Recipe: Tropical Smoothie

A quick recipe today, and adding to my smoothie repertoire, I give you, the Tropical Smoothie!

Tropical Smoothie

Mango, pineapple and bananas blended with 0% Greek yoghurt and some water.

I used my smoothie 2 go blender and filled the cup 1/2 way with frozen mango and pineapple, then a ripe banana and two tablespoons of yoghurt. I added about 2cm of hot water as I find frozen pineapple hard to blend.

Whizz together until smooth and pour into a glass or bowl. I topped mine with some frozen raspberries and then added some Fuel 10k protein granola after I took the photo.

I’m definitely adding this one into my regular breakfast bowl rotation, and my toddler loved the “YELLOW SMOOTHIE”!

I imagine this would be good with some avocado or spinach blended too!

xoxo

Eats of the Week, and September is here already and I can’t wait for Autumn Outside Runs!

That was a long post title wasn’t it? But it’s exactly how I’m feeling!

I said I would do an Eats of the Week in my last Friday Round Up, and so here it is.

I’ve been making my smoothie bowls for a while now, and they are such a great start to the day. I need to top up on flax or chia though to bulk them out a bit.

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When I was pregnant I ate so much fresh fruit, especially pineapple as I read somewhere that it made labour easier (which I think is true as I had a quick and complications-free experience). I’ve gotten back into making a big batch of homemade fruit salad and then taking a portion to work with me each day.

 

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I made an EPIC breakfast last weekend of homemade blueberry pancakes, strawberries with peanut butter, fried eggs and crispy smoked bacon, it was AMAZING!!!

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I’ve also started upping my alcohol intake, which is something I need to keep my eye on. Here’s a pic of me enjoying a glass of Old Mout Cider (Kiwi and Lime flavour, yum!) whilst watching the World Champion Athletics in China. #GoMo!

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I thought I had more pictures but never mind! I’ll be sure to snap some more pictures this week! xoxo

Where’s my coffee, it’s Monday!

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content

It’s Monday again, and whilst I may not have spent my Sunday fully preparing for the week ahead, we did manage to have a fun-packed couple of days spent with family and friends and I’m ready for the week ahead!

We spent some time at a new farm shop that has opened and sells fresh fruits, vegetables and meat, all very reasonably priced and so lovely to look at!

Keelham Farm Shop

They also have an in-store bakery with delicious pastries, so I treated me and the toddler to Saturday morning croissants! To be honest, the treat was more for me, she ate some normal toast after refusing the flaky pastry, but that meant more for me so I wasn’t complaining:-)

I made a delicious mezze last night for dinner and will share some of the elements later this week in a recipe post!

I didn’t do any exercise except walking around the park and town with the little one, a lot! But I did do some squats, I might  make it into a July Squat Challenge, would anyone else want to do it?

Drum roll please – after upping my exercise a little bit and making more of an effort to eat consciously, I’m down 1lb since last week to 160lb! Only 6lb to go to reach my goal for the end of August!

Did you all have a good weekend?
xoxo

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl with Nutty Granola

I try to make sure that we eat a healthy breakfast each morning at around 7am, which is sometimes easier said than done whilst trying to get ready for work and the toddler ready for nursery.

One of my favourites is a banana berry smoothie bowl topped with granola. Not only does it taste delicious, but it keeps me satisfied until mid-morning and is packed full of healthy ingredients.

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I have a smoothie2go maker which is super convenient as you just put all of your ingredients into the cup, screw on the lid and attached it to the machine. You can then choose to drink the smoothie straight from the cup, add a travel lid or pour it into a bowl as I do.

You can mix up the ingredients you like and there are thousands of smoothie recipes online, but this is my go to.

Ingredients:

80g frozen raspberries
80g frozen pitted cherries
1 medium banana
100g plain non-fat Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds
Tiny amount of water to loosen the smoothie up.
25g nutty granola – I’m currently using Jordans but also really like Nature Valley granola

NOTE: I like my smoothie to be thick so that I can eat it with a spoon, so I don’t add much additional liquid.

Method:

1) Place the frozen ingredients in the cup first
2) Then add the banana, in chunks
3)Top with the flax/seeds
4) Spoon in the yoghurt
5) Pour in a small amount of water straight from the tap or bottle

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6) Turn the machine on and blend to your preferred consistency
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7) Sprinkle on your granola and enjoy!

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What’s your favourite smoothie combination?
xoxo

 

Get the balance right

We all know that in order to maintain a healthy body, we need to have a balanced diet including carbohydrates, protein, fruit, vegetables, dairy products AND healthy fats.

Diets that promote high protein intake with limited carbs can be bad for you, even if you don’t eat a lot of calories, the fat content is high and you often miss out on fruit and vegetables. Likewise, just eating fruit and vegetables often means that you are eating a lot of sugar, and not enough protein to maintain your muscles and energy levels!

I have been guilty in the past of eating too many starchy carbs, not enough vegetables and really unhealthy fats, like butter (mmmm bread and butter, my favourite!)

So now I am really aiming to eat a more balanced diet. Here is my tea from last night:

  • Tuna in spring water – protein
  • Hard boiled egg – protein and fat
  • 2 medium new potatoes – carbs
  • Lettuce and Cucumber – vegetables
  • Peppers sauteed in balsamic vinegar – vegetables and flavour

 

 

Let’s forget the fad diets and do what we know is right….enjoy a balanced diet and don’t deprive yourself of food that you enjoy.

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION xoxo

 

 

Fruit GLORIOUS Fruit

Don’t you just love fruit? I can never understand those people who think fruit and vegetables are not tasty just because they are healthy. From an early age I have been a big fan of fruit and when I feel the need to be healthy I turn to the most colourful, antioxidant-rich fruit I can find!

Here are some of my favourite recipes that include fruit…

Melon and Parma Ham – A Mediterranean classic, mouth-sized chunks of  honeydew melon wrapped deliciously in salty Parma ham – great as a starter or a light lunch!

Frozen berry smoothies – You can find my favourite recipe here or take a look at Rose (The Londonder’s) favourite recipes by clicking here – loads of choice and even though they contain veggies like spinach, they taste pretty damn good.

Chargrilled Chicken with charred pineapple wedges – so you’re having a BBQ or cooking in the summer and you want something tasty, satisfying and healthy – meet Chargrilled chicken with charred pineapple wedges. I will post the full recipe tomorrow but trust me, this is a winner!

Good old fruit salad – Grab a bowl, your favourite fruit, chop and mix together. Simple. My favourite combination is watermelon, strawberries, honeydew melon and red grapes sprinkled with pomegranite pearls, delicious!

What’s your favourite fruit and how do you eat it?

xoxo

Yoo Moo – And I don’t even like yoghurt!

First things first, I don’t like yoghurt, unless it is a Petit Filous or Muller Light Vanilla with Chocolate Sprinkles. So I was very skeptical about frozen yoghurt. But then I tried Yoo Moo frozen yoghurt, and OMG I am a convert!

Yoo Moo is a new frozen yoghurt brand and it is unlike anything I have tasted before, creamy not sour like many yoghurts, and the different flavours are amazing!

Naked Moo is natural yoghurt, nothing added, and it tastes like Hagen Daas!

Tropicalmoo is my favourite and combines swirls of passion fruit and mango in nakedmoo, topped with frozen mango pieces.

There is also strawbmoo, chocmoo, angelmoo, strawbswirlmoo and devilmoo (ultra chocolatey but healthy!)

There are about 150 calories in a serving and 3% fat – so you can indulge and not feel guilty!

For a luxury dessert try meringue nests with nakedmoo, berries (strawberry and blueberry is my favourite) and top with raspberry coulis, DIVINE!

Yoo Moo is available to buy at Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Ocado.

Now get moo’ing xoxo