Thursday, 29 May 2014

DIY Fun Smoothie Ice Creams For Kids


Summer is here ...well not for us in the United Kingdom! Did I hear someone say here she goes again ranting about the weather? I can't help it as it's rained cats and dogs all week and there is still no news  of the sunshine :-(

When and If the sun does come out I will like moms and pops to try this DIY fun smoothie ice cream for the kids. Get the kids involved, let them choose the smoothie and make sure it is a nice mix of fruits and vegetables.

This is another way to ensure they have their fruits and vegetables but in a fun way....bit sneaky ha ha!! but if they like it then it will be a winner all round!!

Tools
  • Ice cube tray
  • strawberries
  • low fat yogurt
  • plastic cups
  • little wooden holders ( I didn't have any so i used a used a straw(You can pick the little wooden forks up when you go to the chip shop haha! or get some from the store)
  • smoothie mix ( I used the leftovers from my green and mango smoothie)


Instruction
  • pour yogurt in the ice cube tray and place strawberry on top, you can do the same with any other fruit
  • Pour  the green smoothie in  the plastic cup, pop some green grapes in and put the ice cream stick in and put it in the freezer overnight
OR 
  • Cut  a nice mix of fruits such as strawberries, kiwis,blueberries,oranges, grapes  and place them in the plastic cup, add some orange juice and freeze. This will also make a nice healthy fruit ice cream for the kids.

Green Smoothie Ice Cream and Mango Smoothie for Kids

I think the kids will love it and it's different from the normal sweet and sugar coated ice creams that they are used to. You can make a fun ice cream smoothie with any smoothie mix you like but ensure it is  a mix of fruits and vegetables for them to cool down when the hot summer arrives.

Frozen Strawberry & Low Fat Yogurt

Try it and let me know what the kids think?

You can use the frozen  yogurt strawberries as your ice cubes and pop them in your  blender to make your smoothies too!

Mix and Match Salad

Ingredients
  • avocado
  • beetroot
  • cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes
  • pomegranate seeds
  • sweetcorn
  • onion

Instructions
  • Plonk in a bowl and enjoy!


Yum!!

Tomato & Apple Smoothie

Hello, ello, ello,

I hope everyone is well.

My current situation : Sipping on this delicious  smoothie and listening to Lionel Richie's Greatest Hits Medley 21 greatest hits! Lionel sure can sing.. " dances dances" ...

Does anyone else feel like a four day working week seems longer then a five day working week? Cor!!! I have worked hard for my wage this week .. I am absolutely cream cracker ed but I sure am glad that it's Friday tomorrow... Whoop!!!

Experimenting again with the fruit and vegetable smoothies.

Today I have a Tomato, yes tomato .... and apple smoothie, delicious, rich and very tomatoey lol!  Ah yes tomatoey is an actual word, it's actually an adjective used to describe the taste of a tomato.

See for yourself : http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/tomatoey


Ingredients
  • sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pink lady apple(frozen)
  • pomegranate seeds
  • coconut water
Tomato, Apple and Pomegrante Smoothie

Instructions
  • cut the apples and tomatoes,place in the blender, add a splash of coconut water and blend till smooth
  • pour in glass
  • garnish with pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • serve cold

Tomato, Apple and Pomegranate Smoothie

Stay hydrated!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

How to Make A Healthy Smoothie By Diatta Harris


Hello Smoothie Lovers,


I hope you've all had a lovely Tuesday.

As I was doing some research today on the www and making notes for some new recipes the following video popped up in my YouTube recommendations list.

It's a video from Diatta Harris from the Femme Fitale Fit Club. She has a fitness fit blog that talks about fitness, go check it out : http://femmefitalefitclub.com/

In her opening remark she states "drinking smoothies is very popular right now and did you know that you could be sabotaging your fitness gains"?

I smiled when I read the first line and then nodded in agreement when she asked the question did you know it can sabotage your fitness gains?

She further went on to say smoothies are a great way to get in much needed nutrition but too many times people are overloading them with sugar so much so they are no better than drinking a soda or fast food milkshake.

Smoothies are a great way to have a meal if you can't cook or if you don't have time.

In the past she would have a smoothie which consisted of two cups of sweet juice, fruits and then add some protein powder and this was her routine for a year of which she noticed she was not loosing any weight, rather she was gaining weight and she was still exercising.

But smoothies are meant to be healthy aren't they? So why was she gaining weight instead of loosing it? ....One word SUGAR!!

In the video she talks about the sugar intake of smoothies which could have an adverse effect on your fitness gain.

A healthy smoothie should have a good balance of fruits and vegetables (green vegetables), also adding seeds such as Chia and Linseed are also good.

I love a green smoothie mixed with fruit so this was a great eye opener for me. I was also glad to hear that unsweetened milk and the use of water was a good liquid to use when blending your smoothies.

Read more: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/2014/05/make-healthy-smoothie/

Watch the Video : How to Make a Healthy Smoothie by Diatta Harris 





Thanks to Diatta Harris for this very informative video and for letting me share it on the blog.

Credits: Diatta Harris from the Femme Fitale Fit Club.

Keep making those healthy green smoothies, keep fit & drink those sweet smoothies in moderation!

Yellow Watermelon Smoothie

If you read my last post, you'll see that I got this delicious yellow watermelon from my sister. I had to ...it was too good a fruit to miss! 

Find about a bit more about the yellow watermelon here http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-yellow-watermelon.htm

Now let's make a smoothie ....


Yellow Watermelon

Ingredients
  • cold watermelon
  • 1 pink lady apple
  • few blackberries
  • ice cubes (optional)


Watermelon and Apple

Instructions
  • Cut watermelon from skin, cut apples, place in blender and blend till smooth
  • Pour in glass cup 
  • garnish with blackberries (optional)
  • serve cold

Yellow Watermelon and Apple

Refreshing and absolutely delicious!!

Yellow Watermelon Surprise!!


Have you ever seen or tasted a yellow watermelon?

I didn't even know they existed!

All my life ....." sounds like I am about to type my bio there " ...ha ha!! All my life all I have ever seen or tasted was a red watermelon and we all know how delicious and refreshing they are.

Red Watermelon


Warning: If you're my friend or family and you ever go fruit shopping and you happen to live nearby do not make the mistake of telling me you've gone fruit shopping because I would pay you a visit to see what goodies you've bought and definitely help myself to some of your fruits purchases ...with your permission of course ha ha!

On Saturday my sister made that mistake. She called and said " I have just gotten back from the fruit market" and then she made mention of all the fruits and bargains she bought and made an even bigger mistake of sending me a picture of all her purchases lined up on her kitchen counter.

As I zoomed in I spotted a few mangoes and a big watermelon, in my head I knew I was going to get half of that watermelon. I asked if she was going out soon and she replied no I'll be home for a while.

In less than 45mins I was at her door..... Lol!! she knew why I had come and had bagged and frozen all her fruit into the freezer. As I always say  "ditch the ice and freeze your fruits" . The only fruits on the counter were the mangoes and the juicy watermelon.

As we stood in the kitchen making small talk she picked up her big sharp knife and ripped into the watermelon and as she cut it wide open we both stared at each other blankly...

OMG!! I shouted you have been scammed Lol!!....this is a yellow watermelon... don't taste it I exclaimed!! I grabbed my phone and went unto Google, typed in yellow watermelon and clicked on images...lo and behold there they were... Yellow watermelons looking all yellow and delicious mixed with the red watermelon. It was hilarious!!

As you'd expect I demanded for half. She refused to share her mangoes though,her excuse was that she only bought 2 mangoes for £1 and needed them for her smoothies, I wasn't pleased but hey I got half of the juicy watermelon so hooray!!

I can not wait to make a yellow watermelon smoothie with it!

Yellow Watermelon

I am curious to know ... have you ever seen or tasted a yellow watermelon?

What were your initial thoughts when you saw one?

Am I the only one who has never seen a watermelon? Make me feel better please and tell me that you are just like me and have never seen a yellow watermelon ha ha!!

Till the next time.....

Stay Smooth :-)

Monday, 26 May 2014

Freestyle Veggie Salad


Ingredients 

  • avocado
  • aubergines (grilled)
  • bell peppers (red)
  • carrots
  • cherry tomatoes
  • courgettes (grilled)
  • cucumber
  • leaves

Delicious Freestyle Veggie Salad

Enjoy!

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Green Smoothie Breakfast With Spirulina Powder


Happy Monday Folks!!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

It's our spring bank holiday in the United Kingdom today and our fellow Americans are celebrating Memorial day.

I am currently sat at my desk typing away and as I look at the window all I can see and hear is rain! rain! rain! ....Yes I have started talking about the weather again but us Brits are known for talking about the weather. Can you blame us? We rarely get any sunshine and when we do we go nuts!!

The weather chat is the ultimate ice breaker for us when in public.

At the bus-stop you'll hear lovely day today isn't?
On the train if you're on a friendly train, you'll hear blimey it's freezing isn't ha ha!

So here's my rant to you....the weather is awful today, it's raining cats and dogs! Grrrrr!!!!.... 

I did some powder, nuts and seeds shopping at the weekend and got a nice bulk in. I have started added nuts to my smoothies to give me that energy and boost. I'll talk about my purchases in another blog.

Breakfast today is a green smoothie with Spirulina powder, I call it the "green eyed monster" because it's so green and smells a bit fishy in my opinion but with some good benefits.



Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of Spirulina powder
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • handful of kale
  • water
  • dried fruits and linseed 
  • ice cube (optional)

Instructions
  • place washed kale, frozen bananas in blender, add Spirulina powder, water and blend till smooth
  • pour in breakfast bowl
  • serve cold
  • add seeds or dried fruits

Kale, Water, Spirulina powder and dried fruits


Have a lovely day.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Blackberry & Banana Swirl Smoothie

Happy Sunday !!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday. The weather today has been lovely for a 
change as we had a downpour yesterday. You can't predict our weather as it's moody ha 
ha!  I have a lovely Sunday evening smoothie recipe for you today.

You can make this, snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie. It's a simple and yummy one I promise you.


Right ...Let's Do IT!


Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • a bowl of blackberries
  • coconut water
  • dry mixed fruit(optional)


Instructions
  • to achieve the swirl, blend both fruits separately
  • place the frozen banana in the blender, add coconut water and blend until smooth
  • place the frozen blackberries in the blender, add coconut water and blend until smooth
  • pour banana mix in a glass cup and top up with blackberry mix
  • add dry mixed fruit (optional)
  • serve cold

Blackberry & Banana Swirl Smoothie


Yummy!! Don't you agree?

Have  a lovely evening!


Friday, 23 May 2014

Salmon & Salad


Happy Friday Food and Smoothie Lovers,

Yayy!! It's Friday!!! What lovely plans do you all have for the weekend?
For us it's a long weekend as Monday 26th is our Spring  Bank holiday.

My friends who live in America always say that we Brits have too many holidays in a year Lol!! Jealous much? haha!


Ingredients 
  • beetroot
  • bag of leaves
  • couscous
  • cherry tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • salmon

Feta Cheese, Beetroot, Salmon, Leaves and Couscous                     

Have a lovely evening and weekend ahead.

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The Pink & Cream Smoothie


Ingredients
  • 2 apples
  • few sticks of celery
  • raspberry
  • blueberry

Instructions
  • place the raspberry and blueberry in the blender and blend till smooth and pour in a glass cup
  • cut the celery and apple, place in blender, blend till smooth and pour on top of the berry mix
  • voila the two blends of smoothies on top of each other
  • serve cold
The berry, apple and celery smoothie



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Breakfast:The Most Important Meal Of The Day!

Good Morning,

Breakfast is the the most important meal of the day.
It is the first meal of the day after the night you have gone to sleep.

Let's think about this for a second? 
You have gone to bed, the food you ate the night before has digested and then you wake up the next day on an empty stomach and skip breakfast. *puzzled face*

Eating breakfast regularly can speed up your metabolism in the morning  and can help you control your weight. Always make sure you have breakfast, don't skip it! 

Often people who skip breakfast tend to have a big lunch to make up for missing breakfast, this is not good practice.

I always have breakfast in the morning, even when I am in a hurry, I'll have it on the go in form of a morning smoothie.


Ingredients

  • oats
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • pomegranates

Pomegranate seeds, Raspberry and Strawberry



If you do not have the above fruits in your fridge you can add other fruits to your porridge/oats such as grapes, dried raisins, apples, nuts, kiwis, peeled oranges,sliced bananas and lots more. 

Check out the other breakfast porridge on the blog


Have a lovely morning and remember to have breakfast!!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Apple and Pineapple Smoothie


Hello Smoothie Lovers,

Here's a delicious and very simple recipe for you to try.

Ingredients
  • 3 apples      
  • a big slice of pineapple    
Apple and Pineapple smoothie

Instructions
  • peel the pineapple and cut them into small chunks, cut apple and place in blender
  • blend till smooth
  • pour in glass and serve cold


Nice fluffy texture from the blend of apples and pineapple

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Chicken Fillet, Couscous & Vegetables

Hello Food Lovers,

I hope you've all had a lovely day and the sun is shinning wherever you are?

I can't boast of a lovely weather here as the sunshine has disappeared again and the torrential rain is back :-(

I have another healthy dinner choice for you today.

You've probably noticed that I love couscous, well what's not to like?

Couscous provides you with essential nutrients to help maintain your overall health. It's light, delicious and can be eaten as a side dish or dessert.


You can buy the already made couscous from the salad bar in the supermarket or buy the dry grains in a packet as shown below. I prefer to buy the dry grains and add a few other bits to it such as mushrooms, onions, sweetcorn, olives and bell peppers.

Couscous has been a great alternative to rice and pasta for me.


Couscous 

Read bout more about the health benefits of couscous
http://www.livestrong.com/article/440051-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-couscous/




Chicken Fillet, Couscous, Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes


Ingredients

1 packet of couscous
1 chicken fillet
green beans
cherry tomatoes

Instructions

For the Couscous

Place couscous in a plastic container, cover with 100ml boiling water  and close the lid to let the couscous steam and swell up

After 10mins, open the lid add some olive oil sweetcorn,chopped bell peppers and stir
  
For the Green Beans

Wash and remove ends

Add the green beans into the boiling water

Bring to boil for 5mins

Drain the beans, add salt and black pepper

Place on a plate


For the Chicken Fillet
Preheat the grill, place chicken fillet in grill and let it bake for 30-35mins turning on both sides
Wash and place the cherry tomatoes on the plate
Serve with Baked Chicken fillet, green beans and couscous

Try some ready made couscous from the salad bar at your local store and let me  know what you think?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Mango and Melon Smoothie


I bought this colorful new jar for my smoothies from the 99p store.It feels so heavy so I will stick to recycling my pickle and tomato sauce jars as my smoothie cups.
I might just use it as a sugar jar or use it as my smoothie storage container.





Ingredients

  •  1 mango
  •  1 melon
  •  ice cubes


Instructions

  • cut melon into two and then into small pieces
  • cut mango into small pieces, place into blender, add ice and blend till smooth
  • pour into glass and serve cold

Mango and Melon Smoothie

Delicious!!

Grilled Plaintain with Salmon and Vegetables

Hello Food Lovers,

I have another healthy choice recipe for you today.

Disclaimer

I am not a professional chef just a lady who likes to cook, make up nice meals and pretend like she's a chef. I do love the series " Master Chef" for those of you who might have seen the series.

Most importantly I care about the contents of my food and my stomach.


Grilled Plantain, Salmon(skin gets ripped off), Couscous, Green Beans and Cucumber




Ingredients

1 packet of couscous
1 plantain
1 salmon
green beans
cucumber and sweet sauce

Instructions

For the Couscous

Place couscous in a plastic container, cover with 100ml boiling water  and close the lid to let the couscous steam and swell up

After 10mins, open the lid add some olive oil and sweetcorn and stir
  
For the Green Beans

Wash and remove ends

Add the green beans into the boiling water

Bring to boil for 5mins

Drain the beans, add salt and black pepper

Place on a plate


For the Salmon
Season with salt and black pepper and place in the oven/grill for 20-25 mins turning on both sides
For the  Grilled plantain
Preheat the grill, brush the plantain with olive oil
Slice plantain light in the middle
Place plantain in the grill until brown
Turn on each side after 25 mins
Once brown on both sides, remove and place on a plate
Cut the cucumber and place on the plate
Serve with  Grilled Plantain with couscous and salmon 
Enjoy and have a lovely evening.

Apricot Banana and Pear Smoothie


Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 pears
  • 2 apricots
  • 1 cup of milk


Pears, Apricots and Banana

Instructions

  • Cut the apricots into half and remove the stone, cut the pears and bananas and place in blend, add milk
  • Blend till smooth
  • Pour in glass and serve cold.
Pears, Apricots and Banana Smoothie


Pears, Apricots and Banana Smoothie

Nice bit of information for you on summer fruits http://www.fruitsinfo.com/summer-fruits.html 

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Salmon and Steamed Vegetables


My love for salmon started a few years ago.

As a child I despised fish with a passion and still do but secretly I love fried fish especially red snapper or white fish (my sister calls me a fake fish eater) the trick for me is that the fish has to be fried and then really dry otherwise I won't eat it.

My mum always cooked/baked mackerel, the black and blue skin often made me sick. 
On many occasions she would place the baked mackerel, garnished lemon and all that jazz on the table and I would literally feel sick at the sight of the black and blue creature staring at me on the plate.



What you looking at huh??

I hated fish of any kind and refused to eat it. I am still very fussy and won't eat any cooked fish but salmon won over my heart and to be honest when I do bake my salmon I  rip the skin off as I can't bear to taste the skin but I have resorted to buying the skinless salmon fillets from the supermarkets.

The truth is when my mum put the mean looking mackerel on my plate I would it pass it to my sister and if she was unable to pick it from my plate without my parents catching us then the teddy bear would get stuffed with it ..mum will be shocked if she ever found out ha ha ha!!  Sorry teddy :-(

Tonight I fancied my favourite salmon and matched it up with some steamed vegetables and a little sweetcorn, tomato and cucumber salad.

Ingredients

  • broccoli
  • cucumber
  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • salmon
  • sweet corn
  • tomatoes
  • lemon sauce


Salmon, Cauliflower,Carrots,Broccoli, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn and Cucumber

Have a lovely evening!

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