Category Archives for Breakfasts

Tropical Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants whilst giving your digestive system a break. They are easy to prepare and can be drunk on the run. The flavour combinations are endless, but give this one a go for a nice, refreshing summer’s drink.

Ingredients:
1 cup mango, diced
1 cup pineapple, diced
½ frozen banana, sliced
1 cup almond mylk (the recipe is here)
1 cup spinach
2 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)
handful ice cubes

Method:
Place all ingredients in high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Serves 1

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Ooooh how I love smoothies. I love them for breakfast or even as a snack. This chocolate banana smoothie is one of my regulars. It’s packed with so many nutrient rich ingredients, tastes great and will keep you feeling satisfied for ages!

Ingredients
200ml almond mylk (Recipe is here)
½ frozen banana
2 tablespoons cacao nibs
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup ice
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Additional superfoods you can add:
1 teaspoon Reishi powder
1 tablespoon flaxseeds

Method
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until well combined.
For a thicker consistency you may want to add more ice.

Serves 1

Chocolate Chia Pudding

I am so happy that I discovered chia puddings as a breakfast option. They’re quick to prepare, and taste best when done the night before therefore making it extremely convenient. Despite their small size, chia seeds are packed full of important nutrients like anti-oxidants, Omega-3 as well as fibre, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. With all that goodness, a small amount of chia seeds goes a long way!

I like to keep my chia pudding base really simple and then add different toppings to change the flavour. You can experiment with what ever spices and sweeteners you want.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons chia seeds (white, black or a mix)
1 cup almond mylk (or milk of your choice) My almond mylk recipe is here
1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Additional flavours:
1 tablespoon raw cacao
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (sugar free)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or raw honey)
1 tablespoon nut butter

Toppings (any combination of):
Shredded coconut, mixed fresh berries, cacao nibs, flaked almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, banana, kiwi fruit.

Method:
Place chia seeds in glass jar.
Combine protein power and almond mylk and pour over chia seeds. (Add additional flavours at this point.)
Stir well and then give it another stir after a couple of minutes. Make sure all the seeds have come off the bottom and you don’t want them to clump together.
Place in fridge overnight or allow to sit for 20 minutes before serving.
Top with any nuts, seeds or fruit to complete.

Serves 1

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Who says you can’t have chocolate first thing in the morning? This smoothie bowl is my absolute favourite indulgent breakfast. It is so smooth and creamy, and packed with all the goodness that you need to start your day. Raw cacao is rich in anti-oxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats, fibre and vitamins. It has all the qualities to help you fight the aging process and those chronic diseases, but best of all it tastes delicious!

Ingredients:

200ml almond mylk (the recipe can be found here)
¼ avocado
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1 date
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Handful ice

Method:

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until desired consistency.
Transfer into a bowl and top with your choice of shredded coconut, berries, cacao nibs, buckinis and chia seeds.

Makes 1 serve

Almond Mylk

Almond myIk is a fantastic substitute for dairy and I am constantly making it at home to add to smoothies, pour over cereals and use in baking. Almonds are rich in fibre, Vitamin E, Magnesium, anti-oxidents and healthy unsaturated fatty acids. Unfortunately many of the commercially made almond mylks available at the supermarket are shredded of all their goodness and packed with preservatives, so why wouldn’t you want to make your own clean, healthy, preservative free mylk?

Ingredients:

1 cup raw organic almonds
1.25 L filtered water

Method:

Pre-soak almonds overnight (8-12hrs) in glass jar with filtered water and a pinch of salt to activate almonds.
Rinse almonds thoroughly from the soaking liquid.
Place almonds in high speed blender together with filtered water.
Blend on high speed for 90 seconds.
Strain the blended almonds through a nut bag (or fine strainer) saving the almond milk.
Pour almond milk into glass jar and keep in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Handy Tip:

The pulp remaining from the strained almonds can be dried out in a low temperature oven for 3-4 hours and used as almond meal. Transfer the dried almond meal into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until required.

Note - Make sure that the almond meal is completely dried out before storing because if it is left wet, it will start to smell and become toxic.

Refreshing Green Juice

Juicing is one the easiest ways to get loads of nutrients and vitamins into you whilst giving your digestive system a bit of a break. It's all about throwing in a mix of whatever you have available in the fridge, but if you are new to the concept, here's a recipe that is easy to follow and won't be too bitter to drink.

Green Juice

Ingredients:
1 baby cos (romaine) lettuce
2 Lebanese cucumbers
1 lemon, peeled
1 slice fresh ginger
small handful parsley
1 cup water or coconut water
2 green apples, cored (optional)
1 teaspoon Spirulina (optional)

Method:

Place lettuce, cucumber, lemon, ginger, parsley, and apple through juicer.
Whisk in Spirulina and add the water.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Serves 2

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