Ever get stuck what to eat for breakfast, or for a daytime snack when you feel really peckish? I love breakfast, it’s definitely my favourite time of the day, but it’s also the time of day I consume large amounts of carbohydrates by giving myself a huge serving of cereal with soya milk, buttered crumpets or fruit toast. Lately, I’ve been making smoothies too, but I find a glass full of smoothie doesn’t quite cut my hunger. Whilst thinking of way to eliminate the bread and carbs from my breakfast, I noticed something that the health-conscious Australians are constantly doing- making smoothie bowls.
Exactly the same method as smoothies, but made with frozen fruit and served as larger portions in a bowl and topped with whatever toppings you like. I don’t know about you, but if your an instagram addict like I am, you may have noticed all these healthy food accounts displaying smoothie bowls with nicely decorated toppings. Sliced banana, nuts, grains, cacao nibs, dried fruit… they look so pretty to say it’s breakfast!
So I had a go at making one yesterday, and I have to say, I was very impressed. The thicker the ingredients you choose, the more ‘mousse-like’ the texture goes, so mine actually tasted like a creamy mousse or ice cream, but with no added sugar at all.
Here we go…
x1 frozen banana
x2 handfuls of blueberries
x1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
x1 tablespoon flaxseed
(Handful of almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and a sprinkle of cereal to top if you wish)
Blend all the ingredients together until a thick, creamy consistency. Add more milk to make it less thick if you find it too creamy. Empty into a bowel and sprinkle toppings as preferred. I have heard that if you make the above but with frozen banana, avocado, almond milk and cacao, it tastes just like chocolate mousse! And if you make it with frozen banana, avocado, carrot, almond milk and cinnamon, you have a carrot cake version! Amazing right? No added sugar, full of vitamins and nutrients, but tastes as good as a desert.
And I bet you never thought breakfasts could be so healthy and exciting! I also have come across something else to curve my sugar cravings this week that I may as well share whilst I’m talking snacks. Introducing Coconut Milk Latte’s!…
I’ve recently been purchasing Alpro Coconut Milk, which believe it or not only has 3.8g of sugar per 200ml, but tastes mega sweet! I’ve been mixing a small teaspoon of coffee with a dash of hot water and topping with hot coconut milk to make coconut milk latte’s for those after-dinner moments when I am craving a sugary dessert. The sweetness of the milk satisfies my cravings straight away, and with only 40 cals per 200ml, it’s not even calorific.
No excuses for reaching for the Mars bars now ladies…