Happy New Year: here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2015!
Now a lot of people like to pay more attention to their health at the beginning of a new year: if the late December holiday season is about indulgence than early January is all about taking care of oneself. So this might mean exercising more, dieting or detoxing, getting more sleep or learning a new relaxation technique like meditation.
I find it easy to eat well during Summer because I love eating lots of fresh salads, BBQ and fruit. But when it comes to breakfast, I’m often not very hungry in the morning. However, if I don’t eat breakfast I’m ravenous by mid-morning and will gorge myself on whatever food I can find thus undoing all my healthy habits.
To combat the mid-morning munchies, the kids and I often have a healthy fruit smoothie for breakfast in Summer. Smoothies can be made in a minute — I keep my fruit bowl, larder and fridge well stocked so home-made meals and drinks are always a moment away — and I can easily adjust the quantities to suit the number of people.
Berries are in season at the moment so I’ve used blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to make this healthy and delicious Berry Breakfast Smoothie. My kids love the pretty purple colour and I love how satisfying and filling it is.
A word on the ingredients. You can make your own almond milk — see instructions here — for this smoothie or you can buy a pre-made almond milk from the supermarket. I like to make my smoothies without refined sugar so use pitted dates or honey for sweetening. For a thicker smoothie, add a couple of tablespoons of natural or Greek style yoghurt. If you don’t have fresh berries, frozen berries work extremely well in this recipe, too.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen berries
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 banana, peeled
- ¼ cup slithered or flaked almonds
- 2-4 dates, pitted or 1-2 tablespoons honey (to taste)
- Ice (optional)
- Blend all ingredients until well combined.
- Divide into two glasses and serve immediately.