Hope you’re all fine and dandy.
Now that I’ve finished with the Geneva travel diary series, I’m back on to the usual recipe sharing… =)
Let’s talk summer, it’s getting warmer, the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, BBQs are out aaaand there’s lots of fresh produce to be had! It’s no secret that I absolutely love fruit and there’s so much great British stuff up for grabs at the moment. Berries galore, asparagus, peaches (not strictly British), apricots, rhubarb… I could go on. And, I don’t know about you guys, but in the summer, I really start to crave, lighter, fresher foods.
I often get ahead of myself and buy more than I need so freezing leftovers then whirling up a smoothie is a great way to ensure nothing goes to waste. It makes a great breakfast, cos they’re so quick and easy. I thought I’d switch it up from the norm a little though and try something new… Smoothie bowls seem to be the latest trend on the interwebs. They’re all the rage in the States by the sounds of things, and here in the UK, we’re always trailing a bit behind. To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure how I felt about eating my smoothie with a spoon like a cold soup and not slurping it straight out of a straw, you know? But I don’t like to rule anything out without trying, and so I knocked together this little number, and, whilst I probably won’t be replacing my tumblers / glasses anytime soon, I can still get down with these.
This delicious summery breakfast also comes with a heap of benefits, each ingredient loaded with goodness:
- Chia – Something of a South American superfood, high in omega 3s, protein and fibre. These tiny seeds expand in your stomach, keeping you fuller for longer…
- Berries – Naturally full of antioxidants and vitamin C. So good for your hair and skin. I believe there’s some research to show that they help with diabetes and cognition function. Personally, I’m sold on the flavour alone.
- Coconut milk – Lactose-free and suitable for vegans, this stuff adds a wonderful creamy element to smoothies. It’s high in iron and a medley of vitamins and minerals. (Anyone else remember singing this song in primary school? No? Just me?)
- Coconut water – Everyone is all over this at the moment, I’ve seen that Innocent have also launched coconut water cartons. It’s great for hydration and contains essential electrolytes.
- Granola – Full of dietary fibre and rolled oats release energy slowly, keeping you going for longer. I used granola some with chocolate and macadamia nuts, helloooo serotonin, protein and good fats!
- Honey – I’ve heard of honey being referred to as liquid gold in the past, and if that doesn’t speak for itself, then consider it a quick and natural energy booster with anti-allergenic properties. Goodbyeeeee, hay fever?! (Some people swear by it, others say it’s a bit of a myth. I’ll try it and let you know my thoughts!) I guess you could also substitute in some banana in here instead, but the scent of bananas alone grosses me out.
So uh, healthy, nutritious and delicious, what are you waiting for?!
- 150g frozen mixed berries (I used this blend from Tesco – raspberries, cherries, red currants, black currants, strawberries and blackberries)
- Juice of half an orange
- 50ml coconut water
- 85ml coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- A handful of granola, fresh berries and chia seeds to serve.
- Add the berries, orange juice, coconut water, coconut milk and honey to your blender and blitz until combined.
- Pour into a bowl and top with granola, chia seeds and fresh berries before drizzling over a spoonful of coconut milk.
- Serve immediately.