe. Great for soft fruits like berries and bananas, and the stainless steel blade makes cleaning a cinch.

THE SUPER JUICER Oscar Juicer DA1000, from

R5 985; oscarjuicers.co.za

Squeeze every last drop of goodness from fruit, leafy greens, and hard or soft veg to make up your morning glass of juice. When you buy yours, choose from one of two recipe books or a 750ml container. But wait, there’s more: not only does it juice like a dream, it’ll also churn out fresh pasta, frozen desserts, nut butters, and minced meat.

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