I’ve said it before- I am a foodie. I absolutely love food and I enjoy preparing it just as much as I do eating it.
Well, maybe not quite as much.
The way I eat has changed a lot over the years and has almost always relied on my lifestyle- how much time I have to prepare meals, my nutrition goals and activity level or who I have to prepare food for. Pre-motherhood, I was extremely active and very strict about the way I ate, having the odd treat here and there but I had completely cut out sugar and bread and was overall very disciplined with my diet. Maybe even a little obsessed.
Since then, I’ve always remained very mindful about my nutrition and ensuring my family and I enjoy wholesome foods balanced with nutrients and vitamins but I’m not nearly so strict. I still workout and I still add no sugar to my tea, cereals or anything else but I’ve accepted that my extreme sweet tooth is here to stay and just stopped fighting it, really.
It’s all about balance, right?
From time to time, when I think I’ve gone a bit overboard, Exhibit A- my birthday weekend when I possibly inhaled over 5000 calories in one day, I substitute a meal in my day with a smoothie instead. I usually do this for breakfast or lunch and then have my dinner with my family. Now, I know when you hear meal-substitute-smoothie, you might be thinking of those watery, bottled meal- replacement types.
Eugh! I did say I was a foodie.
No, thank you.
When I replace my meals with smoothies, they are wholesome and filling, always nutritious and balanced and of course, really tasty. If I’m going to replace food with a smoothie, it really has to be worth it, you know? And of course, if you’re a mum-on-the-go like me, these easy-peasy smoothies can be whipped up faster than you can say “I don’t have the time”.
Nutty Protein Boost Smoothie
As the name suggests, this smoothie is packed with protein and a nutty taste. I have always played around with both sweetened and unsweetened nut butters and my preference is unsweetened natural almond butter or sweetened peanut butter. You can use either in this smoothie according to how sweet you want it to be.
What you’ll need :-
1 medium/ large ripe banana
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of Scottish rolled oats
1/2 tablespoon of honey or agave (1 tablespoon if you’re using unsweetened nut butter)
Dash of cinnammon
Optional add-ins: Plain low-fat Greek yoghurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder, protein powder, dark chocolate chips
What to do :-
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!
This is one of my favourite smoothie combinations and I would generally substitute this for my breakfast although I drink it anytime of the day. It’s really nutrient-dense and filling so usually this will keep me satisfied until lunch time. Depending on my mood, I may add some cocoa powder or dark chocolate chips just to switch it up a bit.
Refreshing Berry Cooler Smoothie
This smoothie became a favourite of mine somewhat by accident. When I was pregnant with baby #2, my already existing anaemia worsened and so, my nurse recommended incorporating a smoothie with spinach and blueberries for extra iron and Vitamin C for absorption. Spinach, or any green vegetable for that matter, can be a tricky ingredient to add to a smoothie without that overly leafy taste. It took a few tries but I think I’ve perfected the balance to create a refreshing berry smoothie I can enjoy any time of the day.
What you’ll need :-
1 cup of fresh pineapple juice
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries (approx. 10-15 blueberries)
2 balls (portion) of frozen spinach
Optional add-ins :- Honey/agave, mint, lemon juice
What to do :-
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!
This smoothie is so quick and easy to make, it can literally be a part of your everyday routine. It could’ve been all in my mind but I genuinely feel less lethargic and more perky when I drink it. It’s also very versatile as a base so you can play around with it and add more fruit or complementary flavours, like mint. The best thing about this smoothie? The kids love it! Every time I make this smoothie, I make sure to make enough to fill a cup for my five year old otherwise he just drinks all of mine.
So, whether you’re giving your body a break from a food-filled weekend, want to fill a void in your nutrition pie, or in a rush and need a filling, nutritious pick-me-up on-the-go, go ahead and give these smoothies a try.
You won’t regret it and your body (and tummy) will thank you.