Sunday, 6 April 2014

Breakfast Booster Smoothy

I'm struggling at the moment to find time. Time to eat in the morning! Organising three children to get out of the house for school leaves little time for food. I'm also trying to lose some of this extra baby weight that's hanging about, so I don't want to be skipping meals and then eating ten chocolate biscuits because I am starving. So a smoothy in the morning seems the perfect solution.

I took myself down to TK Maxx the other day to buy a travel cup with lid and straw that I can bung the smoothy in and head out of the door. I might also be doing this at lunch time if I can't find time for a nice sandwich. 

To make sure this smoothy keeps me going, it needs to contain more than just fruit. So for this Breakfast Booster Smoothy, I've added oats, almonds and chia seeds to really ramp up the nutrition.

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants and minerals. They are also a complete source of protein and fibre and have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Chia seeds swell when they come into contact with liquid - making you feel fuller for longer. 

Almonds contain calcium, protein and vitamin E and oats have a low gi index helping to stabilise your blood sugar levels. So this smoothy is definitely more than just a fruity shake!

1 tbsp porridge oats
10 almonds
2 tsp chia seeds
1 ripe banana
2 oranges, peeled
10 red grapes
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
5 ice cubes

Take the oats, almonds and chia seeds and blend until fine. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. I used a stick blender in a jug, but you could use a blender or smoothy maker. Enjoy!

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