Most weekends I wake and enjoy my breakfast in a leisurely way.
Many weekday mornings, however, are all about eating, drinking, dressing and getting out of the house in time. On some days I barely have time for a proper breakfast, which is where this Get Up and Go Smoothie comes in: it has everything you need in a work-day breakfast.
This Get Up and Go Smoothie is ready in less than 60 seconds, is full of healthy ingredients and can be drunk while you’re dressing and looking for your keys. It’s delicious, too – it’s a sort of banana and caramel smoothie with the caramel flavour courtesy of the dates.
Health-wise, the home-made almond milk, banana, dates and honey provide nutrient-dense energy, protein, fat and carbohydrates to fill you up and keep you powering on until late morning. This smoothie is vegan, gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free, too, making it suitable for most people.
You can use bought almond milk but making your own — ideally, the night before — is surprisingly easy. You just soak some natural almonds for a few hours before blending them with water. Strain the mixture and you have pure almond milk. It’s really that easy and it tastes wonderful.
Most people wake up dehydrated so I’ve kept the liquid content high – you’ll need a glass and a half of almond milk (375mls) for this smoothie. Personally I find drinking an extra large smoothie easier than drinking a smoothie and then a separate glass of water in the morning. The extra liquid will mean that the smoothie can separate as it has in the photos but this doesn’t affect the taste at all – just give it a stir to recombine if you like. Alternatively, you could add an extra banana for a thicker and more filling drink.
If I make time for a healthy breakfast I tend to keep healthy eating habits for the rest of the day. Conversely, If I skip breakfast altogether, I inevitably end up craving and eating all sorts of unhealthy food later in the day. So do yourself a favour and make time for this smoothie. You’ll be glad you did.
- 1 cup natural almonds
- Enough water to cover almonds
- 3 cups water (filtered, ideally)
- 1 banana
- 3-4 pitted dates, depending on taste
- Honey to taste (optional)
- Soak 1 cup of natural almonds in a bowl with enough water to cover them. Soak for at least four hours or overnight.
- Rinse almonds and then blend in a processor with 3 cups water.
- Strain mixture into a jug, squeezing out as much of the almond milk as you can and then refrigerate until required.
- The discarded almond mixture can be used to make bliss balls, toasted granola, a cake or the base of a cake or biscuits.
- Blend 1 cup almond milk with 1 banana, dates and honey to taste.
- Drink immediately.