I have little trouble with breakfast – weekday or weekend, early rise or late slumber – I’m ready to eat! I often have eggs, sometimes porridge/oatmeal, occasionally cereal and now and again go for the ‘Full English’.
More often than not I root around the refrigerator and look at what dairy I have and then head to the fruit bowl – it works most of the time and does mean I get variety.
Just recently I have been experimenting with the fashionable smoothie bowls that have been doing the rounds and simply love them. I have tried them with fruit, nuts, seeds in all their guises and with yogurt and quark.
My fail-safe recipe uses 150 g/2/3 cup yogurt or quark; 150 g/about 1 cup berries (depending upon type); 1 tbsp protein powder (or more if you like), 1 tbsp oats and a little sweetener. Mixed together they make a good combination. Now when it comes to the mixing you can blitz in a blender or with a hand-held one; crush with a fork or simply leave the berries whole as you like – I have tried all and each is different and delicious in its own way. For sweetness I have tinkered with Truvia, Agave Nectar and honey, and the protein powder is your choice – chocolate, vanilla, fruit or something else.
The one above is a latest favourite using raspberries, a little Truvia, raw cacao protein powder and low-fat plain yogurt. I simply mixed and kept the berries whole then topped the lot with some more raspberries, a few slices of fresh nectarine and a couple of soft-dried pears – Bliss!
BLISSFUL VERY BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL
150 g/2/3 cup low-fat yogurt
100 g/about 1 cup raspberries
1 tbsp chocolate protein powder (I used Blissful Brown Rice and Raw Cacao from That Protein – for more details click here)
1 tbsp oats
sweetener (I used 1 tsp granulated Truvia)
- Place the yogurt, raspberries, protein powder, oats and sweetener in a bowl and mix well (blend if you prefer a smoother mixture).
- Spoon into a serving bowl and top with extra fruit, nuts, seeds as liked.
WLS PORTION: ½
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION (without topping): 190
PROTEIN: 16.1 g
CARBOHYDRATE: 27.5 g
FAT: 4 g
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