Last Sunday, after buying lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, we decided to make a healthy smoothie and somehow we made one every day for a week, because once you get into the routine of making it, it seems to only take a few minutes. Which, let’s face it, is just about all I can manage most mornings when I need to rush off to work. It’s been a particularly busy week for me, and it will definitely be this way for the next month at least. And that is why starting the day with an energy boost to keep me going was a life-saver. It kept me sane.

Sunday: carrot, beetroot, kale, banana

Monday: banana, apple, coconut milk, almond milk, ginger

Tuesday: banana, apple, coconut milk, almond milk, ginger, teaspoon of Energy mix

Wednesday: banana, apple, coconut milk, ginger, goji berries, wheatgrass

Thursday: banana, apple, beetroot, ginger, coconut milk, goji berries

Friday: banana, apple, coconut milk, wheatgrass, ginger, goji berries, hemp protein powder, cocoa nibs

Saturday: banana, frozen blueberries, coconut milk, ginger, goji berries, wheatgrass, hemp protein powder

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The quest for quick and easy snacks which are portable and healthy never ends. Why? Because I’m easily bored with any brilliant idea, no matter how good it tastes. Arming myself with a few breakfast / mid-morning recipes makes my life immensely easier. There’s nothing like having something to give you the right kind of fuel to carry on with your work. And coffee, coffee always helps of course.

This ‘overnight oats’ idea has been doing the rounds. I’m a sucker for anything that looks cute; plus its preparation sounded like a 2-minute affair.

My first trial didn’t go very well. I kept it plain and simple and I didn’t like the taste of the oats in the morning – they seemed not to absorb enough liquid for some reason, even though I had measured the milk out and everything (something I rarely do). They also tasted too raw for my liking.

I tried again and this time added some jam (just 1 teaspoon, because I’m not a big fan) and fresh strawberries the morning after. Already a huge improvement but I was sure that I could improve on this.

Enter Chia seeds. I read that they will improve the consistency and that they are good for your health, so I put it on my shopping list and tried the overnight oats again.

With approximate equal amounts of steel-cut quick-cooking oats and milk (you can use almond/soya/coconut milk if you prefer) and a tablespoon of chia seeds, the next morning the oats did not only have a more pleasant texture but they also tasted better. Then I added a teaspoon of peanut butter and some mixed nuts and seeds. Remarkable improvement 🙂 I shall be making these oats more often.

Tip: keep your old jars, clean them well and use them to make individual portions that you can pack with you to work (or school!)

IMG_20150319_213224You will need (2 portions)

1 apple, finely diced
1 medium carrot, finely diced
1/2 a fennel bulb, finely diced
1/2 cucumber, finely diced
2-3 cups mixed greens
handful chopped almonds/walnuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
juice of half a lemon
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste

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