February 15, 2015
I’ve added a new smoothie to my morning routine lately and here it is – my Quinoa Berry Smoothie. This smoothie is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, low fat and made from all organic ingredients. I just love the colour of this smoothie. It’s so pretty!
I saw my Naturopath, the lovely Holly, earlier in the week and we spoke about how I am probably eating too much fat at the moment, leading to an unbalanced ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids in my diet. After doing a quick meal plan of what I’ve been eating, we realised that I have been eating lots of healthy, plant-based fats in my meals and snacks. My skin has been inflamed lately (which is not making me happy) and we are experimenting to see if the amount of fat in my diet is the cause of the inflammation. So, I’m doing a two week fat elimination cleanse, after which time we will slowly reintroduce fats back into my eating regime to see how much fat is healthy for me.
What does all of this mean? It means that I’ve had to change the way I prepare most of my food at the moment and this includes my favourite meal of the day – my morning smoothie. Instead of adding avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds or peanut butter, I’m now adding quinoa flakes. The quinoa flakes thicken my Quinoa Berry Smoothie nicely and provide extra fuel to keep me going until late morning, so it’s perfect for the days when I’m running about with the kids or busy with my morning work routine. It’s very simple to make and tastes great too.
I have used lots of fruit in this recipe and the frozen organic mixed berries give the smoothie a wonderful deep pink colour that I love. It just screams ‘Drink me!’ I also add Amazonia Raw Protein vanilla flavour for extra plant-based protein. This protein powder is made from bio-fermented pea and brown rice powder, so I find it’s a really nice alternative to whey protein powders that seem to dominate the protein powder space, which are not suitable for anyone following a non-dairy or vegan lifestyle. I also really like this protein powder because it is sweetened with stevia, so it adds extra sweetness to my smoothie.
So, here it is…my Quinoa Berry Smoothie. Ready in minutes. Full of flavour and goodness. One of my new breakfast smoothies for the next two weeks and beyond.
May 29, 2016
I have got the most amazingly delicious gluten free, dairy free and cane sugar free chocolate slice recipe for you. Say hello to my Cacao Almond Slice! This was one of the first recipes I ever created over three years ago and I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you. My bad!
May 20, 2016
It’s time to crack out the lamb shank recipes! I love this Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potato creation. It is really simple to make and full of wholesome ingredients and fragrant spices to make your mouth water. The smells in the kitchen while its cooking are divine.
May 17, 2016
I’m a massive fan of home made almond milk. It tastes great and it’s so simple to make with just two ingredients! It wins hands down in any competition against the store bought varieties of almond milk. It contains a greater proportion of almonds to water, it has no nasty additives, preservatives or thickeners, and …