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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Easy fruity trail mix


Do you ever get that mid-afternoon slump and need a little pick-me-up?  I totally do!  But I also don’t want to raid the chocolate machine so I prepare my own snacks.  

It is super easy to make.

Just toast your favourite nuts and seeds in the oven - I’ve used almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts and brazil nuts, as well as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Then when they’re out of the over, sprinkle a little sea salt on them.

When the nuts and seeds have cooled, add your preferred fruits - I’ve used SUPERGOODFRUITS freeze dried raspberries, which I love the intense flavour of, plus some banana chips.  But you could also add in some chocolate chips as well or coconut chips.

Raspberries are a great source of vitamins C, B and E as well as suppling provitamin A, iron, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and zinc, as well as antioxidants.  These all help to stimulate your bodies defence mechanisms, promote blood purification and new blood formation, stimulate your metabolism and support your immune system....as well as being super tasty!


And that’s it!  Enjoy your snack time...

You can also sprinkle this mix on top of your yoghurt & fruit or cereal.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup SUPERGOODFRUITS freeze dried berries (I used raspberries, but they have a great range to choose from here)
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
*This post was sponsored by SUPERGOODFRUITS. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.* 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Frozen banana lollies


These treats are great for kids - and adults too!  They are also a great way to use up ripening bananas and a clever alternative to ice-cream.

They are also super simple to make.

Just melt some chocolate (either in the microwave, or as I do, in a bain marie - a bowl over hot water)…

Chop your bananas into half and skewer onto lolly sticks and place on parchment/greaseproof paper.

Select your decorations / flavour - I chose SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder, as it’s a gorgeous colour and flavour, plus blackberries are full of vitamin C and fibre…in my head this balances out the white chocolate ;)

Then simply coat the banana halves in the melted chocolate.  

I find it best to dip the tops into the chocolate and then use a spoon to drizzle down the sides.  Let any excess chocolate drip back into the bowl before you place it onto the parchment paper.

Then decorate!

Finally, pop them into the freezer overnight.

The tricky part is waiting to eat them, but it’s worth it.  Something magic happens in the freezer and the bananas become ice-cream like and the chocolate hardens, turning these into creamy choc ices.


This is a delicious summer dessert which is kid friendly!

I’ve covered the whole lolly in chocolate here, but you can just dip the tops if you want to reduce the sugar.

Ingredients
  • SUPERGOODFRUITS smoothie powder (I used wild blackberry, but they have a great range to choose from here)
  • ripe bananas (as many as you want to do)
  • 100g chocolate (this was enough for 3 bananas)
  • lolly sticks
*This post was sponsored by SUPERGOODFRUITS. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Smoothie Bowl


You’ve probably heard of açaí bowls.  The hype around the berry is valid - the berry is full of antioxidants (10 times more than blueberries) as well as providing fibre and not too much sugar.  However, most of the bowls you have are normally made using juice blends…these contain far far less of the antioxidant content.  So in order to keep the antioxidants you need to eat the fruit fresh (fine if you’re in South America, otherwise a little challenging!) or use freeze-dried powder which is typically expensive.  

As I prefer to try and eat local produce as it’s typically more sustainable and environmentally friendly, I decided to replace açaí with a Bavarian alternative.

So I used SUPERGOODFRUITS freeze dried wild bilberry powder, all regionally made. You can read about the health benefits of these European blueberries on my blog here  or on the SUPERGOODFRUITS website.

You need a good blender for this (I have a Blend Active, but any NutriBullet type product will do).

Throw all your ingredients into the blender and mix up.  (You might need to shake it a couple of times to ensure everything gets well mixed together).

Isn’t that colour gorgeous!?

Then pour the thick frozen-creamy mixture into a bowl and top with fresh fruits / coconut flakes - or you could use berries, seeds or nuts….

  
...and tuck into a deliciously refreshing and healthy breakfast.


Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons SUPERGOODFRUITS smoothie powder (I used wild bilberry, but they have a great range to choose from here)
  • 150ml almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 200g frozen berries
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (I used almond)
  • a squeeze of agave syrup (or honey if you prefer)
  • toppings of your choice

*This post was sponsored by SUPERGOODFRUITS. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*





Friday, 18 August 2017

Frozen fruity cheesecake bites



There aren't many desserts my mama is a fan of, but cheesecake is one of them!

She found a recipe for us to try on the FAGE Total 0% yoghurt pot for 'Frozen Raspberry & Blackcurrant Yoghurt Cheesecake Bars' which we just had to try...

The recipe takes a little time plus you need to allow about 4 hours for freezing so it's best to make the day before you want to eat it.

You start by making a nut base - blitz the dates, pecans, cashews & desiccated coconut together before pressing into a lined & greased tin.


Then blend the tinned blackcurrants plus 2tbsp of their juice plus 1/2 frozen banana.  Here I added a generous sprinkle of SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder to enhance the flavour & colour.  In a separate mixing bowl / food processor, repeat the steps with the raspberries.

Separately beat together the zest of 1 lime, the Total 0% yoghurt, cream cheese, vanilla extract & maple syrup before splitting between the blackcurrant/blackberry & raspberry mixtures.

Pour the blackcurrant/blackberry mixture over the nut base and freeze for 30 mins.  Then pour the raspberry mixture on top of the blackcurrant/blackberry layer before freezing for 4 hours.

And...ta-dah!  Dessert is served:

Well you have to chop it up first!  Enjoying some cheeky tasters of the crumbs as you go...



It's best to let it thaw slightly for a few minutes for the yoghurt topping to soften it, so you can enjoy the creaminess.


Yum!


Buy SUPERGOODFRUITS products from their website.

Check out FAGE's website for more recipe ideas.

Ingredients

  • 125g each of dates, pecans, cashews & desiccated coconut
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 250g Total 0% yoghurt
  • 300g tin blackcurrants in juice
  • 300g tin raspberries in syrup
  • 1 banana, sliced & frozen
  • 280g cream cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla extra
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • generous sprinkle of SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder

Friday, 4 August 2017

Very berry breakfast smoothie


I don’t always have a lot of time for breakfast, I’m often rushing to an early meeting or flight so I love simple yet nutritious ways to start my day.

One great example for summer mornings is a thick smoothie.

This one is just some greek yoghurt, almond milk, SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder and some frozen fruits.

Wizz it all up in the blender and pour into a glass.
Breakfast - done!

Recipe
  • 1 pot Total 0% yoghurt
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Generous sprinkling of SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder

Friday, 28 July 2017

Bilberry nice cream

 

Have you heard of “nice cream”?  It’s a great alternative to normal ice cream, because it’s made using frozen blended bananas.

You can throw anything else you want into the mix, but that’s basically it!

I always have some chopped frozen bananas in the freezer (as they’re a great addition to smoothies and smoothie bowls) and so decided to whip up a bowl for a summers afternoon.

I blended a frozen banana, some coconut quark, a squeeze of agave syrup and afterwards mixed in some freeze dried bilberries from SUPERGOODFRUITS (I didn’t want to blend the berries and loose all the texture).
And that’s it - just serve and eat immediately.

It’s smooth and creamy and very tasty. 

I just sprinkled a few extra freeze dried bilberries on top… 



Recipe
  • 1/2 frozen medium banana
  • 1/4 cup coconut quark
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • Generous helping of SUPERGOODFRUITS freeze dried bilberries

Friday, 21 July 2017

Pink Ladies breakfast bowl


I love a healthy breakfast bowl, especially when it’s also gorgeous to look at!

Today’s breakfast lived up this!

I blended up some coconut quark, almond milk and SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder and frozen mixed berries, together giving the mix a stunning purple-pink colour.

Pour into a bowl and then arrange / add your favourite toppings.

I started with chia seeds. 



Chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods in the health food market, but did you know they originally came from Mexico (chia means “strength” in Mayan) where they were even used as currency due to their nutritional and medicinal properties.

Next up was some unsweetened coconut flakes… 



Followed by some edible flower petals: blue and pink cornflowers plus rose petals. 


Isn’t it almost too good to eat?!  Almost…


Recipe
  • 1 cup coconut quark
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • Generous helping SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry powder
  • Sprinkle chia seeds
  • Sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Edible flower petals

 
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