Super Green Morning Smoothie

This super green, high protein morning smoothie is packed with goodness, which will allow you to really kick start your day.

This super green, high protein morning smoothie is packed with goodness, which will allow you to really kick start your day.Every single ingredient brings something to the table:

Water – essential for good hydration; promotes weight loss and helps to flush out the toxins from our body.

Spinach – not only is it high in proteins and fibre but it is also loaded with microelements and vitamins like A, B6, C, E and K just to name a few.

Kiwi – with its low GI, high fibre content and alkaline properties kiwi is a perfect morning fruit, which adds tonnes of vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants into the mixture.

Matcha – super high in antioxidants helps to increase our energy levels, endurance and concentration but at the same time, promotes calmness and relaxation.

Wheatgrass – it contains chlorophyll, which is a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier; additionally it contains all minerals known to man, as well as many other vitamins.

Chia seeds – low calories, high in fibre and proteins, just what you need in the morning.

Protein powder – well this one is optional but if like me, you are struggling with food in the morning, I would highly suggest adding some into your smoothie to boost your protein intake, which will help with metabolism and keep you fuller for longer.

So let’s mix!

This super green, high protein morning smoothie is packed with goodness, which will allow you to really kick start your day.Ingredients:

  • 250ml filtered water*
  • 1 large organic kiwi; peeled and halved
  • 1 scoop of diet whey protein powder**
  • 1 large handful of fresh organic spinach***
  • 1tsp organic chia seeds
  • 1/2tsp organic matcha
  • 1/2tsp organic wheatgrass

*as its winter time I don’t like my smoothie too cold in the morning so I don’t use chilled water, but come the warmer weather, you can use chilled water or reduce the amount of water and add a good handful of ice cubes on top

**I like strawberry flavour from PhD

***frozen would work great too

Method:

Well, you will need a blender, a high power one would be ideal.

Simply pop all the ingredients into the blender bowl, starting with water, pop the lid on and blend.

I start with variable 1, turn it to 10 and then swap too high for around 10 seconds or so. In this time frame, my Vitamix will have blended everything nicely, including the chia seeds and kiwi pips.

This super green, high protein morning smoothie is packed with goodness, which will allow you to really kick start your day.Serve and enjoy!

This super green, high protein morning smoothie is packed with goodness, which will allow you to really kick start your day.

Berry Morning Breakfast Smoothie

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.The recipe came to be as an experiment, which actually wasn’t my doing. My brother in law (almost) decided to treat us to one of his creations for a change… rummaging through the freezer in search of some frozen pure fruit juice ice cubes, which I’d just run out of evidently… he came across something else hiding in the bottom shelf… a Bountry ice-cream… well it was an unexpected choice but it worked so well. Since then we have replicated the smoothie many times and each time it offers the same wonderful experience.

Berry Morning Breakfast SmoothieThe smoothie will surprise you with its flavour depth. The Bounty totally takes it to the next level. When you think about it there isn’t really so much chocolate in it but its flavour comes through as a final note. First you get hit with the sharp berries mixed with a hint of coconut sweetness, then you should be able to taste the peaches followed by a distinctly chocolate finish… very complex and very unusual. I would really love to know your thoughts if you decide to try it.

Berry Morning Breakfast SmoothieI make it as a smoothie but if you wish you can always reduce the amount of coconut water or even skip it entirely and use it as your morning smoothie bowl… just add some cereal, nuts or top up with more whole fruits.

Anyways how to make this divine breakfast…

Ingredients:

  • 250g organic blackberries
  • 3 large ripe organic peaches
  • 1 large organic apple
  • Handful of organic raspberries
  • Handful of organic blueberries
  • 250ml organic chilled low fat blueberry yogurt
  • 150ml organic chilled coconut water
  • 1 Bounty ice-cream

Method:

Wash all fruit. De-stone peaches and pop everything into your blender. I personally do not peel or remove apple core but you can do it if you wish.

Add yogurt, coconut water and blend until semi-smooth.

Pop the lid open and add frozen Bounty ice-cream, shut the lid and blend until smooth.

Simple.

Serve and enjoy!

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.

Chocolate, Nuts & Banana Bites

Chocolate, Nuts & Banana BitesDo you remember the “Go On It’s Healthy” cookbook review that I wrote just a few days ago? I had picked a few recipes which I really wanted to try but as it ended up I had none of the ingredients with which to make any of them. I almost made some superfood chocolate bark but upon looking for the final ingredient it started to look like someone had “hoovered” all the cranberries.

I was determine to make something new, so next I settled on some Wholemeal Banana Flatbread Bites; the only problem being once again I had no necessary ingredients; out of the main ingredients all I had were some bananas… a total fail… It was time for plan B and a round of the replacement game as trip to the store was not an option at the time.

The original recipe called for wholemeal tortilla wraps, tahini, date syrup and bananas… all I had were bananas… and a whole pantry of other ingredients to play with… so if you want to try my version of banana bites you will need:

Ingredients per person:

Method:

Chop the nuts very finely or if you prefer (like me) just pop them into a food processor. You want to achieve a coarse nut dust. I used both almonds and pistachios as I had just received a lovely parcel full of nuts from Wonderful but you can use one or another or even replace them with a different nuts like pecans or walnuts.

Preheat a heavy bottom frying pan (I used cast iron) and warm your chapattis for 30 seconds on each side.

Place the warm chappati on a cutting board. Add a thin layer of Nutella (one table spoon per chapatti seems just right) and sprinkle with you nut dusting.

Peel a banana and place just a little off centre, then roll up tightly.

Cut into thick slices, add wooden toothpick in case they aren’t staying rolled up and enjoy!

Chocolate, Nuts and Banana BitesMy Chocolate, Nuts & Banana BitesI wasn’t sure if my creation would be nice but as it ended up it was extremely pleasant.
I know it is not as healthy an option as the original recipe but it is coming pretty close.
Chapatti flour which chapattis are made from is good source of fibre and it is low in sugar, which we will get more than enough of from the Nutella; bananas are great source of potassium and don’t even get me started on nuts… we all know that nuts are great for us and to make things even better almonds have the lowest calorie count within all the nuts… except for chestnuts 🙂

Do you play the ingredients replacement game at times or do you prefer to follow each recipe to the letter?

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BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon #NationalBreakfastWeek

#NationalBreakfastWeek - BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon

“I know family comes first, but shouldn’t that mean after breakfast?”
Jeff Lindsay, Dearly Devoted Dexter

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so many of us are neglecting it… me included. I try to have breakfast but most days a cup of coffee keeps me going until lunch or even dinner time. I know this is not a good idea but… I try my best to remember about breakfast, especially this week…

In celebration of #NationalBreakfastWeek I decided to “play” with the BFree range.

BFree was developed to bring tasty, ‘good for you’ breads to the market.

Often, people avoid bread or feel poorly after having a sandwich and this may be due to sensitivities to wheat or gluten. There is No Guilt associated with eating BFree as the nutritional composition of our products is Extraordinary!

When wheat is removed from bread products, it is as if the ‘scaffolding’ that holds the structure together is pulled apart. BFree has developed a recipe and composition that replaces the gluten and wheat and with natural ingredients…

BFree range includes: soft white loaf, brown seeded loaf, brown seeded rolls, white rolls, plain bagels, multi-seed bagels, multigrain wraps and fajita kit. You can find some BFree products in Asda and their full range can be purchased from Ocado.

But… back to my breakfast…

Bagels with smoked salmon have a very sentimental value for me. When I first came to the UK, I used to live close to Gants Hill in London. There was this small bakery on my way to the tube station and every morning I would buy myself breakfast from them – a cup of coffee and a bagel with salmon. After a few months I moved and it was bye, bye to my favourite breakfast… so now from time to time I prepare it at home… it is never the same but… close enough.

So what will you need to create Bagels with Smoked Salmon (besides the obvious?)

  • BFree bagels (I used plain ones)
  • Good quality smoked salmon
  • Salted butter
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh lemon

Now all you need is to put all together.

Cut the bagels in half. If you like, toast them but I like my ones as they come from the pack.

“Apply” a generous amount of butter, don’t miss the corners!

What?!?! 😉 What corners?!?! Lol

Carefully add the smoked salmon.

Grind some fresh pepper all over your creation.

Finish with a squeeze from half a fresh lemon; just a little; just to give that extra bite.

Make a cuppa of your favourite beverage, find a place in the warm with a view of something green, and enjoy a me moment.

#NationalBreakfastWeek BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon

What’s your favourite breakfast?

Did you make something special in celebration of #NationalBreakfastWeek?

What’s Cooking – Breakfast Cheese and Onion Rolls

What’s Cooking – Breakfast Cheese and Onion Rolls

This is a special request recipe.

A good friend of mine (Paul yes that would be you), saw one of my posts in which I described what we were cooking when Iwona from Smakowite Jadlo was here… one of the items on the menu were Breakfast Cheese and Onion Rolls. Apparently he searched for the full recipe in hope of baking some, but the recipe was nowhere to be found… not surprised really as I never actually posted it… ooops. Anyway when I saw him last time he was clearly not impressed with me or my omission, so here you go Paul – this is especially for you 🙂

Breakfast Cheese and Onions Rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 2tbsp flour
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 20g fresh yeast
  • 125ml milk

Additional:

  • 300g flour
  • 2tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 egg yolk for egg wash

Stuffing:

  • 2 large onions
  • 100g cheese
  • Pinch of marjoram
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Pepper to taste
  • Butter for frying

Method:

Combine the fresh yeast with sugar, 2tbsp of flour and 125ml of milk and mix well in order to remove all lumps. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place to begin to rise for 15-20 minutes.

Gently melt the butter and combine with the eggs and whisk.

Into a large bowl put 300g of flour, the lightly beaten egg/butter mix, a pinch of salt as well as the starter dough and start to combine to form a ball of dough.

Knead the dough in the bowl until it doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. Form a nice ball, cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for around 1 hour to rise.

Whilst the dough is raising this is the perfect time to prepare the stuffing.

Chop the onions into small pieces and fry slightly in some butter on a low heat. Do not let them change colour we just want to soften them.

Grate the cheese. The cheese will define flavour of your rolls so pick something you like and enjoy. We went for a lovely Swedish cheese from Västerbottensost.

Chop the herbs if you are using fresh ones.

Go make a cup of tea and relax for a while.

Breakfast Cheese and Onion Rolls.

When the dough has doubled in size remove from the bowl and place on a lightly dusted surface and work it a little with your hands. When ready roll out to achieve a thin flat base, ideally in the shape of a rectangular. Spread your onions evenly on top of the dough and then sprinkle with grated cheese. Add spices/herbs to taste but be very careful with the salt. If your cheese is quite strong tasting I would advice to skip the salt all together.

Now you need to roll everything up into a log. Starting with the long side, use a palette knife to raise the edge so you can grab it. Fold it over on top and then with flat hands gently roll it all up.

Breakfast Cheese and Onion Rolls

With a sharp knife cut the log into small slices roughly a couple of cm wide and place into a baking frame. Again cover with a damp cloth and set aside to rise for another 15-20 minutes.

Paint all the tops with some egg wash and bake in the middle of the oven you preheated earlier to 180C, for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm.

What’s Cooking - Breakfast Cheese and Onion Rolls

*Pictures credit: Iwona from Smakowite Jadlo