Christmas Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie tastes just like Christmas. Sooo delicious and my new favourite smoothie choice for this time of year. If you’re already starting to feel the affects of the cold weather or you have some serious Christmas parties happening this smoothie will really help you out.

Literally whizz up the following ingredients in a blender and voila.

Serves 2

2 heaped tablespoons of natural live yoghurt

2 bananas

1 teaspoon of Grated ginger

1 teaspoon of Cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder

1 tablespoon of honey

300ml of Almond milk

And then just whizz up in the blender.

I’ve had this two days in a row now just because it’s so tasty. Let me know if you give this a try.

Love Lea xx

Easy Peasy Pancakes

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•PANCAKES•

I seriously LOVE these pancakes. I saw a similar recipe a while back and I’ve been making variations ever since. The core ingredients of this pancake is one mashed banana and one egg. Sometimes I add cinnamon to the mixture, sometimes mashed raspberries, just depends how I feel and what’s in the cupboards. Really quick, really easy and really tasty!!

Recipe

Mash one banana in a bowl, fold in 1 egg to the banana mix, add a teaspoon of cinnamon (if you fancy). Melt a spoonful of coconut oil in a pan. Add pancake mixture to the pan, cook on both sides. Plate it up, add a drizzle of lemon, (sometimes I also add a drizzle of 100% maple syrup), dollop or drizzle on cashew nut butter (@meridianfoods or @pipandnut or make your own) & then berries of your choice 👌

You’ll be making these all the time. You’re welcome 🙂

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Nutmeg Pecan Granola

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Nutmeg Pecan Granola

I can’t believe I haven’t made granola until now! I love granola but shop bought granola is filled with so much refined sugar and other additives. This is so easy to make and if you make a big batch and put it in an airtight container it will last a few weeks. If you do make a batch of it you have a really easy and healthy breakfast on hand for when time is tight. You can add almond milk for a delicious cereal in the morning or add it to natural yogurt and berries for a delicious snack or dessert. Full of protein, omega-3 and vitamin E, not to mention other great mineral sources, and the slow burning fibre in the oats will ensure you’re full until lunch! I will be having this tomorrow morning : )

Ingredients

1 cup of pecans

1/2 cup of almonds

1/2 cup of hazelnuts

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

1 cup of oats

4 tablespoons of honey

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 teaspoons nutmeg

Method

This is so easy to make and sooo yummy. Melt the coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat and then add the honey. Take off the heat and literally just add all the dry ingredients and stir until it is covered in the sticky mixture. Transfer the mixture to a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes on 180c. Make sure you give the ingredients a stirred so that all the mixture gets toasted and make sure it doesn’t burn.

Take from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled you can transfer to an airtight container.

I hope you like!

Healthy Pancakes

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Spinach, banana and oat Pancakes

These pancakes are delicious, and with Pancake Day fast approaching you can indulge as much as you like because they are full of goodness.
Made from oats, banana and spinach, so if you eat too many of these the only thing you’ll be gaining is nutrients! I love these pancakes, and they really do taste better than they look and sound.

Spinach is packed full of health boosting nutrients – one cup of spinach gives you TEN TIMES your recommended daily amount of vitamin K. I had never really heard of vitamin K until Amelie was born, and then suddenly I was very aware of how important it was. It helps keep your bones strong and healthy and maintains healthy blood sugar regulation. It’s also packed with vitamin A which helps to build your body’s immunity against infection as well as promoting strong and healthy skin, hair and nails! Other nutrients include iron, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, B vitamins, fibre and protein all working to keep your body healthy and disease free.

Serves 6 pancakes

-1 banana
– 1 egg
– 2 tablespoons of organic oats
– 1 handful of spinach
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder (get gluten free)
– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil ( for cooking)

Topping
– 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt
– some blueberries
– some raspberries
– a drizzle of 100% maple syrup (check nothing nasty has been added)

Slice the banana and put into a blender or food processor. Add the oats, spinach, cinnamon, baking powder, and egg to the blender and whizz for a minute or two.

In a frying pan you need to melt the coconut oil on a medium to high heat. Add roughly two tablespoons of your pancake mix to the frying pan. The mixture isn’t as runny as your normal pancake mix so with the back of the spoon you’ll need to spread the mixture a little. However, don’t spread the mixture too thinly. When the pancakes are bubbling, flip them over.

You then need to top your pancakes with yogurt, berries and maple syrup. So tasty – enjoy!!!

I’ll be making these on Pancake Day : )

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Strawberry and Banana Nice-cream Chia Sundae

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Strawberry and Banana Nice-cream Chia Sundae

A dessert reminiscent of summertime – Nice-cream Chia Sundae. It’s called nice-cream because the texture is like ice-cream but all the ingredients are natural, so they’re nice to your body. I had this for breakfast this morning. It was meant to be for dessert tonight but I got too excited – I know – I’m sad and need to get out more!

There is a little bit prep to this but it’s so easy to make and packed with goodness… Check my ingredients page for the health benefits of the ingredients I used!

Making nice-cream

2 bananas

Half a dozen strawberries (mine were quite large)

I also used 1 teaspoon Maca powder (@organicburst) but that’s not essential.

Slice your bananas and strawberries and put them in the freezer overnight or the best part of the day. Once they are frozen put your frozen fruits in a blender. Blend until smooth and resembling the texture of ice-cream. You may have to keep stopping the blender and pushing the ingredients down. But once it’s smooth you have your nice-cream. It’s as simple as that!

Making Chia Pudding

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

2 tablespoons of natural yogurt or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk 

Mix the above ingredients together, place in a bowl, leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours. The chia seeds will expand : )

Creating the Sundae

To bring the sundae together I scooped the chia seed pudding I had soaked overnight into a bowl. I then made a layer of pumpkin seeds and pistachio nuts on top of my chia seeds. I then filled the rest of the bowl with my strawberry and banana nice-cream. I topped it off with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut and a few more pistachio nuts. So easy and so good for you – protein, omega 3, fibre, potassium, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc!

The best part of the pudding was when the nice-cream began to mix with the chia seed pudding, it had a lovely creamy texture with a subtle nutty flavour.

Have a go, eat and enjoy guilt free and let me know what you think!

Xx

Oat sooo simples

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Oats
Anyone that follows my Instagram will see that I love oats for breakfast. Not only are they the most simple thing to make they are also delicious, really nutritious and so versatile. They are packed with so much fibre they will keep you full up for longer, helping to avoid any sugar crashes that leave you sluggish and potentially grabbing more sugar or caffeine, a cycle I found extremely hard to get out of. They will move through your digestive system so effectively, helping to reduce the amount of time harmful bacteria lingers in the bowel. They contain beta-glucan, which studies have shown to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of high blood pressure and will boost your immune system helping you to fight bacterial infection. Other benefits include selenium which is great for cell repair, fighting and preventing cancers and also dementia.

Try and get organic oats that have nothing else added to them. I cook my oats in almond milk to make a delicious creamy porridge, put them in my fruit smoothies or even use them to make treats and desserts. Below are some extra things you could add to your porridge for an extra dose of goodness:

  • Almonds – source of protein, vitamin E, magnesium and heart healthy fats.
  • Pecans – great source of vitamin E which will give you healthier hair and skin, also monounsaturated fats to keep your heart healthy.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – high in antioxidants, full of zinc and protein.
  • Flaxseed – high in omega 3 and fibre.
  • Fresh Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) – high antioxidants, vitamin C, maganese.
  • Goji Berries – high in antioxidants, vitamin C, loaded with beta-carotene (promoting healthy glowing skin), and fibre.
  • Banana – lots of potassium to keep the heart healthy, high in fibre and also improve the absorption of calcium in the body.
  • Cacao – raw cacao is full of iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and fibre. Just stir one or two tablespoons in your porridge for some chocolate oaty goodness.
  • Honey – a natural tasty sweetener! Try replacing man-made, processed, empty calories in your diet with a natural sweetener. Honey will boost your immune system, fight bacteria and give you energy.

Oats are great for all the family, although Amelie managed to kick hers out of my hand this morning and they ended up on the new rug!

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