A friend of mine once asked me how I came up with my blog recipes.
Much as I would have loved to say that I’d been doing a fancy food or nutrition course, I of course had to answer that I basically just guess!
Before I started this blog, food-wise I had never thought for myself. I even followed recipes for packed lunch salads!
Even worse, I had no idea about food groups. I was eating carbs, fat and sugar together like there was no tomorrow, simply because I didn’t know what was ‘bad’ and what was ‘good’.
Now though, I’m in a much better place. By experimenting with different recipes, I’m learning what foods go together for taste and for optimum nutritional value.
Take this cinnamon apple smoothie, for example. Firstly, it has rolled oats in it, so it’s definitely a breakfast in itself, not the cereal and toast accompaniment which it would probably have been for me in the past!
Secondly, it contains a (heaped!) teaspoon of almond butter so there was no need to add extra seeds or powder for the protein.
Thirdly, it doesn’t contain all the fruits under the sun. Cinnamon enhances the taste, rather than adding unnecessary extra fruits like berries which would simply up the sugar content.
I’m so pleased to be able to say that as I experiment with recipes for this blog my food knowledge is also growing. I hope that I’m able to share something new with you too – even if you know all the nutrition stuff already and you just take away a new smoothie recipe from it!
And, with that it mind, here’s a classic example of a recipe I just ‘guessed’ would work tastewise but, with a little extra thought, I reckon works nutritionally too: my cinnamon apple breakfast smoothie. Enjoy!
- 1 red apple (chopped and frozen)
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 (heaped) tsp almond butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp sultanas
- handful of kale (or spinach, if you prefer)
As always, it’s simple – blend, serve and enjoy!