I generally see my self as a pretty healthy person. I drink water all day long, I exercise daily, I eat my greens and devour fruit. I don’t eat meat and I barely eat dairy. Smoothies are a daily routine. I don’t feel under the weather often. But every few months, when the seasons turn, my weak spot takes a hit. The hit comes out as a cold or cough, or both, and sometimes it can take me a while to shift it. This cold and flu busting citrus smoothie is a daily ritual when this lurgy comes knocking. I keep a batch in the fridge and guzzle some down every morning. Read more
Wow, what a weekend. I am sat here at 8pm with all the windows and doors wide open and I’m still too hot. A weekend of sunshine and warm weather hit the UK this weekend. We will probably look back in September and call these 3 days ‘Summer’.
But hot it was and we spent a lovely few days down in Dorset. We have promised each other that we’d try to escape on some camping trips more often this year, as we will both have weekends free all summer (for the first time in 8 years!) Just 2 days and nights in a different setting, can feel like so much longer. We explored the coast line, snoozed on the beach, ate far too much halloumi on our bbq and just chilled out. It was fab and I hope we have many more weekends like this one.
A few weeks back I received something I have been lusting after for a while – A Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender. A hunk of a machine that can blitz in seconds, pulverise stones to mere dust, make hot soup, and tackle any nut butter. With a mega 2,611 watt motor (with a 10 year warranty) the Froothie Optimum is something every kitchen needs. I have been waiting to use it for weeks, and now the time had come. It took mere seconds to blitz all my mix into the smoothest of smoothies. It has 6 pre-programmed settings; Fruit, Sorbet, Grind, Nut Milk, Soup, Sauces and you can also programme it manually. The Froothie Optimum G2.1 is currently on offer at £429 (RRP £599), it is a big investment, but one that I wholeheartedly believe is worth it, and it is something I have been using at least once a day.
It comes with a nut milk bag, a tamper tool to push your ingredients down if needed, and a 104 page recipe book. What I love is that the jug is BPA free, and to clean it, you just add some water and a drop of washing up liquid into your jug, turn it on, and voila, clean jug! The jug just sits on top, no faffy time wasted trying to get it to click into place. I love the LED touch screen display too. There is even an in built sensor which automatically turns the appliance off if it overheats. It is even more powerful than a Vitamix, just see the specs below!
We got back after a stuffy hour in the car and I know I needed something refreshing and summery! This blend has a sneaky hidden ingredient – chickpeas! Now don’t baulk and think ‘chickpeas in a smoothie, say what?!’ Adding chickpeas into your smoothie will mean it satisfies your belly for longer. It well help aid any mid morning or afternoon hunger pangs! You can’t taste them once they’re blended, trust me on this one guys!
- ½ mango (peeled)
- ½ cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed well)
- 300ml coconut water (normal water is fine if you don’t have coconut water handy)
- handful mint leaves
- Juice of 1 lime.
- Add everything to the blender and blitz until smooth
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Wow, it’s been nearly a month since my last blog post. I wasn’t intending to have a break over December, in fact I’d actually planned (in my head) that I would try to get some more recipes created and online. But, as we all know, the festive season is so BUSY! Good busy, but busy! Friends come back to their home town, catch-ups are in order, Christmas parties are happening left right and centre, and then there’s the downtime when you just want to eat your body weight in food, lie on the sofa watching re-runs of Home Alone, or have a marathon Pictionary session with your family. I hope you all had a wonderful Festive season!
I’ve totally enjoyed the time with friends and family over the last few weeks, why does it always go by so quickly? Now it’s January and it’s all over for another year. January brings a wave of resolutions. Most will no doubt be broken by then end of the month, some will keep to them well. I try to avoid making any, as I only end up breaking them and then feeling guilty. Life is not about feeling guilty. Life is about balance. And greens, lots of greens.
This smoothie is a great way to stick to your New Year’s healthy eating resolutions if you made any- or just a great boost of vitamins and nutrients. Packed full of goodness, ready in seconds, this will you keep you energised for the rest of the day. Think of it as a post-Christmas cleansing smoothie, to help you glow from the inside out.
There’s twice the vitamin C content in Tenderstem® than in the same fresh weight as oranges. It’s high in potassium and also Vitamin A, and is a great source of iron, vitamin B6 and calcium. What more could you want?
Drink Your Greens Smoothie (vegan + gluten free)
4 stalks Tenderstem®
1 apple (core and seeds removed)
250ml coconut water
Teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon Matcha powder (optional, but will give you a slow energy release throughout the day)
Add all ingredients into your blender
Blend for 1 minute until smooth
Pour into a glass, over ice if desired, and enjoy!
How was your Christmas? Did you stay in for the New Year, or party till your socks fell off?
This post was sponsored by the lovely people at Tenderstem® – all opinions are my own. Greens are great! PPSSTT they’re running a fab giveaway on their Instagram where you can win a NutriBullet – perfect for making this smoothie! Head over now and enter!
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On the last weekend in September, we decided to take a little trip up to Pembrokeshire in Wales. The days are quickly getting cooler and shorter, and we wanted to squeeze in one more trip before we give in to a winter. Succumbing to months snuggled on the sofa next to the fire. We packed up and set off up to Wales. After sitting in a horrendous traffic jam on the M4 for over an hour, we were starting to wonder whether it was such a good idea after all. We stuck it out, and arrived at our chosen camping spot just after dark. Quickly we set up the tent, and hurried off to a warm pub for some food. We awoke the next day to the gorgeous sunshine, and a crazy beautiful view of the ocean and Pembrokeshire coast line. Snuggled under the duvet, admiring that view, the long, tiring journey was soon forgotten.
After a lazy morning we went exploring. We walked the coast line, watched eager climbers trying to find that perfect line, explored a huge cathedral, saw seals swimming in the ocean and enjoyed a picnic on the edge of the cliffs. We braved the ice-cold sea, and ran into the waves. Charlie says it doesn’t count as ‘swimming’ unless you take at least one stroke. I managed 5 before we ran, giggling, back to our towels. The weather was gorgeous, the sky the bluest and the sea crystal clear. The days away from everything are our best days. I am already counting the days until next spring when we can get away again. For now, autumnal hikes and winter walks will take the lead. The coats have made their way out of the back of the wardrobe, hats are on standby, and our log store is full. Winter, we are ready for you.
But first, a refreshing, green smoothie. The kind of thing you might need on a Monday morning after a weekend filled with one too many Mojito’s. You know the kind.
Pear and Kale Smoothie (v) (gf)
2 large pears
1 large kale leaf – de-stemmed
250ml coconut water
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed powder (optional)
First, remove the core of the pears, removing the seeds.
Scoop half the avocado flesh out of its skin.
Add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend for 30 seconds.
Pour into a glass, over ice if you wish, add get refreshed.
Well, this week has sped by quicker than an olympic cyclist! I’ve been in this field for nearly two weeks now, and am ready for a change of scenery! The build went so quickly, will all the crew working so hard, and eating so much! We’ve had almost 100% good weather, with the exception of a pretty magnificent storm on Friday night. It really chucked it down, and totally washed the festival out for the night! Luckily the sun came back out on Saturday and normality was quickly restored.
I’m writing this on the last day of the festival (Sunday), and all the festival goers seem to be using up their last energy reserves, for the final push, to see the end of the festival out in style. I don’t know how they do it, one night is enough for me! But they’re still dancing and singing like it’s only their first night. We watched Blur last night, seeing 30,000 people jump around to ‘Park Life’ was awesome. Fleetwood Mac are closing the festival this evening, I can’t wait, the whole crew has been playing them non stop this last week! Just need to find myself some of that energy!
We had a little day out yesterday, driving along the island’s south coast. I like to explore the areas around the festival while we are here. There’s so much of Britain that I’ve not seen, so I’m always up for a day trip. We found this lovely cafe in a small village called Freshwater. We both went for the mezze board, and it was incredible. If you’re ever on the Isle of Wight, check out The Piano Cafe, it’s a must, plus; their lager is the tastiest thing ever!
Recipes might take a slightly simpler approach for the next few months, to say I’m a little restricted to what I can do with my caravan is an understatement. But they’ll still be full of flavour and hopefully make you want to run to your kitchen and get cooking!
This smoothie bowl is a welcome start to a sunny day. Packing in those vitamins and getting you nice and hydrated before a days galavanting around fields. Papayas and mangos seem to be at their tastiest at the moment, perfectly juicy and soft. Happy Summer ya’ll.
A Simple Summer Smoothie Bowl (v) (gf)
100ml coconut water
3 tablespoons dairy-free coconut yoghurt
Peel and deseed the papaya and mango. Chop into pieces and add a high speed blender.
Add in the yoghurt and coconut water.
Blitz until smooth. Pour into a bowl and scatter with toppings such as chia seeds / flax seeds / blueberries / strawberries etc.
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This week started on a bit of a downer. We got news on Tuesday that our current house buying venture had fallen through. The seller changed their mind and decided not to sell. It felt seriously unfair and totally sucked. But, there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it, so I’m trying to stay positive and listen to the constant ‘It obviously wasn’t meant to be’. I do try to stick to the attitude that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it’s a little hard to swallow though. But hey ho.
However, any house buying ventures are going to have to take a backseat for a few months. As we are OFF ON THE ROAD. The road of festivals. As I mentioned before, Charlie has set up an awesome Glamping business – Dreamcatcher Cabins – which he’s now ready to take to some festivals this summer. We’ll also be working for another great company who do a similar thing. I’m going to be the cook for the hungry staff. Making sure they’re fed and watered well, keeping those bellies happy and all cheeky grins stay grinning. So, recipes might be a little haphazard for a few months. I’m going to try my best, adapting my boat-kitchen skills over to caravan/tent-kitchen-cook-extraordinaire.
I’m counting on my little caravan oven to be as lovingly, tempramental-yet-somehow-still-works as the boat oven. That if I whisper sweet nothings to it (what, none of you talk to your oven?!), it will bake me that perfect cookie, or doughy loaf of bread. It’s going to be an adventure, please do join me!
Now, onto more pressing matters.
This smoothie-juice concoction that I like to call Crush. Tangy pineapple with fiery ginger. Perfect to get that morning energy flowing, kick that hangover out the door, and face the day head on. And if someone were to add a splash of rum into the mix on a hot summers evening, who the hell am I to argue? Take a sip and imagine you are on that desert island in the sunshine.
Pineapple and Ginger Crush (v) (gf)
Half a pineapple – peeled and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
500ml coconut water – coconut milk would work here too
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender, blend for 1 minute.
Pour into glass (over ice / add rum if desired) and enjoy.
This crush is quite frothy, you may want to let the juice sit for an hour, or just embrace it!
Don’t forget, you can follow my adventures throughout the summer over on my Instagram!
It’s been a bit of a hectic week on our boat. I don’t know how it’s time for my weekly post already. Time is flying by so fast these days. We’ve had family visiting, property viewings and other general day to day life goings on.
Charlie has been working so hard (and so much) since the autumn, setting up his new business venture, Dreamcatcher Cabins, (if you want to attend a festival in the UK in style, check these out because they are awesome and will make your weekend super luxurious and definitely one to remember!) Sometimes I feel like we are strangers passing in the night, a quick half an hour over dinner and then bed, before the dawn comes around and we rush off again to our separate work lives.
We took this morning off to have a stroll through the little village where we are moored at the moment, grab a coffee and some cake, then took a long afternoon walk along the canal. Life can get so busy sometimes and it’s important to take time out, catch up with each other, and relax for a few hours.
I know, I know, I did a tahini post last week! I’m sorry! I’m definitely not sorry actually. I love the stuff. Not only is it a great source of calcium and vitamins, it’s a good source of magnesium and it adds protein to dishes. I love that you can use it in pretty much anything and it perks it up; a nice lemon salad dressing, creamy spreads, brownies, but especially smoothies. THIS SMOOTHIE.
Use any milk you wish, I used almond as it’s my favourite. Add more bananas / tahini if you want. Add oats to bulk it out even more. Go crazy.
Date Tahini Smoothie (V) (GF)
7 pitted dates (I used Medjool) soaked 20 mins in boiling water
1 large ripe banana
1 tablespoon tahini
500ml almond milk
Add all ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth. Serve over ice or blend with ice if you have some handy.
OK, So I know I just did a breakfast post, but I felt this little marvel needed sharing straight away, and it’s not technically just for breakfast!
I love avocados, they are packed full with vitamins, fibre and healthy fatty acids! They also contain 35% more potassium than a banana.
I try and combine them into most meals, but with the weather turning colder, it’s becoming harder to find those perfectly ready-to-eat ripe ones that are plentiful in the warmer months. I’ve had a few sat in the veg basket for while now, which just don’t seem to want to ripen, but in this smoothie they blend perfectly.
It is super quick to make, and will keep you going until lunchtime.
This smoothie is pretty thick, and could even be served as a pudding.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
1 heaped tablespoon organic cocoa powder
200ml Almond milk (use more for a thinner smoothie)
1tsp Agave or other sweetener (optional)
Handful hazelnuts (optional)
Scoop the flesh out of half the avocado. Peel the banana. Add to blender with the cocoa, almond milk, hazelnuts and Agave if using. Blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Serve immediately, over ice if desired.