Thursday, 11 January 2018

Purple Carrot, Melon and Beetroot Smoothie


I love carrots and have recently discovered that carrots come in purple, white, reddish orange and the standard orange colour. They don't really taste that different but certainly look amazing. The purple carrots that I recently got were purple on the outside but orange in the inside. The vibrant colour of my smoothie comes from the purple carrots and the beetroot. Have you ever tried purple or white carrots before?




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Purple Carrot, Melon and Beetroot Smoothie
Rich in vitamins and high in antioxidants, this delicious smoothie tastes as good as it looks.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Diced Cantaloupe Melon
  • 1 Purple Carrot peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup Beetroot peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
Method:
1. Add ice, melon, beetroot and carrots, lemon juice,water honey and nutmeg to the Optimum 9400 blender and blend the ingredients until smooth for 1 minute.2. Pour into serving cups and enjoy.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings


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I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400  blenders which is capable of blending ice cubes and fruit and gives you the correct texture. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

The Optimum 9400 is currently on offer for £299. Froothie also offer 0% finance on products over £299 and only require a 10% deposit. That's not all, the fab people at Froothie are offering you lovely readers FREE DELIVERY too (for a limited time).  Just use this code 1572 FREE AMBASSADOR DELIVERY in the comments box when making your purchase, the delivery charge will then be refunded.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Spicy Vegetable Soup ~ 5-2 Diet




In the winter months I love batch cooking soup so that I can take the soup to work in a flask for my lunch. Nothing beats a bowl of hot piping soup when its cold and miserable. Vegetable soup has no set recipe, you can add any vegetables that you have in your fridge and flavour it in any way you please. I love my soup to have a bit of a spicy kick so I like adding the soya sauce and the hot sauce, you can easily leave it out if you are making it for children or do not like spice. This is one of the easiest recipe to make vegetable soup.



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Spicy Vegetable Soup
A spicy soup made with a medley of winter vegetables.
Ingredients
  • 1 Courgette diced
  • 1 Small Red onion diced
  • 1 Carrot diced
  • 60 g Shredded Cabbage
  • 6 Tomatoes diced
  • 1 Red Pepper diced
  • 200 g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Soya Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chilli garlic sauce
  • 1 pinch Back Pepper
  • 30 g Stelline (baby)pasta shapes
Method:
1. Add olive oil in a pan and when it is hot add the onions and saute until translucent. 2. Add the chopped tomatoes and all the vegetables and the water and bring the soup to a boil, once boiling lower the heat to a simmer and add the pasta. 3. Add the soya sauce, chilli garlic sauce, salt and pepper 4.Simmer the soup for 10 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked. 5. Using a spoon mash down some of the vegetables to thicken the soup. 6. Serve in soup bowls with slices of warm toast.
Details:
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 3-4 persons


This soup can be part of the 5- 2 diet, its is approximately 166 calories per serving ( 1 bowl of soup)
NB-Bread not included in calorie count.

Calories per Serving
Carbs
Fat
Protein
Sodium
Sugar
166
30
3
5
2125
18

You may like other soup recipes:
Parsnip and Leek Soup
Swede Soup
Spicy Carrot Soup
Cauliflower Soup

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Vegan Chocolate Smoothie #healthyjanuary


This totally delicious chocolate smoothie is guilt free and is vegan too. It is made from bananas, avocado, dates, prunes and cocoa powder making it free from refined sugars too. I made this with my pre prepared smoothie pack that I keep in my freezer. To learn how to make my smoothie packs check my healthy january post.


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Vegan Chocolate Smoothie.
Creamy and rich dairy free smoothie that is delicious in taste but totally healthy.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 4 Ripe dates (Stoned)
  • 4 Prunes
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 240 ml Cold Water
  • 8 raspberries or black berries for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon for dusting Cocoa powder
Method:
1. Place all the ingredients into the Optimum 9400 blender jug. 2. Add the water and blend for 1 minute until smooth and creamy 3. Pour into serving jars dust with a pinch of cocoa and garnish with frozen berries.
Details
Prep time: Cook time:0 Total time: Yield: 2 servings

To transport the smoothie so that you have a #smoothieonthego pour it into a smoothie cup or jar with lid, take a straw with you and its ready to go.




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I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400. The blenders is capable of blending frozen fruit and gives you the correct texture. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

The Optimum 9400 is curently on offer for £299 . Froothie also offer 0% finance on products over £ 299 and only require a 10% deposit. That's not all, the fab people at Froothie are offering you lovely readers FREE DELIVERY too (for a limited time).  Just use this code 1572 FREE AMBASSADOR DELIVERY in the comments box when making your purchase, the delivery charge will then be refunded.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Mango, Avocado, Spinach and Dates Smoothie #smoothieaday #smoothieonthego




My last post was all about how I have started my #healthyjanuary  journey, I am encouraging my family and my self to eat healthy. You can read all about it in my post here. I also explained in the post how to make smoothie packs for the freezer so that its easy to make your #onthegosmoothie in the morning. I created this delicious smoothie using my mango, avocado, spinach and dates  pack that I premade and have frozen into single servings.




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Mango, Avocado, Spinach and Dates Smoothie
Tropical flavour smoothie, high in antioxidants and vitamins
Ingredients:
  • 1 Medium Mango diced
  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado
  • 4 Ripe dates
  • Small handful Spinach
  • 240 ml Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chia seeds
Method:
1. Add all the ingredients to the Optimum 9400 blender together with the water and bend for 1 minute.2. Transfer to serving cups and sprinkle with a pinch of chia seeds. Alternatively pour the smoothie into a travel beaker or cup, attach a straw with an elastic band to the cup and its ready to go.

Details
Prep time: Blending time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings


I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400. The blenders is capable of blending frozen fruit and gives you the correct texture. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

The Optimum 9400 is curently on offer for £299 . Froothie also offer 0% finance on products over £ 299 and only require a 10% deposit. That's not all, the fab people at Froothie are offering you lovely readers FREE DELIVERY too (for a limited time).  Just use this code 1572 FREE AMBASSADOR DELIVERY in the comments box when making your purchase, the delivery charge will then be refunded.



My smoothie ready to take to work.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Healthy January #smoothieaday




Christmas is well and truly over and we are all in the same boat where we start to worry about our health. I am sure that majority of us feel guilty about the amount of food and drink that we have consumed over the festive period. January is the perfect time to take stock and change our lifestyle and eating habits.

10 things to change:

1. De clutter your kitchen cupboards and fridge of all junk food.
2. Rewrite your shopping list to include, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
3. Replace refined sugars with natural sugars such agave nectar, maple syrup, stevia and honey but still consume them in moderation.
4. Stop buying cartons of juices and smoothies that have sugars and additives.
5. Make a meal plan and shop accordingly to avoid eating ready meals.
6. Replace sugary fizzy drinks with water.
7. Give up smoking
8. Reduce alcohol consumption
9. Replace sweet treats and desserts with fresh fruit. Aim to eat five fruits and vegetables a day.
10. Exercise, walk, swim, jog at least 30 minutes each day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Its important to eat a healthy breakfast as it will stop you getting sugar cravings mid morning. Eat porridge, granola or low fat cereals with less sugar. If you don't have time for breakfast the best thing to do is to make a smoothie to take with you.

At the weekend add to your shopping list the fruits and vegetables listed below. They are so that you can create single portion smoothie mixes to keep in your freezer ready to blend in the morning.



Fruits / Vegetables

Seeds/ Berries /Nuts

Milks/ Liquids

Spices / Sweeteners

Mango
Pineapple
Bananas
Apples
Pears
Peaches
Melons
Baby Spinach
Kale
Avocado
Kiwi Fruit
Plums
Berries
Sharon Fruit
White Cabbage
Beetroot
Cauliflower
Cucumber
Carrots
Celery
Coconut
Lemon
Lime
Oranges 
Fresh Ginger
Fresh Turmeric
Pumpkin seeds
Chia Seeds
Flax Seeds
Goji Berries
Golden Berries
Almonds
Cashew nuts
Oats

Soya Milk
Almond Milk
Water
Coconut Milk
Coconut water
Rice Milk
Yoghurt
Hemp Milk
Fresh Juice
Ice cubes
Nutmeg
Cardamom
All Spice
Cinnamon
Maple Syrup
Honey
Agave Nectar
Dates
Stevia
Cocoa



To make your smoothie freezer mixes:

1. Peel, cut and dice the fruits and vegetables into one inch pieces. 
2. Peel the root ginger and turmeric and cut it into small 1 cm pieces.(You only need a very small amount of this to add to your mix)
3.Once the fruit is cut, select 3-4 fruits and vegetable combinations from the above list. There is no strict ratio but I usually select the main fruit and make it to 1 cup, add 1/2 cup second fruit, and then 1/4 cup of vegetable such as spinach, kale, cucumber, celery or cabbage and put them into a zip lock bag. If you like you can add a cm cube of turmeric or ginger too. 
4. Make up all the pouches and label the zip lock bags to say what ingredients are in them and add a date. The best thing to do is to let your family add their own choice combinations into a zip lock bag to make individual smoothie servings. Label each bag with their name and what fruits are in them. 
5. Place the zip lock bags into the freezer ready for use.
6. To make the smoothie in the morning take a smoothie mix from the freezer and add it to the Optimum 9400 Blender or any other heavy duty blender, select or two ingredients from the seeds, berries and nut column and add it to the fruit, now select a liquid from the liquid column and add 50ml  to the blender. Finally choose a sweeter or spice and add a tiny bit to the blender, This is optional.
7. Blend the smoothie and pour into a onthego cup and your smoothie is ready.

There is no hard and fast rules about the combinations of fruits and vegetables you can choose but below are some suggestions.

  • Pear and Pineapple and Ginger
  • Mixed summer Berries (strawberries, blackberries and raspberries)  cabbage, banana,
  • Kiwi, cucumber and kale
  • Beetroot, carrot and Orange
  • Sharon fruit, lime and Orange
  • Melon, raspberries and banana
  • Avocado, spinach and pineapple
  • Red apple, beetroot and ginger
  • Mango, turmeric and pineapple
  • Kale, apple and melon
  • Spinach, celery and cucumber
  • Peaches, apple and ginger 
  • Banana, avocado
  • Blue berries apple and ginger



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To make the smoothies you will need together with all the ingredients a heavy duty blender. This is important as the fruits are frozen and budget blenders will not be able to blend frozen fruits.

I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400 or Nutri Force Extractor. Both Blenders are capable of blending frozen fruit and give you the correct texture. They are both easy to clean and maintain too.

The Optimum 9400 is curently on offer for £299 and the Nutri Force Extractor is on offer for £189 . Froothie also offer 0% finance on products over £ 299 and only require a 10% deposit. That's not all, the fab people at Froothie are offering you lovely readers FREE DELIVERY too (for a limited time).  Just use this code 1572 FREE AMBASSADOR DELIVERY in the comments box when making your purchase, the delivery charge will then be refunded.


You will also need something to put your smoothie in such as on the go cups, mason jars with lids, glass bottles with lids and also straws. 

Although this sounds like an investment, it's totally worth it, think of the money you will save when you make your own smoothie. One single shop bought smoothie can cost up to two pounds and it also has many sugars and additives in it. For a fraction of this price you can make your own smoothie at home.


Tip: Buy bulk packs of fruits that are value for money. Also stock up on seasonal fruits. Shop at market stalls they often reduce berries etc at the end of the day as they often have short shelf life.Since we are freezing the fruit it does not matter if its a little over ripe. On average I worked out that one serving sometimes even two smoothie on the go costs less than 50p to make at home.




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