Warming Yin Season Tea

Warming Yin Season Tea

Try this simple homemade spiced tea.

Now that we are very much into the yin time of year I’ve been craving warming food and drink. I have been really enjoying this warming tea that is so simple to make. If you’d like to give it a try for yourself here is the recipe:

  • 4-5 cardamon pods
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • Half a cinnamon stick

Warm a teapot with boiling water. Crush the cardamon pods and ginger.

Add the cinnamon, ginger and cardamon to the teapot with 2 cups of boiling water.

Steep for 5-8 minutes before drinking. (Pour through a strainer into your cup.)

Enjoy πŸ˜€

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake Recipe

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake Recipe

The August Bank Holiday this year was a gorgeous hot one! After my teaching was done for the day I was craving an ice cold milkshake, so when I got home that’s exactly what I had πŸ˜€Β  I decided to make this with stuff I had in the cupboard/fridge, as you do… The final result tasted delicious, so I am sharing this with you in case you fancy giving it a try. Here’s the recipe for my Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake:

– 1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)

– Half a frozen banana

– 1 tbsp That Protein Blissful Brown Rice & Raw Cacao Super Protein* (or substitute with cacao powder if you don’t have this, to keep the chocolatey taste)

– Half tbsp maca powder

– Half tbsp chia seeds

– 1 tsp peanut butter

– Ice cubes

Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend away.

Enjoy! πŸ˜€

(*NB – this post is not sponsored – That Protein is a product I enjoy using and recommend if you are looking for a good quality plant-based protein.)

Grain-Free Porridge Recipe

Grain-Free Porridge Recipe

Since the cold weather, I’ve really been enjoying this warming grain-free ‘porridge’ – this recipe started as an experiment but actually turned out quite well! Unlike oats this keeps me full up to (in fact, often beyond!) lunchtime and not craving sugar later on in the day (I also wanted a change from eggs – my usual go-to). If you fancy giving it a try here’s how I make it but feel free to experiment:

1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp milled flaxseeds (but you can also use whole)
2 tsps dessicated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk (I’ve been using unsweetened almond milk)

Put all the ingredients in a pan, stir and bring to the boil. Simmer until desired consistency is reached – this won’t take long at all! I like a thick porridge but if you want a thinner consistency just stir in more milk while simmering.

Here I’ve topped mine with half a banana and some raspberries I had in the freezer and warmed through.

Enjoy! 😀

 

Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Cacao Smoothie Bowl

A Cooling Recipe for Summer

Try this tasty Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Try this tasty Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Since we’ve been having some proper summer weather recently (something that’s never guaranteed in the UK!), I’ve been enjoying having smoothie bowls for breakfast.

Inspired by @wellbeingsarah who posted a recipe on her Instagram I tried this cacao smoothie bowl and it has become a real favourite.

If you’d like to try this for yourself, then blend spinach, frozen banana, avocado, raw cacao power and milk (I used almond milk) together to your desired consistency. I’ve also added a greens power to mine or you could add a scoop of protein powder.

(The addition of frozen banana makes this very cooling which has been especially welcome on hot days!)

Complete your smoothie bowl with toppings of your choice and enjoy! πŸ˜€

Love for Louola’s

Love for Louola’s

Louola’s Quinola – Grain-Free Granola

Louola's Quinola

Louola’s Quinola

I was introduced to Louola’s Superfood Quinola last year by a great company called Superfoodio via their healthy snack boxes, and it’s quickly become a favourite of mine!

Commercial granolas and cereals are often loaded with hidden sugars. And it can be surprising to find out how much sugar there is even in the apparently ‘healthy’ choices out there.

Vegetarian and vegan friendly, Louola’s is a delicious alternative which is not only refined sugar free, but also grain and dairy free. I’ve found this to be a great smoothie topper and have also been using Louola’s in recipes for energy balls and homemade raw chocolate (This recipe for Raw Chocolate Bark using Beetroot, Cashew & Coconut Louola’s went down a treat over Christmas!) You can find more details, plus recipe inspiration here at the Louola’s website.

Choc Chia Energy Smoothie

Choc Chia Energy Smoothie

Choc Chia Smoothie - Here's one I made earlier :)

Choc Chia Smoothie – Here’s one I made earlier πŸ™‚

This is one of my favourite breakfasts on the go – I get an energy boost from the chia seeds and all that’s needed is a little overnight preparation (soaking the chia seeds).

Ingredients:
1/4 Cup of Chia Seeds, 1 Cup of Almond Milk, 1 Apple, quartered, 1-2 teaspoons of Cacao Nibs, 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon

Method:
Soak the chia seeds in the fridge overnight in the almond milk. Put the chia, apple, and cinnamon in a blender and blend away. (NB – if you feel the mixture is too thick feel free to add some extra milk here.)

When the mixture is smooth, add most of the cacoa nibs and blend again. Serve with the remaining cacoa nibs sprinkled on top for some extra chocolatey crunch. If I have any smoothie mixture leftover, I store in a airtight container in the fridge.

I’ve also made this with coconut milk which tastes just as delicious.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚