Simple Banana Smoothie With Ginger

Simple Banana Smoothie With Ginger. Start the day with this quick and simple smoothie.

Simple Banana Smoothie With Ginger

Last Monday I went to a baking class on mastering macaroons and it was the best fun I’ve had in ages! I met some lovely people, including a lady called Patricia. Patricia and I were the two early birds for the class, so we had time to chat a bit whilst prepping our ingredients for the class. Patricia talked about the gingerbread men she had made recently and I talked about my favourite smoothie of the moment, as it happens to have ginger in it. Before we knew it we were laughing at the mishaps we were having with the macaroons; Patricia was having trouble with the food colouring (grey instead of red), whilst mine were gorgeous in colour but rather on the thick side. They piped out looking like uumm…pink poo!  Macaroons are hard to get right but luckily smoothies are so simple to make, especially if you’ve invested in a good quality blender. 

Do you ever go through phases of using ingredients for weeks on end? For me, my ingredients of the moment are ginger and coconut. This smoothie was the first one I tested out using the Froothie Optimum G2.1 and the flavours remind me of sitting on a beach soaking up the rays of the sun! Ah, sunshine! It’s made a guest appearance here for the past week and I’m thinking it’s not going to stay for much longer. It really does lift your spirits though and so does this smoothie, with its yellow colour and tropical flavours. 

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Homemade Cashew Milk and The Froothie Optimum G2.1

Homemade Cashew Milk and The Froothie Optimum G2.1 High Powered Blender

Homemade Cashew Milk

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I closed the lid on my blender and prayed that everything would go well. It had been on the blink for a while now, but as I only wanted a basic smoothie, surely it would be able to cope? I watched as it spluttered and choked on the contents and, before I knew it, I was racing out the back door with said blender smoking. Into the bin went the charred remains. I’ve never had much luck with blenders but to be fair, it’s my own fault…this is what is to be expected when you buy a cheap one and then test it beyond its limits. As for food processors, my impatience means I dislike cleaning them and changing the blades to suit whatever I’m making. I came to the conclusion that I finally needed a blender that could cope with my exacting kitchen requirements.

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Hello Autumn! Time for Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Drinks | September 2, 2015 | By

I know I know, we’re only just in September and it’s not quite Winter yet but now is the perfect time to make a batch of homemade hot chocolate mix for the colder months ahead.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
 

I love Autumn so much, it’s cold but not depressingly so. I love walking through the parks in a warm buttoned up coat and seeing the leaves change colours. I love coming in from the cold and having a hot drink ready. The heat of the cup warming up your hands and in my case, steaming up my glasses too! Then of course there’s the joy of watching out for squirrels dashing about the garden looking for food. (When is the last time you saw a red one)?

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Fennel and Cinnamon Tea Recipe

Drinks | August 12, 2015 | By

 
Fennel and Cinnamon Tea Recipe

It was on a school trip to London many years ago that I first had a taste of chai tea. Those sweet smelling aromas of the spices was a completely new experience from the tea I was used to drinking. Ever since then, I’ve been a fan of this type of tea. Normally when I feel sick/bloated or stressed chai tea is what I reach for, as it appears to calm me down and aid my stomach ailments.

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The She Hulk Post-Workout Green Smoothie

Drinks | July 3, 2015 | By

After I come back home from one of my strenuous long walks, I’m always tempted to go straight to the fridge and grab a fizzy drink to help replenish my energy. But considering you can whip up a healthy green smoothie in 30 seconds, there’s really no excuse for unhealthy drinks/snacks that defeat the purpose of the workout to begin with.

This gorgeous, creamy post-workout green smoothie is packed full of all the good stuff to help you recover from a workout. Ripe pieces of mango give the smoothie the perfect sweetness (no additional sweetener is needed), as well as coconut water for rehydration. You’ll get protein from the spinach, avocado and greek yogurt. However, if you have really she-hulked out at the gym, you can up the protein intake further by adding 1 good spoonful of protein powder.

The She Hulk Post-Workout Green Smoothie

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Pre-Workout Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

Drinks | June 17, 2015 | By

I’m not the healthiest girl in town and keeping fit isn’t often on my mind, but when the Summer time arrives everything changes! As my thoughts turn to wearing cute little shorts, summer frocks and bikinis, keeping fit suddenly jumps to the top of my agenda!

I love the idea of hitting the gym but I probably wouldn’t dedicate 4 -5 days a week to it. And to be frank – I’d feel a bit uncomfortable in a room full of  hot gym bunnies  fit people! Anyway, why spend your money on the gym when you can go out and exercise for free? (I keep telling myself this). I love walking, either with Hannah or just out exploring the countryside. I’m proud to say I’m a damn good hula-hooper too!

Pre-Workout Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

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Spiced Almond Rum Nightcap

Drinks, Vegetarian | January 11, 2015 | By

I love to chill out in the evenings with a good movie, a blazing fire and a piping hot drink, especially when it is freezing cold outside and it leaves you feeling a bit miserable. Years ago my Mum would make us all hot milk for the chilly evenings and well, this spiced almond rum recipe is the adult version…kinda.

The last thing you want, however, is to come home from a busy day and spend ages on making something complicated, particularly when you’re trying to wind down. Luckily this drink couldn’t be any quicker or simpler. All it takes is a few minutes of your time, a saucepan, almond milk and a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in kitchen cupboards.

You can leave the rum out if you want or replace it with a drop of whiskey or brandy. 

Spiced Almond Rum

Spiced Almond Rum
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  3. pinch of mixed spice
  4. pinch of cayenne pepper
  5. 2 tsp of maple syrup
  6. a splash of rum
Instructions
  1. Pour 2 cups of almond milk into a saucepan and put on medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a stir. When the milk begins to bubble, take it off the stove and pour into your cup. As simple as that! Sweet dreams..
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What’s your favourite way to relax in the evenings? 

Berries, Oranges, Bananas! Two Breakfast Smoothies

In the summer time when the weather is fine, i’ve got smoothies, i’ve got smoothies on my mind!
 
Hello folks! 
 
Today’s post is about two smoothies I’ve been loving recently. They are so refreshing, tasty and easy to make!
 
The first one is berry based. I love blueberries in my cereal so thought I would make a smoothie instead. Blueberries are said to be good for your skin as they contain a great source of antioxidants and anti inflammatory, keep those early signs of aging at bay! 
 
Berrylious
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  2. 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  3. 1/2 frozen banana
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of vanila extract
  5. 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately.
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The second one is orange based. I love oranges at breakfast time and I think this us just perfect for that morning energy boost! 

 

The Twelfth
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 4 oranges
  2. 2 bananas
  3. 1/3 almond milk
  4. 1 cup of ice
  5. 1 teaspoon vanila extract
  6. 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.
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I hope this has given you some ideas. What’s your favourite smoothies at the moment? Love for you to share! 

Water’s boring? Infuse it, Drink it, Love it!

Drinks | June 26, 2014 | By

I was really getting into the summer spirit yesterday and decided to make some water infused drinks. Normally I would drink water on its own but this time I wanted to spruce things up a bit with this lemon and strawberry infused water.

Making your own flavoured water is super easy and very doable for beginners. I highly recommend making your own, much more healthy than fizzy drinks you’d buy in stores. 
 
 
Lemon and Strawberry Infused Water
Refreshing infused water with lemon and strawberry.
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Ingredients
  1. What you need;
  2. A couple of lemon slices
  3. A handful of sliced strawberries
  4. Fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a pincher and add filtered water (tap water should be fine too).
  2. Leave in the fridge for a few hours (I left mine overnight). The longer you leave it the more flavoursome it will be!
Notes
  1. You can leave it in the fridge for a day or two. Any longer than that the fruit may start to mould. If you want to keep it for longer, simply remove the fruit/herbs and store back in the fridge! (some fruits like lemons can last a lot longer than say berries).
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What’s your favourite water infused drink?