Mexican Inspired Smoothie

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I realised the other day that I have only really made one particular smoothie in my Nutribullet for a long time now. I had run out of bananas (my go-to staple) and the only things in my fruit bowl were an apple and a lime, so I decided to get creative. Earlier in the week I had ordered a Picante De La Casa and thought: if you can put chilli and coriander in a cocktail, why not have it in a smoothie too?!

The avocado can either be added or left out of this smoothie, depending on how substantial you want it to be. The apple adds a sweet contrast to the tangy lime and fiery chilly. The herbs and spices make this a great one for nipping a cold in the bud. I’ve made it three times in the past week, so it is well and truly tried and tested!

Mexican Inspired Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 apple, skin removed (I used a pink lady)
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • About 5 sprigs of fresh coriander
  • 1cm cube of fresh ginger
  • ½ a small medium chilli (add more or less to taste)
  • ½ an avocado (optional)
  • 1-1.5 cups water (depending on whether you add the avocado)
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients in a high speed blender until completely smooth and serve

 

Spiced Banana and Tahini Shake

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I can’t get enough of anything spiced, in case you hadn’t noticed! I’m constantly adding it to recipes, sweet and savoury, whenever I can! This shake is great as something a bit different, especially if you’re bored of fruit smoothies. 

I always keep frozen bananas in the freezer and put them into most of my smoothies to make them thick and keep them colder for longer. I don’t use any other fruit in this smoothie so that the banana flavour still comes through. The tahini in this adds protein and richness, and you could always switch it out for almond or cashew butter instead. I also add a protein powder if I’m having this shake as a breakfast post-workout!

Spiced Banana and Tahini Shake
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, grain free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp maca or lucuma powder
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • A pinch of nutmeg to serve
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth
  2. Serve in a glass and dust with nutmeg to finish

 

Spiced Orange and Sea Buckthorn Smoothie

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Spiced Orange and Sea Buckthorn Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, grain free, sugar free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 medium seedless clementine, peeled
  • ¼ cup cashews (ideally soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp sea buckthorn powder
  • a pinch of ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender for about two minutes until smooth. enjoy as a healthy breakfast or snack any time of day

 

Orange and Cranberry Christmas Fizz

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For a day of indulgence, a Christmas drink is definitely needed. Bucks Fizz is a tradition for breakfast here, and this is similar but has more depth and flavour. It is the perfect drink to serve the whole family as it is delicious on its own or with a shot of alcohol. Or why not serve something impressive at a Christmas or New Year’s party? I’ve even included instructions for decorating your glasses! The small amount of spice in this gives the cocktail something different, and a really festive feel. You could even make up the syrup in a larger amout and keep in a glass bottle until you want to use! The recipe given will serve 4.

Orange and Cranberry Christmas Fizz
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, grain free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • The zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar + 1 tbsp for decorating (or 2 tbsp brown rice syrup + 1 tbsp coconut or other sugar for decorating)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries plus extra for decoration
  • A pinch of ground clove
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • A shot of pure vodka or gin (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the orange juice and cranberries in a small pan and heat on a low heat for 10 minutes until the cranberries are soft
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the glasses
  3. Place the orange zest and 1 tbsp coconut sugar in a small bowl
  4. In another small bowl, fill 0.5mm with cold water
  5. Dip the rim of the glasses into the water, then into the sugar and orange zest mix (you could use any other superfood powder of choice in place of the orange)
  6. Once the cranberries are soft, add the coconut sugar or brown rice syrup and spices and stir until the sugar is dissolved
  7. Using the back of a spoon or a potato masher, mash the cranberries to release the juices
  8. Pour the syrup through a sieve into a jug or bottle
  9. Distribute the syrup evenly between the 4 glasses
  10. Top up with sparkling mineral or soda water and decorate with orange zest and cranberries

 

Mulled Apple Tea

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In case you haven’t realised, if you don’t like anything spiced, you are going to HATE my advent calendar!! I love spices all year round, which is probably one of the reasons I love Christmas so much. The smell of mulled wine and gingerbread filling the air is my idea of heaven! If you don’t drink alcohol or caffeine but you still want something warming for the winter, this is the perfect recipe. And you can even drink it in the mornings or take it in a flask on your travels! This is a great drink to make up and serve to friends for a Christmas gathering or film night, and it has an instant festive feel. It is also super quick to make and no-fuss, meaning you can easily make up a few lots (yes, it is addictive). Just multiply the recipe for the number of people you want to serve!

 

Mulled Apple Tea
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, grain free
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 mugs full freshly squeezed apple juice
  • 1 teabag of choice (I used redbush)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Star anise and cinnamon sticks to garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the apple juice in a pan on the lowest possible heat
  2. Add the teabag and spices and stir well until the juice is hot but not boiling
  3. Squeeze out the teabag and serve in a mug with star anise and cinnamon sticks

 

Chai Latte

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The last week or so it has started feeling a bit cooler in London and it is definitely starting to get dark a bit earlier. This means I’ve been craving warm foods and comforting drinks again, so I’ve been drinking a lot of homemade chai lattes! It still feels a bit early but I’m so excited for woolly jumpers, autumnal seasonal foods and the smell of bonfires and spices. In case you are as excited as I am, I have decided to share my chai latte recipe. It is perfect when you are on the go during the cold mornings and don’t really want to leave the house, or for when you’re curled up in front of the fire. It has also become a Christmas morning tradition in our house, but it’s probably a little early to be thinking of that!

If you are a fond lover of the Starbucks chai latte as I am, you will love this recipe as it tastes almost identical, but with much more goodness! Anyway, as Autumn kicks in I’m looking forward to sharing many more comforting recipes with you, but I will leave you with this for now.

Top Tips:

1. If the weather suddenly changes and we happen to have a late summer heatwave, blend the ingredients well in a blender and serve over ice instead!

2. For a chocolate chai, add 1 tsp of cacao powder

Chai Latte
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 200ml Milk of Choice (I use Rudehealth almond drink)
  • 1 tsp Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teabag (Redbush, White Tea or Green Tea for a caffeine free drink) or Yerba Mate or English Breakfast
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
  • A pinch of Ground Clove
  • 1 tsp Maca Powder (optional for an energy boost)
Instructions
  1. Place the milk in a pan and heat slowly on the lowest heat
  2. Add the teabag and stir for one minute
  3. Add the spices, sweetener and maca (if using) and stir until completely combined
  4. Remove the teabag
  5. Using a milk frother if you have one, gently froth the milk (Not essential)
  6. Pour into a glass or mug to serve and top with ground cinnamon

 

Watermelon-Mint Cooler

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Finally! Summer is here! And I’m going on holiday this week so this beautiful weather is getting me into holiday mode and I just want to eat so much fresh fruit and veg! Yesterday I decided I wanted some watermelon as I felt like my body was in need of some vitamins and rehydration, and then this happened… My housemates were here so i decided to turn my invention into an ‘event’ and we all toasted to summer! It was the perfect refreshment for a sunny afternoon, and so full of goodness. You could even add a shot of vodka or gin for a healthy cocktail to enjoy with friends, I promise you will be really popular if you do!!

This recipe would probably serve two in standard glasses, or four if you add alcohol and serve in champagne flutes. Hope you all enjoy and stay hydrated!

 

Watermelon-Mint Cooler
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • A quarter of a small to medium watermelon, cut into chunks and chilled
  • 500ml coconut water, chilled
  • 25g fresh mint (save a few leaves for the top)
  • Crushed ice (optional)
  • A single measure of vodka or gin per glass (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients into a blender and blend until the mint is well combined
  2. Serve in wine or champagne glasses
  3. Top with two leaves of mint per glass

 

Apple and Celery Cleansing Juice

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It was a sunny Saturday morning and I had been feeling under the weather so this was the perfect start to the day. So refreshing and full of essential vitamins. I added ginger for a slight kick and also as ginger is a great anti-inflammatory, and the lemon juice for some zing and a vitamin C boost!

Apple and Celery Cleansing Juice
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free, juice
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 small organic apples
  • 1 bunch celery (around 6/7 stalks)
  • 1 Lemon (juice only)
  • 1 inch cube of ginger