My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Smoothie – Day 28 – Cottage Cheese and Fruits

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Here is a great and simple protein-packed smoothie without the necessity to add artificially synthesised protein powders. Just blend the following in a blender:

  • Half cup 0% fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • A handful of raspberries
  • 1 sour plum
  • 1/2 peach

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Smoothie – Day 27 – Nutty Banana

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This is my post-workout dinner replacement smoothie, so I want it to be really filling. Plus it tastes delicious! Check out the ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen is better, but mine is fresh, as I forgot to freeze it!)
  • 1 scoop vanilla-flavoured whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon cashew butter
  • Half teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend everything well, sprinkle with cinnamon aaaand indulge! The mixture of four different nut butters is simply amazing!

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Smoothie – Day 26 – Kiwi/Banana Green Smoothie

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I haven’t made green smoothies for a while, so I think it is now perfect time to make this vitamin bomb! The ingredients are as follows:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 kiwi fruits
  • 2 celery ribs
  • A handful of spinach
  • 5 thick slices of cucumber
  • A few mint leaves
  • One lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens 81 Vital Ingredients Powder with tropical flavour (optional)

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Smoothie – Day 25 – Carrot Cake

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Usually I can’t be bothered to eat carrots. But since carrots are so good and healthy, I decided to incorporate them into my smoothie and make one that would taste like a carrot cake! Here is what I put in my blender:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • Half cup plain yoghurt
  • Two medium carrots, grated (I have to grate them as my blender is not strong enough to process chunks)
  • One frozen banana
  • One pitted Medjool date
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Half teaspoon cinnamon
  • Half teaspoon ground ginger
  • Half teaspoon ground nutmeg.

And it only remains to pour the smoothie into a tall glass, decorate it with grated carrot and desiccated coconut and enjoy the utter deliciousness!

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Smoothie – Day 24 – Sunny Yellow

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The weather in London has been pretty dull and gloomy the whole week and, longing for some sunshine, I decided to make a smoothie that would look all summery and sunny. Here’s what goes in my blender:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • One tablespoon plain yoghurt
  • Half cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • Half cup mango chunks
  • One small orange
  • A thumb of fresh peeled ginger
  • One teaspoon turmeric

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Smoothie – Day 23 – Sour Cherry Chocolate

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I think sour cherry + chocolate combination is one of the best ever! So still having a pack of frozen sour cherries, I just couldn’t help making this one. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, here is what you need:

  • Half cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • One medium banana, fresh or frozen
  • Half cup frozen sour cherries
  • One tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Two teaspoons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens Cacao Boost powder (optional)
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract

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Smoothie – Day 22 – Creamy Berries and Cherries

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It’s virtually impossible to find fresh sour cherries (which I love!) in London, but at least today I managed to get my hands on frozen ones. And what’s the best way to use frozen fruits and berries? Make a smoothie out of them, of course! So here’s what goes into this lovely smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons fromage frais
  • 100 g frozen strawberries
  • 100 g frozen sour cherries
  • 100 g fresh blackberries
  • 100 g fresh blueberries
  • A handful of spinach

And blend it all away!

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Smoothie – Day 21 – Simple Açaí Smoothie

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Açaí smoothies are definitely not to be only consumed in the form of breakfast bowls, they are great to drink as well! This one is more or less the same as the base for my breakfast bowls, consisting of:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon with a heap açaí powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Half cup frozen raspberries and strawberries

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Breakfast – Day 43

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Those who follow healthy eating blogs and Instagram pages have probably been seeing a lot of açaí bowls lately, which are apparently the new breakfast trend. I didn’t pay too much attention to them first, but then did a little research and decided to give it a try too.

So what is an açaí bowl? Basically, it is a thick smoothie made of açaí berry puree with various toppings. Due to the numerous health benefits of açaí berries, these smoothies have gained a huge popularity.

It’s not really possible to find açaí berries outside Brazil, the best thing you can get at the best whole foods supermarkets or online is a frozen berry puree pack. I wasn’t lucky enough to get one at Whole Foods – they had run out of stock – so I got some freeze-dried açaí berry powder, which I guess is not bad either.

To make the smoothie I mix half cup almond milk, a frozen banana, 10 frozen strawberries, 10 frozen raspberries, a tablespoon of açaí berry powder and a sachet of Fruitein Açaí shake in the blender. Then I pour it into a bowl and top it with various fruits and berries and chia seeds. The topping possibilities are endless by the way, people often add granola, muesli, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, bee pollen, etc., etc.

The smoothie bowl tastes great, it’s almost like having ice cream for breakfast, which is great on a summer day!

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Smoothie – Day 20 – Black Forest

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When I was still very new to smoothies, I used to add banana to each one of them. They just felt more natural with bananas! For some reason I haven’t been using bananas much in my smoothies, so it’s time to correct this awful mistake. Today’s smoothie is inspired by the famous Black Forest cake and is made of:

  • Half cup milk of choice (I used almond)
  • One banana
  • One cup pitted sweet black cherries
  • One tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Two teaspoons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens Cacao Boost powder (optional)

I have to say, the smoothie has an amazing taste, it’s definitely one of the best ones I’ve made lately!

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