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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Healthy Start to the Day - Banana & Cranberry Smoothie

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I have never been a big breakfast eater. Give me a decent cup of coffee and that's me set up until lunchtime. On the other hand, Nicola cannot function without having breakfast before she starts the day.

On a visit to see our friends, Paul and Alison & their gorgeous girls, Alison prepared a delicious fruit smoothie that may have changed my views on breakfast. I couldn't believe that a recipe with so few ingredients could be so tasty as well as being able to be filling enough to see me through to lunch. Ever since our trip to West Yorkshire, Nicola has been constantly asking me when I was going to make her a smoothie.

Banana & Cranberry Smoothie courtesy of Alison Wilson

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 125g porridge oats
  • 150g natural yogurt
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1tbsp clear honey
  • 1 banana, peeled & sliced
  • 450ml cranberry juice
Method




  1. Mix the milk, yogurt, honey and oats in a bowl, soak the oats in the mix for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Pour into a food processor, add the chopped banana before blending until smooth, gradually adding the cranberry juice.
  3. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

This smoothie is so easy to prepare so I expect that I'll be making it often, I might even do a little experimenting with different fruit, kiwi fruit, strawberries and blueberries will be next in the blender!

 

So after almost 39 years I'm beginning to look at breakfast in a completely different way. Smoothies are the future, I've tasted it! I would be interested to hear about your favourite smoothie flavours, get in touch and let me know.

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