Spring smoothie and granola for the lighter months.

Spring Smoothie And Granola – by Tracey Wheeler

Nutrition  Tracey Wheeler

I have finally caught up on some sleep from the doco and am starting to feel a bit more human. It means that I can catch up on some of the nutrition that I have been missing. It is really hard when you are travelling to have all your normal resources at hand so it’s nice to be back in the kitchen and enjoying making things. I am in love with my blender for smoothies in the morning and my slow cooker at night, making easy two or three meals in advance.

With the longer days and warmer mornings I am also enjoying moving from my porridge or buckwheat breakfast to a smoothie in the morning which I love for the variety and range of flavours. I always use the guideline of adding something green (spinach or kale), a fat (nut butter or avocado), a protein (raw egg, chia seeds or protein powder), liquid (coconut water, almond milk or just water) and usually a fruit which also acts as a sweetener.

My favourite smoothie recipe at the moment is the following:

1 cup almond milk

½ tspn spirulina

½ cup berries

½ banana

2 TBspn chia seeds

2 TBspn unsweetened yoghurt

Image: Two Peas + Their Pod

Image: Two Peas + Their Pod

I love breakfast time. Especially when I get a chance to take it at my own pace to welcome in the new day and to have a bit of dream time.

I am always looking for new and interesting ways to enjoy breakfast as it is one of my favourite meals. Although I do have a lot of smoothies during summer I also like to mix it up a little bit and I’ve been playing around with some granola recipes too. Below is my latest and I think it’s a winner. Because of the high level of coconut it tastes a little bit like an anzac biscuit. It’s great served with yoghurt or can be enjoyed dry as a snack.

Granola:

3 cups coconut

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

2 Tbspn chia seeds

3 Tbspn rice malt syrup

150grm butter

Mix dry ingredients together. Melt butter and rice malt syrup together and add to dry ingredients. Cook at 150 degrees for 20-30min until golden brown, regularly stirring to prevent burning and sticking.

Enjoy! These are great recipes to play around with. What are your favourite smoothies or granola additions?


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Check out her previous posts under Nutrition in the YogaTalk Categories!


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