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Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie

Hey guys, how you been doing? First off, apologies for how quiet I’ve been on the blog lately – I’ve been majorly lacking in inspiration! Would you believe it if I told you I hadn’t baked since before Christmas? That’s crazy by my standards! I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s a post holiday funk? Or maybe it’s just one of those things! Either way, hopefully I’ll get my mojo back soon or I might drive myself crazy! I have a few recipes in the figurative lock box still to post, but my lack of inspiration spreads to writing too! That might be more of a lack of motivation, it’s a dangerous spiral really – I need to bake to keep myself level headed and happy, when I stop that I lose motivation to do anything else! But I’m here today because a) I need to force myself back into things if I want any hope of returning to normal and b) I can’t miss Fiesta Friday now, can I? 

Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie

I think we all find ourselves in funks like this every now and then, it’s part of life. People talk about writer’s block a lot, but you don’t hear much about other blocks – baker’s block, knitter’s block, painter’s bloc etc. They all exist, no matter how much you love doing something, sometimes you just can’t! What do you guys do when you find yourself in that situation? Any tricks you use to get yourself back in the game? Or do you find it’s just one of those things you have to let play out? So far I’ve just been letting it play out, but I think it’s gone on long enough now so I’m taking action! Starting with writing up the recipe for something yummy I’ve had in my list of recipes to share with y’all. Next up I’m going to be baking some things to photograph, recipes I’ve already posted but their photos are terrible so they need updating – that’s what I’m gonna be spending my Friday doing – I’ll be baking profiteroles. I’ll only have time for that one thing though, as I have to take the cat to the vet in the evening and then me and my mum are having some late Christmas drinks (aka an excuse to drink more wine than we should!) – but I think it’ll make a good start and hopefully that will give me the kick up the rear I need to get me in the kitchen properly again! 

Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie

To get me back into the blogging side of things, I’m sharing a pretty easy recipe with you today. It’s nice and simple to put together, it’s super yummy and it’s good for you – that’s 3 pretty awesome boxes checked there! It’s also pretty customisable – I used raspberries because I had a nice supply of them in my freezer and chocolate and raspberry is one of my favourite flavour combinations, but you could also use cherries or strawberries. I love, love, love my green smoothies – it took me a long time to convince myself to try them, but I’m so glad I did. They’re super yummy and they just make you feel healthy even when, like me, your diet really isn’t! I can’t eat a lot of fresh vegetables because of my TMJ so the green smoothie is a great way for me to get some of that goodness in my diet without cooking vegetables until they’re way too soft and lose most of their nutrients. This smoothie is a great one to start with if you’re still on the fence, it’s got plenty of sweetness and a deep cocoa flavour, you’ll forget there’s even spinach in it! My general rule for green smoothies is to have a 2:1 ratio of greens and fruit – so if I use 1 cup spinach I’ll have 2 cups of fruit (or 1 cup and a banana), that way you don’t have to worry about any bitter aftertastes ruining the smoothie for you. Nut milks are a great addition too to help counteract the bitterness, and the almond milk in this one is just a must, it really adds to that chocolatey flavour. 

As a rule, I like at least one ingredient in my smoothie to be frozen to make the smoothie cold without any need for ice. I usually buy fruit when it’s on sale or discounted (buying fruit that’s been marked down at the end of it’s shelf life is great for this), then I divide it into portions and freeze in zip lock bags, that way I have handy portions of frozen fruit ready to go! I do the same with my greens too, 1 cup of packed greens per zip lock bag and I’m always ready to go when the smoothie need hits! Although I do like to keep fresh greens on hand when possible, so I don’t lose out on those nutrients. 

Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie

 

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Winter Morning Anti-Venom Smoothie

Winter Anti-Venom SmoothieGosh, that’s a terrible name for a smoothie isn’t it? I’m not the most creative person when it comes to naming things, I think if I ever had kids I’d probably end up calling them Child 1, Child 2 etc. I’m surprised my cat isn’t just called Cat! 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

The thought behind this smoothie is a lot better than the name at least! We’re getting deeper and deeper into winter, at least we are in the northern hemisphere anyway, and these cold mornings are getting harder to bear with every temperature job. I made this smoothie as a way to inject a little sunshine into those dark, cold mornings and get you ready to face the day! 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

It’s full of summery flavours to trick your brain and tongue into thinking summer hasn’t left us out in the cold and it’s full of lots of goodness to keep your body ticking while the winter wages war against your immune system! Blueberries are considered super foods by some due to their antioxidants, but they’re also chock full of Vitamin C to give your immune system a boost! The orange juice helps with that too of course, plus it’s a great source of potassium. 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

Strawberries also have lots of antioxidants and yet more Vitamin C. And mangoes? You guessed it, more Vitamin C. Watch those winter colds try and catch you now! Mangoes are also a good source of Vitamin A which is good for your skin, and let’s face it skin needs all the care it can get in this harsh weather! And then there’s the spinach, full of everything good – iron (to keep your energy levels up) and Vitamin K (for your bones), plus more Vitamin A, C and antioxidants! I won’t lie, I’m not health expert and I’m not sure how much of your daily recommended vitamin intake this smoothie would get you (if anybody knows more about this subject and wants to do the math for me, please do!!) but I think it’s safe to say it’s a good boost to get you going in the morning. You could even double up and give yourself another boost for your afternoon snack! 

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

It’s not just your immune system getting a helping hand with this smoothie, it also contains one of my favourite smoothie ingredients – kefir milk! Kefir milk is full of tummy loving bacteria to keep your digestive system nice and healthy – which is extra good because winter is when Norovirus most likes to strike (aka the winter vomiting bug), mostly because we all stay huddled up close together in winter so it spreads easy. Your tummy needs all the help it can get to avoid catching it (I got it just after celebrating my first thanksgiving last year, it was no fun!). Kefir milk is a great source of protein too.

Winter Anti-Venom Smoothie

The best part though is that it tastes yummy and is an easy and filling breakfast! What more could you want!!

I had originally planned to post my first Christmas recipe today, but to be honest with you I’m still not feeling great and I didn’t think I’d be able to muster up enough excitement to get you all in the festive spirit! Besides, I thought maybe writing about vitamins might help me feel a little healthier… stranger things have happened!

I’m going to bring this health-boosting, winter-busting smoothie along to Fiesta Friday this week in the hopes it’ll give the party goers a quick boost to keep them partying throughout the weekend! I’m sure our returning co-hosts, Tracy and Stephanie, could use it too!

I will have some Christmas fun up for you soon, I’m sure! Come hang out with me on social media to get a preview on the festive treats I’ve been baking and see what’s going on in my kitchen in real time, and come chat too! Friends are always welcome! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Bloglovin’ 

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Winter Morning Anti-Venom Smoothie
Serves 1
An easy, filling breakfast smoothie to get you going on these cold winter mornings and help you fight off the nasty things winter can bring!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 packed cup spinach, raw
  2. 1 cup kefir milk*
  3. 1 cup orange juice*
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. 1/2 cup blueberries
  6. 2 cups mango
  7. 1 cup strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place the spinach, kefir and orange juice in your blender and blitz until spinach is well cut up.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blitz until smooth.
  3. Drink immediately or keep in fridge overnight ready for breakfast.
Notes
  1. *If you're not able to get kefir milk, substitute with greek yogurt. It won't have the good bacteria in it like kefir, but is still a good source of protein and will give the same taste.
  2. *You can use fresh squeezed orange juice or store bought (use not from concentrate for best health benefits and taste)
  3. To make sure the smoothie is nice and cold, freeze fruits first. Make sure at least the banana is frozen for the best texture
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 “I thought our story was epic, you know. You and me. Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed. Epic” No, I’m not talking about this smoothie! It is very, very good but I can’t say it’ll ruin any lives. I’m just trying to softly introduce you to my tendency for getting way too involved in the lives of fictional characters, that quote is from an episode of Veronica Mars I am watching as I write this. Now, I don’t know if you ever watched Veronica Mars – but if you have, you might understand why I’m a bit misty right now (their story was epic, just FYI). 

Now, that was your soft introduction – now I’m just going to through you into the deep end! Today was a big day for Marvel fans, a lot of their upcoming movies were officially announced and let’s just say it’s been a bit of a roller coaster of emotions – from their first female lead movie being announced, to their first black superhero lead movie being announced to the confirmation of a specific storyline they’re going to be delving into that will most likely kill off my favourite Marvel character. I’m going to leave it at that or you’ll all run away before you get to know more about this yummy, seasonal smoothie.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

So, I will actually start talking about this recipe now and stop crying about Steve Rogers! This pumpkin pie smoothie made a bit of a mess in my kitchen this morning – and by that I mean I discovered my blender was leaking when I picked it up and smoothie started pouring out of the bottom! Luckily, I managed to save enough to savour the yummy autumn flavours and have a good breakfast! 

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It’s basically like drinking pumpkin pie and it’s good for your tummy. It not only contains pumpkin puree and the spices, but it also has kefir milk. Kefir milk is something I recently discovered after it was recommended to me by a friend, and now I put it in all my smoothies! I normally like to keep dairy out of my smoothies, but this is a fermented milk using kefir grains (not really grains, it’s a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter) making the milk full of tummy loving probiotics! It’s also packed full of protein and also low in lactose for those of you who are sensitive to high amounts. It doesn’t just improve the health factor of the smoothies either, it’s super yummy -it’s got a similar taste to greek yogurt, so why not replace the yogurt in your smoothies with kefir for that same tang, but extra goodness! 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

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Autumn Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

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Happy Monday guys! Well, I say “happy”, I’m writing this post from bed while I’m off work sick. The lurgy has well and truly gotten a hold of me. This autumn strawberry and banana smoothie would definitely warm me up and make me feel better though. In fact, I might get out of bed and make myself one up now! 

autumn strawberry banana smoothie

 

I was having a real craving for a smoothie and the only fruit I had in my freezer was strawberries. I also had some quickly over ripening bananas. As yummy as a classic strawberry and banana smoothie is, it was a bit too summery for my over enthusiastic autumn mood. So I autumned this sucker up! 

autumn strawberry banana smoothie

 

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Kale Avocado Banana Smoothie

Avocado Banana Kale Smoothie

 I’ve always been turned off by the idea of green smoothies. I don’t know why, because I love my greens! Spinach? Yum! Kale? One of my favourite foods! But the idea of drinking them just sounded wrong to me! But I am officially a convert, green smoothies are awesome!

Avocado Banana Kale Smoothie

 

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