A Breakfast Blog

I am still without internet at home which is very frustrating and is the explanation for the sporadic posts recently.  Today I am visiting my Dad and making use of his WiFi.  Rather than do a typical, this is what I have eaten today post, I wanted to show you 4 breafasts I have had recently.  They are all very healthy.  3 tasted wonderful and 1 was not so wonderful but super healthy so I ate it anyway.

I did post this recipe the other day but was missing the photos I took.  As it was so delicious, I am posting it again, this time with the photos.

1. Carob and Cashew Dip

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 200g cashews, soaked 8-12 hours ( I soaked overnight and we had this for breakfast)
  • 60g carob powder
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp Blackstrap molasses
  • 250ml water

Method

  1. Drain the cashews and add them to a high powered blender
  2. Add the other ingredients
  3. Blend until smooth – about 3 to 4 minutes

Wash some fresh fruit such as strawberries and dip and eat and enjoy.

cashews and strawberries strawberries 2 strawberries 1 1 strawberry raw carob powder Chocolate brekkie strawberry and chocolateHarvey refers to this now as chocolate pudding and regularly asks if we can have it again.  Such a great way to get children to eat fresh fruit.  The fact he thinks it is a pudding is a bonus.
chocolate and strawberries

2. Sunshine Breakfast

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 30g goji berries, soaked for at least 1 hour
  • 4 fresh apricots
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds (optional, but they provide protein, healthy fats and fibre)

Method

  1. Cut banana in to chunks and add to blender
  2. Drain goji berries (drink the soak water, it’s delicious!) and add to blender
  3. Remove the stone from the apricots and add to blender with the sunflower seeds
  4. Blitz until smooth.

bowl of sunshine ingredientsLook at this amazing colour !  It looks like tomato soup but it really isn’t.Bowl of sunshineThis tasted fabulous and I could have licked the bowl clean (I did actually 🙂 )Sunshine bowl close up

3. Bloody Good Buckwheat 

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup of raw buckwheat groats, soaked overnight and rinsed well
  • 1 blood orange, peeled
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 banana (ideally frozen but fresh would work)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 pomegranate

blood orange and banana Blood oranges and banana close up Method

  1. Rinse buckwheat, drain and place in a bowl
  2. Blitz orange, avocado and banana in blender until smooth.  Pour over buckwheat.
  3. Sprinkle chia seeds and pomegranate on top.

Buckwheat and blood orange 3The buckwheat softens with soaking but retains crunch and the blended fruit and avocado is cool and smooth.  The seeds and pomegranate add more crunch so this is a lovely bowlful of contrasting textures and interesting flavours.Buckwheat and blood orange 2buckwheat and blood orange 1

This is the one that tasted awful but was so healthy I ate it anyway.

Spirulina cream

4. Spirulina Cream

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apricot
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 tbsp flax oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly sprouted chick peas
  • 1 tsp spirulina

Method

  1. Put everything in the blender and blitz until smooth.

Spirulina Organic Burst Spirulina cream ingredients

I dislike the taste of spirulina and the flax oil doesn’t taste great either.  But this little pot of green was so full of amazing nutrients I managed to eat it all and consoled myself by thinking about how much good it was doing me.  The texture was perfect which helped it go down.

Eating spirulina cream

Try something new and different for breakfast 🙂

 

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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