Super smoothie (Vegan)


If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, delicious post-workout recovery snack/drink or even just a nutritious little something to go with your daily blah then look no further because have I got a smoothie for you.

It’s gratifyingly enjoyable in a way that post-workout drinks should be, easy to put together with simple ingredients that can be mixed up to suit your tastes.

If you’re used to keeping a stocked larder with superfoods or just interested in knowing the different ways to use up those seeds and berries you can’t seem to finish then this might just be what you’re looking for and it’s pink.

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A great smoothie needs a banana and it’s one of those definite fruits that does wonders for your body and system. It’s easily accessible, cheap and sweet. Apart from some strawberries (you could use any easily blendable fruit or berry of choice), goji berries to oomph the superbness of this smoothie what with all the antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, chia seeds for the overall goodness of the omega 3, protein, antioxidants and fibre and some milk.

It’s pretty straightforward really. You bung everything in a blender and blend, but I will demonstrate still.

 

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awkwardly add milk and banana to a blender

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followed by strawberries, still keeping with the odd hand angle

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in with goji berries

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and chia seeds. Whirr to blend everything together.

 

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until you get a prettily pink drink, stippled with nutritious black dots, like so.

Stick a straw in and drink before you sweat or after or even if you don’t sweat at all. This will not disappoint your health.



Ingredients 

Banana: 1

Strawberries: 40-50g (1/2 cup)

Goji berries: 1 heaped tbsp

Chia seeds: 1 tbsp

Soy milk: 150mls (1/2 cup)


Recipe instructions

Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend at high.

Note: you can use soaked chia seeds in this recipe.

 

 

Hot chocolate mix


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When this world feels like a rotting dump of methane filled sewage, there are few comforts you turn to. A loving voice, a soothing touch, a reassuring moan.. and all these things are impossibly hard to come by; why else would this world have turned into a venomous pit of hate infected flies?  You need something restorative, with the potential to remedy some aches and provide warm succour.

You need a cup of hot chocolate and not just any ol’ hot chocolate but a homemade version. One that’s a pre mix, which needs nothing save pouring in hot water or milk if you think you need it. But it’s a mix, which means there’s milk present already, so really just hot water is all you need.

There’s a sort of whimsical poetry, like a fluttering tune about ‘hot chocolate’. The fact that it’s chocolate in pourable form that can be drunk warm. Wisps of chocolatey fog hitting your face and thick sweetness with all the richness of terra cotta cocoa pouring into your system provides instant calmness and an upbeat feeling of general wellness.

 

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Unlike store brought hot chocolate mixes that are doused to the teeth with chemicals that you couldn’t pronounce, this is one is fairly docile. Just sugar, vanilla pods, milk powder, cocoa powder, corn starch and salt.

 

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Split the belly of vanilla pods to extract all the wonderful flavour of the seeds. Sometimes it’s also called vanilla caviar. hmm.

 

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add it to the sugar. Don’t throw away these emptied out vanilla pods. Stick them in a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar. ah, the wonderful fragrance.

also- if you do not have vanilla pods or you’d rather not bother with vanilla in this recipe, simply omit this step.

 

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add in the corn starch to this mix

 

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whisk it about. Though it’s not needed because the next step will take care of the mixing.

 

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whizz it in a blender or a processor, whatever you have on hand to make this coarse sugar vanilla corn starch mixture into a powdery mix.

 

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something like this. See how it’s flecked with vanilla beans.

 

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add milk powder to the now powdered sugar+vanilla+corn starch

 

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in with the cocoa powder.

 

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and sea salt

 

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use a whisk to mix it well. Get rid of any lumps. And it’s done.

 

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there you have it. Your very own homemade hot chocolate mix. Store it in a jar and have fun with it.

 

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this is how you make it. Scoop out 3 heaped spoonfuls into a mug.

 

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add hot not boiling water.

 

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there you have it. Hot chocolate in the comforts of your own home. Made in lesser time than it would take for you to go out and have some. This mix is not only easy but so convenient. Anytime you need a fix just scoop out and pour.

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Ingredients

Sugar: 180g (2 cups)

Vanilla pods: 2

Corn starch: 30g (1/4cup)

Powdered milk: 200g (2 cups)

Cocoa powder: 70g (1 cup)

Salt: 1/2 tsp


Recipe instructions

Split the vanilla beans and scrape out their seeds and mix with sugar. add in corn starch and blend in processor or blender to make it into a fine powdered form.

Note: if you’re using fine powdered sugar then simply whisk in these ingredients until there are no lumps present.

Into the powdered sugar mixture add in milk powder, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk well and ensure there are no lumps. Once well mixed store in a jar.

To make hot chocolate scoop 3 tablespoons into 3/4 cup of hot water. Alternatively you can even using milk and also use the mix to create many shakes or desserts of choice.

 

 

 

 

Mango honey lemonade


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OK, you could keep staring at it all you want, or you could just march into your kitchen and make yourself a serving of this molten sunshine. Even though it looks like a pool of liquid gold, it tastes of aqueous angels, and they do sing a bit of harp filled melody each time you sip into this divine potion of dulcet daylight.

Well, it’s the summers and you need something that looks like sun and tastes like ice, only this is delightfully citrusy, lyrically sweet and fused with the plump golden pulp of voluptuous heat soaked mangoes…and it takes five minutes to conjure up this baby.

 

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all you really need is love..a couple of fat mangoes, honey, lemon and water. nothing too tedious

 

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you gotta commit act of loving violence however and disrobe your mangoes ever so tactfully, or not..really it’s up to you how you want to gouge out the flesh.

 

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then put into a blender of choice

 

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along with honey, and blend

 

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to get a pulp of midas proportions

 

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this is totally optional, but it adds an extra note of citrus. Carefully remove only the yellow part of the lemon. You can zest it if you want, or you can take a sharp knife and slowly peel just the outer yellow skin.

 

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like so.. and squeeze the lemon into a separate glass. There isn’t a picture for it..sorry folks

 

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plonk in the lemon rind, and it will slowly keep infusing.

 

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Now for the grand assembly. This is the complicated part where you can make mistakes, because magically a glass bearing the juice of squeezed lemon has appeared.

 

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now..lemon juice into the water

 

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followed by mango pulp into the water

 

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et voila, a lava lamp!

 

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mix well, twirl it around with all your might, form a whirlpool if you must.

 

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stare at it, stagger over speechless and renounce the world.

 

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pour over crushed ice

 

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and drink!


 

Ingredients

Mangoes- 2 large

Lemon juice- 60mls (1/4 cup) you could use 3-4 small lemons or 1 really large one

Honey- 60mls (1/4 cup)

water- 1 litre (4 cups)


 

Instructions

make sweetened mango pulp by blending together mango flesh and honey and set aside. Peel the lemon rind (optional step) and add to water. Squeeze out the lemon juice and keep aside.

Add sweetened mango pulp and lemon juice to water and mix well.

Serve over crushed ice.

This is easy..

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I  couldn’t resist this top shot

Enjoy!

 

Apple Pear Smoothie


This smoothie was a quick fix since I was feeling hungry, I didn’t feel like eating fruits alone, and I wanted to finish some leftover yogurt in the fridge, and I had to drink the glass of milk I had promised myself everyday..

So, instead of having it all separate, I might as well make something nice out of it.. and that’s how this smoothie came up.

It was unbelievably tasty, flavorful and healthy.. Took a total of 10 minutes, and I got two glasses out of it. Not too many ingredients required, and the best part is that you can change the fruits according to your requirements and availability..

Ingredients

1 apple

1 pear

2 packets of vanilla sugar (7.5gms each)- you can easily substitute vanilla extract for the same

250 mls milk

2 tbsp yogurt any flavour

1 tbsp sugar (not pictured) only if you need extra sweetness.

1 tsp blueberry or any flavor jam/jelly (not pictured).. this just brings some colour to it and an extra bit of flavor. you can easily omit it if you don’t want it.

I chopped my fruits because my blender starts acting crazy and refuses to blend fatter pieces.. it’s a bit of a nut my blender..

The rest of the steps are easy.. just put everything into the blender and blend till everything is mixed well and smooth. If you so wish you can even add in some ice cubes to the blender to have that gritty icy texture.. I didnt put any in mine, but it’s always an option.

This is a fantastic drink if you’re low on energy, low on activity and feeling lazy, or you need a quick drink before heading out to the gym or you need your kids to do some fruit eating and milk drinking. Wonderfully flavorful and Delicious…!!!!!!!