Thursday, 28 August 2014

Time for Tea

"It's always Tea time" - The Mad Hatter
 
Who doesn't love a good cup of tea? Whether its white, black or green, there is nothing like that cup of tea at the end of a busy day.
 
 "A cup of tea makes everything better."
 
It's a very British thing, but Tea didn't arrive in Britain till 1662 when King Charles II married the Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. ( did you know that? I didn't #historylesson) So, Thank you Princess Catherine :).
 
 
Do you have a Builders Brew or a Herbal Tea?.
 
I have my tea black and just recently I've started to drink green tea - despite what people say, I personally don't think it tastes like pond water! 
 
There are so many different types teas and they all have great benefits.
 
I've recently been researching the benefits of Green Tea. The only thing I knew was the anti-oxidants,  
 
 
It even helps the waist line!
 
Drinking Tea especially Green Tea is a great thing to add to your healthy lifestyle.
 
What type of tea do you drink? Do you drink Green Tea? Have you noticed any benefits? Let me know in the comments :)

The tea cup and saucers in my pictures are from my own set, that I inherited from my grandparents.
 
If you like all things to do with Afternoon Tea please check out my friends Facebook Page Fiona's Fancies She has a beautiful collection of Tea Cups and Saucers.

Till next time
 
Donna x
 
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Monday, 11 August 2014

Banana & Almond Smoothie

I mentioned in my last post Fruit Smoothies I'm going to try veggie smoothies, Well, apart from adding spinach to a few smoothies (which taste great!). That is as far as I have gotten. I thought I don't really need to go crazy with the veggie smoothies, because I eat Veggies at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. So having (just) Fruit in my smoothies is ok. But I'm still going to mix up my smoothies and try out different recipes. I don't want them to get boring.

I've been searching through my recipe books for some ideas for my smoothies and I came across this book, that a friend of mine gave me years ago.


and found this recipe inside



Click on the picture to make it bigger :)
 
I just had to try it, and me being me, changed the recipe :).
 
Instead of soya milk, I used Coconut milk and because I only wanted a glass (1 serving), I used 1 ripe banana and I honestly just used a handful of Almonds, I hardly ever use scales, only when I bake. Most of the time I just look and think yep that's enough (not kidding ;) ). and I didn't add cinnamon.
 
 
First, I ground the Almonds
 
 
Then I added the banana and coconut milk
 
Then blend until I was happy it was blended together.
 

 
and that's it
 
 
If you love banana milkshakes and almonds you will love this.
 
Click on the picture to make it bigger :)
 


There is a lot of the 'good stuff' in this drink. I didn't know that adding Almonds help to increase the protein content, good job I had this after my workout :).
 
Do you have any smoothie recipes? Do you also have a habit of changing recipes? Leave me a comment, I would love to know :)
 
Till next time
 
Donna x
 
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Friday, 1 August 2014

Fruit Smoothies

 
At the moment I seem to have a bit of an obsession with Smoothies!
Which means I'm finally getting some use out of my Magic Bullet :).

 
Everyday for the past couple of weeks, I've been making a fresh smoothie for my snack in between breakfast and lunch. Also since my diet has changed, I've been trying to make sure I'm getting enough calories. Drinking your calories is a lot easier for me, I kind of get a bit bored with eating. And before anyone mentions Sugar! It is Natural sugar you get in fruit, Its not "fake"/added sugar you find in most foods and drinks.

Its been a lot of fun trying to "invent" different smoothies. I know, I'm weird, but I've enjoyed it ;) .

Here are a few of my favourites:

Fruit Salad Smoothie:

This is from a fruit salad that me and my other half normally make on the weekend and leave in the fridge, for a quick and easy snack during the week :). Its normally a big fruit salad and lasts for about 3-4 days.

In this fruit salad was:

Handful of Strawberries
2x plums
1x Nectarine
1x Apple
2x Satsuma's
Lots of Grapes
and Pure Orange Juice

For my smoothie I took a few spoonful's of the mixed fruit and filled the rest of the cup with some pure Orange Juice.


Berry Smoothie:

5x Strawberries
Handful of Blueberries
Handful of Grapes
and Pure Orange Juice

I've been making this smoothie a lot!

 
Smoothie 3:

This smoothie I got from Carly Rowena on one of her YouTube videos Link!! make sure you check her out :)

I changed the recipe a little bit, But Carly's recipe is in the Link if you want to try that one :).

I used 4x Strawberries
Chopped some cucumber
and filled the cup with Coconut Milk

 
I found this one at first a bit 'different' I was surprised I could taste the cucumber. I thought it would have just turned to water (not sure I'm making any sense, lol) but it is very refreshing. 

Banana Berry Smoothies:

I love Bananas :)
These Smoothies are my favourite!!.

1x Banana
Handful of Blueberries or Strawberries
Coconut Milk

or

1x Banana
Handful of Blueberries
4x Strawberries
Coconut Milk
 

This smoothie was a lot thicker then the others, and adding Strawberries to it was delicious.

With all of the smoothies you can + or - the amount of fruit. Most days I just added what I had left in the fridge or had what would fit in the cup.

These smoothies make a great refreshing drink/snack and help you get your 5 a day. 

Now I have gotten in to a routine with these, I'm going to have a go at making Green Smoothies! I don't really like raw veggies so I'm going to have to find a good recipe - Should be fun ;) I will let you know how it goes.

Do you make your own smoothies? What is your favourite. Let me know in the comments :).  

Donna x
 
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