Are you too, beginning to feel like it's the end of the year?
I have been rushing about so much lately. Term four is a nightmare for parents yearly isn't it? It is the term when school kids come home daily with a million forms to fill in for every imaginable excursion and incursion under the sun. My wallet is constantly open and empty at this time of year, keeping up with all of those consent forms and I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet. Yikes!
It's no wonder I am frazzled.
I have been so overloaded with commitments that I have actually been forgetting to eat lately and not only on occasion, but regularly. I find I get to the end of the day and then realise that I never stopped for lunch. Considering I am breastfeeding, that just won't do.
Way back earlier this year, I was lucky enough to win myself a stunning baby pink KitchenAid blender which I have been admiring daily ever since. Up until recently, would you believe I had not even switched it on? (Sinful, huh!) Truth is, I just hadn't found the time to plan a meal that required it; that is, until a few weeks back when I awoke on a Sunday morning to find that there was no cereal or bread to speak of in the house. All of a sudden the KitchenAid was a popular item from that moment on and I have been whizzing all manner of things daily and in particular, smoothies.
Before I continue, I have to say that if you're hunting down the ultimate blender, then let me gently suggest that the KitchenAid blender is the one! The jug is made of a heavy-weight acrylic making it great for ultra heavy duty blend jobs. (This blender can crush ice.) Best feature in my mind, is that the jug just lifts off the metal base too with no complicated twisting and associated splashing when it comes to moving the jug about. The KitchenAid blender comes in the most divine colours but don't go hunting them down online okay; you have been warned...you will buy!
Smoothies are the first thing I do hunt down when I am out on a shopping trip at any mall. I like how I can drink a meal and continue on foot with no untidy crumbs and no annoying drips thanks to their meal-like density. Smoothies are satisfying and healthy and I think they're the ultimate drink for women who are time poor and health conscious.
I thought I'd blog this smoothie recipe I have been creating at home since that fateful day when my regular choices were thankfully unavailable. It's delicious and I feel so good after downing this. It is very satisfying and I don't feel hungry for hours after a glass or two of my smoothie blend. I know I am doing my body a great favour too, as it is such a nutrient dense 'meal' just on its own. It's also a double blessing in that the kids love it, especially the toddler, who enjoys hers from a sippy cup while I drink mine.
I should mention that I always drink soy milk as I prefer the taste but you can substitute this in the recipe with whatever milk product (or non-dairy equivalent) you prefer. (Coconut, almond...)
500ml Sanitarium So Good Fat Free Soy Milk (or milk equivalent),
5-6 medium to large strawberries,
1 tablespoon of honey or sweeten to taste,
2 tablespoons of wheat germ,
2 heaped tablespoons or more of strawberry yoghurt. (I use regular homemade Easiyo as it's nice and thick.) You can add more spoonfuls of yoghurt to thicken the smoothie as desired.
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture has doubled in quantity and is sufficiently smooth and frothy. Pour into serving glasses and enjoy. You can add crushed ice to this beverage in Summer too for an extra cold treat.
There are many health benefits to be gained from consuming wheat germ. Wheat germ is sourced from the kernel of wheat and is therefore nutrient dense. It is high in E and B vitamins as well as Zinc, Selenium, Calcium, Potassium and Omega-3. Wheat Germ is also high in folic acid making this a brilliant addition to the drink for Mums-to-be and those planning a pregnancy or who are currently breastfeeding. This has fibre too and lots of it. (I can personally vouch for this fact!) The addition of this mega-food to the smoothie really adds a lovely texture, flavour and nutrient boost.
This is so easy and quick to whip up on busy weekday mornings.
Just pour into a travel mug to take along with you for the ultimate breakfast on the run.
Are you a lover of the versatile smoothie too?
Do you have any delicious smoothie suggestions?
Do you regularly skip meals by accident?
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