Post-Election Wake-Up Nectarine Smoothie/ Dessert

28863056_UnknownThis lovely smooth nectarine chia pudding was just what I needed the morning after the General Election when I felt exhausted and strung out after all the highs and lows of the long night before. I needed energy, but most of all something to give me a lift. Like the rest of the country, I didn’t know which end was up and needed the certainty and stability (sic*) of a reliably healthy, and refreshing breakfast to keep me going through the inevitable long drawn-out hours of bemused debate and analysis to come, while everyone figured out who was running the country (we’re still not sure!).

It can be served in a glass as a smoothie for breakfast or with slightly thicker consistency in a dish for dessert.

I’m not sure why I’m publishing it so long after the election, I think I thought there were rather too many smoothies stacked up together or it may be because the weather got so cold I thought soup was more appropriate!

Anyway, here it is:

If you use frozen fruit it will be thicker and chilled, lovely for a warm day or to perk you up in the morning, or just use more or less coconut water for the desired consistency.

We had some lovely juicy nectarines in our organic veg box recently and whilst I normally prefer to eat them as is (despite the juice inevitably dribbling down my top!), a couple were becoming over-ripe in the fruit bowl and were sliced up & frozen, so I decided to put one in this smoothie. They were small, so we used just half a medium banana to go with it.

This pudding has lots of healthy ingredients and beneficial nutrients: protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamins A, B, C, E, omega oils, probiotics, fibre to name but a few.

Ingredients – Serves 1

(Vegan, Glutenfree, Organic)

1 Nectarine (fresh or frozen)

Half Medium Banana (fresh or frozen)

2 Tbsps Plain Live Yogurt of your choice

1 Heaped Tbsp Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds**

1 Tbsp Buckwheat Flakes

1 Tbsp ground Golden Linseeds**

Small to Medium Glass Unsweetened Coconut Water

1/2 Tbsp Baobab Powder**

Blend for about 40 seconds and serve, sprinkled with a few chia seeds or a slice of nectarine.

*For the non-Brits, ‘Strong and Stable’ was the Tories’ campaign mantra.

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**See also: Three Cheers for Chias! What Are Chia Seeds & How Do I Use Them? Recipes included

Golden Linseeds (aka Flax Seeds): The Original Superfood?

The Benefits of Baobab, a Fruity Protein Smoothie + Review of Aduna Bars.

 

Copyright: Chris McGowan

Summer Lovin’ Fruit Smoothie!

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I LOVE summer fruits! They are here and gone all too soon. Normally I eat them as they are, all soft and ripe and oozing with juice,  or at most, chopped into a summer fruit salad with coconut yogurt and cinnamon. Today, however, I had an under-ripe nectarine, an over-ripe plum and a small galia melon that was on its way to becoming alcoholic!

Into the blender they went.

(This is a smoothie you can drink, no cutlery needed this time!)

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Ingredients

(All organic, vegan and gluten-free)

Soak a heaped Tbsp of Buckwheat Flakes in the blender

with

1 Small Glass Chi Coconut Water – unsweetened –

while you get the other items ready.

1/2 Small Ripe Galia Melon, deseeded and flesh chopped

(Squeeze the juice from the skin into the blender – waste not, want not!)

1 Nectarine, pitted and chopped

1 Plum, pitted and chopped

Small handful of Cashew Nut Pieces

(Cashew nuts contain magnesium which helps you relax and lifts your mood)

Heaped Tbsp CoYo Plain Coconut Yogurt

Blend and serve.

You could try adding a pinch of Cinnamon or Ground Ginger, if liked.

Here’s some summer lovin’ with John Travolta & Olivia Neutron Bomb! (If you’re reading this via email, you need to click onto the blog to see the video).

Copyright: Chris McGowan