A week in France shortly followed by a week in Washington DC, was bliss, but has led to a certain amount of weight gain. I am lucky that I shed holiday pounds fairly easily – a week or so of being sensible usually does the trick. Eating large amounts of vegetables, some fruit and cutting down on starchy carbs seems to work for me, giving a much needed vitamin boost and does not leave me hungry.
I also really really missed my Vitamix and my daily green smoothie for breakfast and had plenty of time when away to think about the drinks I wanted to make. My first breakfast home is my take on the Piña Colada – the Greener Colada – served in my new American cream bottle, complete with a stripy straw, for a food blogger prop shopping is a must when on holiday!
Recipe: Greener Colada - Pineapple, Coconut & Spinach Smoothie
- 2 small bananas
- 1 large handful frozen green grapes
- 1/3 small pineapple – peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 dsp Coconut Oil*
- 1 dsp ground flax seeds (linseed)
- 1/2 glass water
- 1 large handful spinach (or kale if you are feeling hardcore)
- Place all the ingredients into a high performance blender and whizz until smooth. Add more water if needed.
With thanks to Vitamix for my machine, Virginia Harvest for the seeds they gave me at the Natural Products Show & Scarlet Willow for the pretty pineapple napkin.
Secondly, Breakfast Cub, hosted by Elizabeth this month with a theme of high fibre – as opposed to a juice a smoothie uses whole fruit and vegetables so they are brimming with fibre