Mixed Berries Smoothie

Whether for an energizing breakfast or a filling lunch, smoothies are a great way of having some or all of the recommended “5 A Day” to help us become healthier by adopting a few small changes into our everyday eating.

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Ingredients

Makes 1 large glass

1 banana, peeled and chopped

75g mixed berries (fresh or frozen)

75g low fat natural yoghurt

25g porridge oats

150ml milk (type: your personal preference)

1/4tsp cinnamon

Method

  • Put the banana in a blender, adding the mixed berries, yoghurt, porridge oats and milk.
  • Blend until all the ingredients are combined together to form a thick liquid.
  • Pour into a glass and dust with some cinnamon. Then serve with or without fresh berries atop to decorate.

Dawn: This is a quick and nutritious meal for any time of the day and helps you consume two of the recommended “5 A Day” fruit and vegetables intake that helps towards a healthy and fit way of life.

When you feel good from the inside, you look great from the outside!

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Happy Easter!

Hop..hop……hop………shhh! The Easter Bunny is in town and has come to visit with a host of decadent chocolate treats for all!

easter eggs

Easter marks the end of Lent, a period of 40 days fasting and a time that symbolises rebirth and new life.

Oh, how I love this time of year: Spring…my most favourite season of all…after Winter’s wanton, cold stark baroness has cast off his grey, heavy and laborious overcoat that bought its demise to all that life had to offer…Spring gently breathes her warm and soft breath over all that lies before her, tantalisingly kissing life into the habitually dormant and cold semblances of once-alive flora and fauna…

Easter eggs date back to the early 1800s and remain an ever popular expression of the joy and celebration of this special time.

Don’t forget they are a treat and offer very little nutritional value so think about building in a long Sunday walk or a bike ride to burn off those extra calories or conjure up a creative Easter Egg Trail in your very own back garden…hiding those wee Easter eggs where only the wondrous fairies, dancing and a-prancing under their dark emerald green umbrella canopies, fanning their translucent, glistening wings in a show of pure magic know where you’ve hidden the treasure trove…

or simply spread eating them across a number of days so you don’t over indulge*.

Whatever you decide, have a EGG-tra (get it?) special beautiful Springtime and sunshine filled Easter.

* Come close…let me whisper…shhh…I like the fairies knowing your secret! ;O)

Indulgently, Easter best wishes and good fortune to you all,

Dawn

And don’t forget that eggs are a great form of protein and can be boiled, poached and scrambled along with a host of other ways of incorporating them into our diets, healthily. 

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Sunshine Muesli Bars

Muesli – helps set you up for the rest of the day and can be crammed full of filling, nutritious ingredients that may include seeds, fruit – both fresh or dried – and nuts. Topped off with low fat natural yogurt and milk, it’s a divine way to start every beautiful and promising new day. And here you have a portable version of muesli to eat-as-you-go!

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Ingredients

300g Make It Your Own Muesli (click for super easy and oh-so-speedy recipe)

100g unsalted butter

100g light muscovado sugar

1tbsp honey

1tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  • Weigh the Make It Your Own Muesli into a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Next, put a piece of greaseproof paper on to a baking tray. This should be just bigger than the baking tray enabling you to curl it over the baking tray edges.

Dawn: Use a baking tray with a little depth to it so you are making bars that are nice to hold and gives you something to grip.

  • Put the sugar, butter and honey into a small saucepan and slowly melt the three ingredients, stirring them together. Don’t rush this process. When melted, add the cinnamon and stir in.
  • Now pour the melted treacle-looking mixture into the bowl containing the muesli and stir these ingredients together. The muesli will start to look darker and become sticky in appearance.
  • Pour the muesli sticky mixture onto the greaseproof lined baking tray. With the back of a wooden or metal spoon, smooth out the muesli mixture as equally and evenly as possible across the tray. Cover and allow to go cold before putting in the fridge. Allow to set. Or, alternatively, place in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 4, 180°C electric for 15 minutes and when baked, allow to cool.
  • Then simply take a knife and cut this very large muesli-looking ‘bar’ into as many smaller snack size muesli bars as you want to make.

Dawn: These bars make great energy boosting snacks for when you need an energy lift…be it eating breakfast on-the-go or as a tasty lunchbox treat for you and the family at work or school, through to staving off those niggling mid-afternoon hunger pangs in the office or simply as a Sunday afternoon walking break booster to spur you on your way. 

These high energy muesli bars can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and should keep fresh for about a week – if they aren’t eaten beforehand! They’re very scrummy – you have been warned!

Try them and see for yourself – and let me know what you think. 

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