This week’s smoothie for my personal challenge of Losing Weight with Smoothies is (drums roll for dramatic effect…) a Spinach & Kiwi Smoothie!!!
I am already in my second week of my personal challenge for February and I am delighted to say that I have lost 1.5 kg last week (3,30 lbs), 50% more of what I was planning, so feeling pretty good about myself, I have to say. And all thanks to smoothies! who would have thought?
I have to admit that the first week was easier than anticipated. In all honesty, I was worried that I would get bored with effectively having the same lunch every day but I didn’t. The kale & pineapple smoothie kept me full until dinner and I didn’t even feel like snacking between meals. I think that also knowing that in every smoothie I was getting plenty of nutrients, vitamins and all sort of goodness helped me stay strong until dinner.
The dinners were had with my family. The same dinner as everyone so no extra work. On Tuesday I even shared a brownie with Mr B after dinner! And I still have managed to lose weight, so I am truly delighted and very much fired up for the second week!
As predicted, the weekend was the most difficult time to fit the smoothie into my diet but with a bit of thinking ahead I made it work. It’s all about being prepared. I have been making the smoothie in the morning and I take it with me if I am going out so there is no chance of being tempted while out shopping, or if you feeling hungry earlier than usual – there smoothie is right there with me
This week smoothie is another nutritional delight full of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium, and also delicious, because there is not point in drinking something super healthy if it tastes yucky, right?
WEEK 2 : SPINACH & KIWI SMOOTHIE
100 ml of coconut milk
1 kiwi fruit
2 cups spinach
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
The cucumber and the kiwi make this smoothie so fresh!
The original recipe of this smoothie does not include chia seeds or the protein powder so feel free to leave out. I like adding chia seeds to any smoothies as they are high in omega 3 and healthy, and the protein powder bulks it up and helps me stay full until dinner.
I am so ready for this week’s challenge. What about you?
If you like cheese, you are in for a treat.
This recipe makes the loveliest starter for a dinner party. It is nice, it is tasty and it is light – all the things you want in a starter. Camembert is a delicious creamy cheese in its own right and by coating it with breadcrumbs and frying it, you get a lovely crusty outside and a soft and creamy inside… just yum!
To make a starter for 4 people, you will need:
4 people (ha! I know, I am hilarious!)
1 big cake of Camembert cheese cut into wedges
1 beaten egg
For the sauce:
190 g Jar of cranberry sauce
Zest and juice of ½ orange
Approximately 1 pint or 500ml of vegetable oil, heated to 180C in a heavy bottomed pan.
Cut the Camembert cheese into wedges. Dip each piece into a bowl with the beaten egg and straight onto to the bread crumbs making sure they are all coated evenly. Let them rest and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
To make the sauce, mix the cranberry sauce, orange juice and zest in a bowl. You can have the sauce warm by warming it slightly in a saucepan while frying the cheese but cold is also works a treat.
Heat the vegetable oil to 180C and deep fry the Camembert for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and delicious. Remove it and place it in a plate with some kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
Serve the breaded cheese with the sauce and a side leafy salad dressed with a light vinaigrette.
This is the kind of starter that you can prepare in advance and just fry as your guests are just sitting at the table. You’re guest will love it. And if the don’t, they don’t deserve to be your friends… get better ones, you totally deserve it… I am only joking…
Invite friends and see what they think and if they deserve to be your friends…;-)
I love cooking. Baking, not to much. It might be to do with the fact that I am not a dessert person. I like the idea of cupcakes, cakes and so on, but we never really eat them at home and they go to waste, so I tend not to bake.
This Christmas. my cousin got me this book : Mug Cakes. It is ideal for someone like me. It is quick, it is not messy (always a plus) and it makes a perfect amount to treat the boys to a special dessert, or even make one for the grown-ups!
The last couple of days it got really cold and it snowed last night. There was still some snow on the ground yesterday morning so the boys got to play with it before going to school, but I knew it would all be gone by the time they came back so I wanted to make them a treat to make up for it. Crazy mummy logic.
To make a Chocolate Brownie in a mug you will need, besides a mug and a microwave, is:
2 tablespoons soft butter
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoons light soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 medium egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons self-raising flour
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Place the butter in a mug and microwave for 10-20 seconds until melted.
Add the caster sugar, brown sugar and cocoa powder and beat with a fork until it is very well combined.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat together. Add the flour and salt and beat again until thoroughly combined and smooth. Stir through half chocolate chips and transfer to a mug.
Cook in the microwave for 50 seconds @ 600W, 30 seconds @ 800W or 25 seconds @ 1000W.
Scatter the remaining chocolate chips over the top and cook in the microwave for a further 30 seconds.
Leave it to cool, for about 15 minutes, if you can that is. The cake will be then ready to eat.
The boys loved it and it really make them happy despite all the snow being gone. They inhaled it! And they really appreciated it all the more as I never make them dessert treats. I was the best mother EVER!
I will be trying more of the recipes soon. I can’t wait.
Have you tried them before?