Time-saving smoothies...

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When you have a hectic life, it can be really tough to stay healthy. The very subject of my blog of course!! One of the things that often falls by the wayside when you’re rushing to catch your train is that oh so important fuel, breakfast. Not only is it generally inadvisable to skip it altogether, it’s also such a shame to miss out on the best meal of the day!!

Personally, I couldn’t just completely skip breakfast because I wouldn’t be able to function if I did. So, often when I’m pressed for time, I’ll grab a quick smoothie before I head out the door. As requested by some of you, here are some delicious and speedy recipes I tend to use!  Unfortunately I can't take credit for the majority of the following recipes, although I can't quite remember the source of each one. Most are recipes I've been using for a few years now that I've modified slightly along the way.

All you'll need is a blender and the ingredients! I use a NutriBullet, which is super quick and convenient to use but I'm sure there are others out there you could try. 

Banana and chocolate…

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All you need is:

  • 1 banana
  • A cup of oats
  • A spoonful of chocolate protein powder
  • Unsweetened almond milk

This is a yummy one but because of the protein powder, it’s definitely one for a workout day. You can always just remove the protein powder if you prefer. Try adding a shot of cold coffee instead and then sprinkling some chia seeds on top once you've blended!

Blueberry and banana...

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All you need is:

  • A handful of spinach
  • A banana
  • A handful of frozen blueberries (or experiment with a different fruit if you like)
  • A cup of oats
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Unsweetened almond milk

For me, the best smoothies are made with almond milk. I’ve tried smoothies where the base is coconut water but I’ve found them to be a bit insipid. However, if you prefer, you could always experiment with coconut water in some of these recipes. Let me know how it goes!! If you're neither an almond milk nor a coconut milk fan, you could just use cow's milk. 

Banoffee pie...

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This one is courtesy of the Food Medic Cookbook so I’m afraid that I can’t take credit for it. 

All you need is:

  • A frozen banana (I freeze them when they’re really ripe, which is also a good way of saving bananas that I would otherwise have chucked in the bin! Just chop them up and wrap them in cling film)
  • A tbsp of honey
  • Handful of pecan nuts
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • A couple of ice cubes

If you prefer not so thick smoothies then use half almond milk, half water, or whatever proportion floats your boat!

Blueberry and yoghurt...

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All you need is:

  • A handful of spinach
  • A handful of blueberries (I use frozen)
  • About 1 tbsp of Greek yoghurt
  • A handful of almonds
  • Unsweetened almond milk

Spinach and avocado...

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All you need is:

  • A handful of spinach
  • An apple (I use Granny Smiths)
  • Half an avocado
  • A handful of raspberries
  • Coconut water OR almond milk

Sweet potato...

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All you need is:

  • A boiled and mashed sweet potato (I know it sounds weird but bear with me!)
  • A frozen banana
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
  • A couple of ice cubes
  • Unsweetened almond milk

Finally...

My breakfast does vary depending on how much time I have in the morning but you really can't beat a quick smoothie if you're short for time. What's so great about them too is that you can just experiment with different ingredients, depending on your taste. Win win!

Let me know if you try any of the recipes above (and send pics!) and pleeeaaase let me know if you have any other delicious recipes I could try! My repetoire is ripe for expansion!