Eating the recommended 5-a-day can be challenging for some people, especially if you have a hectic work schedule. Soups, juices and smoothies are a fantastic way of increasing our fruit and vegetable intake whilst maximising our vitamin and nutrient potential.
For me, nothing beats a fresh homemade smoothie. You are able to add any fruit of any quantity and blend any other extras, such as protein or supplements, you wish to your drink. You also avoid added sugars and preservatives you find in store-bought smoothies.
One ingredient that I’ve recently been using is baobab. Baobab is an African fruit which is high in vitamin C, iron, calcium, thiamin and potassium. These assist with maintaining blood pressure, the production of red blood cells, protect cells and keep them healthy and regulate muscle contractions. It is also a rich source of fibre- a whopping 50% of the fruit! Soluble fibre can help slow down digestion and make use feel fuller for longer, just like when we eat a bowl of oats in the morning. As it is bought in powder form, it is super easy to stir into porridge or a glass of water, blend into juices and smoothies, bake into cakes and sprinkle onto yogurt or cereals. Baobab has a citrus like flavour and is quite tasty when compared to other food supplement powders.
I like to have this smoothie bowl for breakfast as it’s a great lighter alternative to a bowl of porridge! I love to add nut butter to anything and everything; this includes my smoothies! It’s an easy way to add healthy fats into my diet, but also to add a bit of body to my smoothie. To keep me fuller for longer, I add a small amount of Planet Organic raw, sprouted oats to my mixture. Sprouting grains wakes them up, their nutrients are released and the oats are easier to digest. Normal porridge oats will work in this smoothie bowl, so don’t feel like you have to fork out on these speciality oats.
For a thinner smoothie, you can use berries that have been in your fridge and a banana from your countertop. If you prefer a thicker smoothie, a frozen banana and frozen berries are recommended. Although this is called a smoothie bowl, you can serve this is a glass or even make this in the evening and store in the fridge overnight for the morning for an instant breakfast. I’ll leave all of this up to you.
Ingredients: Serves 1
1 banana (frozen)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
1/3 cup raspberries (frozen)
1/3 cup strawberries
1 cup almond milk (can substitute for other milk)
1 tsp almond butter
1 tsp baobab powder
2 tbsp raw sprouted oats OR regular oats (add more if you want a more satiating smoothie)
Place all ingredients into a blender. Give it a whizz. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle the toppings over the smoothie. You can use your own choice of toppings if desired.
I absolutely love the purple hue and taste of this smoothie bowl. I hope you do too.
The Nutty Noodle