Peachey Keen Breakfast Smoothie

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I have a habit of thinking of recipes and ideas of posts when I am trying to fall asleep. I don’t know why but it’s like my inner genius seems to awaken just when I am about to knock off for the day. Which is really annoying you know because I nearly always seem to forget them as soon as I wake up. Gahhh! #thestruggles

But for some unknown reason I happened to remember last nights Einstein antics and as soon as I woke up I just knew I had to make a peach smoothie. And more importantly, it would be called a ‘Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie’ but obviously that name didn’t get used (I have outlined why below), however I did make a pretty mean smoothie.

There are four reasons why I did not use that name (in list style, because I like lists):

  1. I realised that my idea of a healthy ‘Peaches n Cream Smoothie’ was a little bit boring. I mean, peach, yogurt, milk and honey….c’mon you can do better than that!
  2. Carrying on from that point, I started adding a bazillion other ingredients to the smoothie and I got a bit carried away, which meant that it wasn’t really your typical ‘Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie’ anymore due to all the add-ins.
  3. I also wanted to make the smoothie a bit more filling and balanced, which was another reason why I added so many other things to it, along with making it taste better too!
  4. But above all else you must know one more thing: one of my biggest pet peeves is when people say or write things that are grammatically incorrect. Sure, I do it every now and then but some people do it all the time and it really gets to me, ya know. Which is totally ironic and all too funny considering I was going to name this smoothie ‘Peaches n’ Cream’, which is actually grammatically incorrect (if you haven’t already guessed) because the plural of peach is peach not peaches. Just like fish people, it’s not fishesss!!! Yeah…..that one really gets to me. Also, when people say thinks like me and mum instead of mum and I or write your instead of you’re, don’t even get me started on that……but I’m getting carried away now. That’s a story for another time!

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So, what was I saying, ah yes, the smoothie, that’s right!

This is a great breakfast smoothie because it’s equally tasty, quick and nutritious. Plus, you get your two serves of fruit nice and easy in the morning, loads of calcium thanks to the yogurt and honey (which is important for strong bones to prevent osteoporosis), some good fats from the coconut and macadamias, complex carbohydrates from the rolled oats and antioxidants from the cardamom, cinnamon and chia seeds, which also offer a wealth of other nutrients! Oh, and if you use Greek yogurt you also get a hit of protein! The combination of these nutrients mean that this smoothie is both filling (yet, not heavy) and energizing for the day ahead of you!

 

Recipe

Peachey Keen Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 small peaches, chopped
  • 2 large tablespoons natural or Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Handful each of shredded coconut, macadamias and rolled oats
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • Cardamom, cinnamon, to taste
  • Ice (optional)

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender except for the cardamom, cinnamon and ice. Blend until fully combined. If needed add some more milk to the mixture. Add in the cardamom, cinnamon and ice and blend again, until all the ice is crushed and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and serve.

Notes:

  • You can experiment with the different types of fruit you use. I recommend nectarine, mango, apple, berries and bananas! Make the most of the fresh seasonal produce!

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Remember, healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard…..sometimes it’s best to keep it simple, stupid!

 

Tanisha xx

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No-bake Healthy GF Muesli Bars

Gluten free, refined sugar free and bursting with the yummy goodness of puffed rice, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, honey and nut butter. These are the perfect bars to have as a pre or post-workout snack or just whenever!

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Who remembers LCM’s?

Yes, those deliciously addictive, sweet and crunchy rice-based bars that almost every kid at school had. Except for me. Hah!

Back in the day I always longed to sink my lips (lips?! ….that doesn’t make any sense) teeth into one of those sweet, sweet bars just so I could see what they tasted like, but whenever I nagged my mum (which I think only occurred twice) to buy my sister and I some she would always reply with a persistent no. IMG_7247

Looking back now though, I understand why she said no…..those bars are certainly not the best snack a growing girl should be eating! Full of sugar and fat, plus heaps of other things I can’t pronounce. Just look at the ingredients list: Rice Bubbles® (41%)(whole white rice, sugar, salt, barley malt extract), glucose, fructose, hydrogenated soyabean oil (antioxidants [304, 307b]), sugar, glucose solids, invert sugar, humectant (glycerol), gelatin, flavour, salt, emulsifiers (472e, 472a), skim milk powder.

WOW. Thank you mum! Who cares anyway…..she made a pretty mean raspberry and chocolate muffin instead, which was so good I completely forgot about the stupid LCM bar for another day.

Anyway, the point of this nostalgic story is simply that these bars remind me so much of LCM’s. Although they’re about 10x healthier and probably much more tastier too. To be honest the only ingredient these two bars have in common is the puffed rice but I think I’ll keep it at that.

 

No-bake GF Muesli Bars

Makes roughly 30 small squares

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups puffed rice
  • ¼ cup almonds*
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • About 7 medjool dates, chopped (3/4 cup)*
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup nut butter**
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Line a 28cm x 18cm baking pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients (except the nut butter and honey) and mix to combine.
  3. Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add the nut butter and honey. Stir the mixture until it is fully combined and melted. There should be no lumps. Add in the vanilla extract and stir until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture (puffed rice) and mix thoroughly until the dry mixture is completely covered in the wet mixture.
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and spread evenly.
  6. Freeze pan for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and cut into pieces.
  7. Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes:

  • Recipe adapted from The Worktop
  • *You can swap and change with whatever kind of nuts and dried fruit you have but I really recommend using almonds and medjool dates.
  • **You can use whatever kind of nut butter you like. I used peanut butter just because that was all I had in the pantry but the original recipe called for almond butter.

 

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So lets talk about puffed rice. Never heard of it before? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either until a few weeks ago. That was until my mum and I came across this really cool health food grocer called The Angry Almond, which sells bulk health food products, dried fruit, beans and pulses, plus oats and heaps of other good stuff. And it’s actually a really reasonable price! Win!

 

So anyway, whilst we were perusing the aisles I came across some puffed rice. I had never seen nor heard of it before but I just knew I had to buy it. And so I did. Then after that, it kind of got left in the back of the pantry for a few weeks before I finally decided to get it out and do some research to find out what I could make with it. That’s when I saw Tina’s recipe for Healthy No-bake Puffed Cereal Bars and I just knew I had to give it a go.

And you can guess what happened from there…..

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Bye for now, whilst I just chow down on half the batch.

 

Tanisha xx