Recipe: Breakfast Banana Smoothie

Recipe: Breakfast Banana Smoothie

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I’ve really got into this whole smoothie thing since buying my Nutribullet. I have found what works and what doesn’t.

I like to make this smoothie in the morning as it keeps me full until lunch time. I like to add a scoop of protein powder on the days that I am running/working out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 350 ml cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 Scoop Powder Vitamin C
  • 3 Tablespoons Rolled Oats
  • 300g No added sugar, fat free Vanilla Yoghurt

Blend it all together and enjoy!

: )

 

Recipe: Protein Pancakes

Recipe: Protein Pancakes

So every now and then you want a “treat” but will feel better about it if it is relatively on the healthy side. Showstopper: the protein pancake.

Serves 2 people.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 scoops of any flavour protein powder (I used the double chocolate, which is why the pancakes are that dark colour)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the four eggs in a bowl with a fork.
  2. Mash up the bananas in a separate bowl with a spoon (my picture looks like scrambled eggs).
  3. Add the whisked eggs, mashed bananas, baking soda and
    protein powder in a bowl.
  4. Add all of these to a blender and blend until the combined ingredients are a smooth consistency.
  5. Heat a pan on medium heat. (REMEMBER! The first one is usually a flop!
  6. Using a large spoon, add a bit of the mixture to make a round pancake in the middle of the pan (the bubbles forming is a good thing). You can add the chocolate chips on the top now, if you wish.
  7. Using a spatula, flip over the pancake and cook the other side.
  8. Serve. (I cheated a bit with the Nutella) : )

 

 

Oh, the Nutribullet

Oh, the Nutribullet

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Finally! The day has come… my very own Nutribullet! Is it worth all the hype? So far, I think yes.

I was a bit of a cheapskate up until this point, going for all the cheaper, less known brands out there. I now have to say that nothing can compare to that moment when you open the box and it’s just quality, quality, quality!

Now I have to be honest, I didn’t prepare for this too well. Besides bombarding my Pinterest boards with smoothie ideas (and there are a LOT out there), I hadn’t really bought all the ingredients required to “make a perfect smoothie”. But that’s what I like about it. I just threw together a few fruits and items that I had left over in the kitchen and it was a pretty good first smoothie.

The actual Nutribullet (I went for the Nutribullet 600W 12-Piece Set Nutrient Extractor) includes a guide on how to make what, when. I would say it’s good to follow, but honestly I just make whatever healthy shake I feel like that morning, and that seems to do the trick.

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A blender like this is perfect for people like me who want to be healthy and get all the good nutrients in but just don’t have the time to eat all the items separately. So you just mash them all in together and take it on the go or down it before you leave – what a win for the day!

What makes this product different as well is that you can throw the whole fruit or vegetable (including skin and seeds, etc) in, which means that you don’t lose any of the nutrients and actual good stuff. Not that it’s the most important thing, but I also like that it’s not too loud when in use. I can actually make a smoothie early in the morning without waking up the whole apartment block. It also doesn’t make me feel like I am operating heavy machinery.

Besides it being a great kick start to a healthy day, it’s actually quite magical to use.

Here is the website link for more detail.

Some of my tips that I have picked up on:

  • Use honey to make that kale/spinach/bitter one a little sweeter to taste
  • Add water  (ice to make it a colder smoothie) to make the consistency a bit smoother
  • Rolled oats and yoghurt are good ingredients to keep you fuller for longer
  • Flavoured whey protein is a good addition – I just add one scoop
  • Fruits I like to use: bananas, kiwis, berries, strawberries
  • Rinse the blades immediately after use, otherwise it becomes difficult to keep it clean (especially under the actual blades)
  • Instant coffee is a good one to add to a morning smoothie

 

I will be adding some of my recipes (including a green juice and I  also plan to also make protein pancakes using the Nutribullet) as I go along.

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