Orange and Banana Smoothie

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Winter is almost fading away and its getting bright and sunny here in Bangalore. And its time to bring back the juicers and blenders into the kitchen again. I have had a wonderful winter this year. Family visiting us, lots of Indian winter food cooking in the kitchen, overload of ghee and pure indulgence. And suddenly now I feel there is a spate of drought in my kitchen and my house. Its a signal saying that its time to go back to old ways, old ways of cooking (less ghee) and old ways of eating (eating healthy). And here comes my favorite smoothie to my respite. This Orange and Banana Smoothie is all about freshness and yumness.

While the freshly squeezed orange juice adds the much need zing to the smoothie, the mini bananas adds the natural sweetness to this charming beauty. The flax seeds provides the nutrients and the pure vanilla extract the amazing flavour to this smoothie. Gets ready in no time and full of goodness that you ought to fall in love with it.

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RECIPE

INGREDIENTS: (For 2 people)

  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 medium bananas, frozen for 10 minutes
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp rolled oats, lightly toasted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup/ agave
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest, to garnish
  • few mint leaves, to garnish
  • 4 – 5 ice cubes, optional

METHOD:

  • In a blender put orange juice, roughly chopped frozen bananas, flax seeds, yogurt, oats, vanilla extract, maple syrup and ice cubes and blend it until no lumps are there.
  • Transfer this to a glass, garnish with some orange zest and mint leaves are serve.

Enjoy!

Berry Banana Smoothie

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The pretty pink color greeting you a beautiful morning – is there anything more you can ask for? Yes that’s my new found friend – Berry Banana Smoothie.

I love the whole new concept of Breakfast on the Go. It’s exciting how simple things come together to make something delicious and healthy. And not to forget mornings are calmer and peaceful since these dishes are quite simple to make. Among the myriad of options that you can make, breakfast smoothie is my all time favorite. Throw in some basic pantry staples in the blender and let it to the rest. Try it once and you’ll be hooked forever.

Smoothies is like a meal in the glass. Quite filling and makes you feel rejuvenated. Creamy, nutritious and everything yummy you can ask for each morning!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS: (For 1 – 2 people)

  • 1 big banana, kept in the freezer for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup of mixed berries (I used strawberries and blackberries)
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 120 ml chilled unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
  • pinch of cinnamon powder
  • pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • few mint leaves, to garnish (optional)

METHOD:

  • Roughly chop the bananas and keep aside.
  • Put the chopped bananas, mixed berries, yogurt, agave nectar, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and coconut milk in the blender and blend until its smooth and lump free
  • Add the chia seeds and give it a quick stir. Transfer it to the serving glass/jar.
  • Garnish it with mint leaves and serve chill!

Enjoy!

 

 

Mango Smoothie Bowl

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Each day being hot and muggy, you need something absolutely delicious to recharge yourself.  Off late breakfast had become mundane and to break from the typical options, I started making more creative options. This smoothie bowl is a pretty start to my day. After sweating it out in the gym, my husband and I are lured to these smoothie bowls almost instantaneously.  This smoothie bowl is great guilt-free make ahead breakfast option that leaves you satisfied and happy.

There are myriad of options with which you can play around while making your bowl, however this Mango Smoothie Bowl is a nice way to honor the summer by including the most delicious mangoes available in the super market. The bursts of different flavors from the fruits makes you crave for more. The simplicity in preparation and inclusion of super foods and healthy ingredients in this bowl makes you devour this yummy bowl.

After all that sweet sweat, you deserve this little reward. Why wait, go and make your favorite breakfast bowl now!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS (For 2 people):

For the base:

  • 2 cups low fat yoghurt
  • 1 medium sized alphonso mango roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (optional, or you can substitute with honey)
  • 1 tsp black chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

For toppings:

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 1 plum, cut lengthwise
  • 1 tsp black chia seeds
  • 10 – 12 pieces dried berries
  • 1 alphonso mango, diced

METHOD:

  • In a blender mix 1 mango and yoghurt until it forms a smooth puree.
  • To this mixture add agave nectar, chia seeds and rolled oats and mix well until well incorporated and oats don’t form clusters.
  • Divide this mixture evenly between 2 bowls in which the dish will be served ultimately.
  • Refrigerate it overnight or atleast 8 hours.
  • 30 minutes before serving, top the oats mixture with diced mangoes,pomegranate seeds, grated coconut, plums, chia seeds and few dried berries.
  • Dive in!

 

Eat Your Smoothie

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When mornings start with something so delicious, so picturesque, you don’t mind hitting the reset button for a healthy life! Smoothie bowls have started to adorn my breakfast table every morning. Smoothie bowls is the new trend everywhere and I have joined in too since its seriously yum and a true celebration of the fresh produce.

These bowls provide a perfect start to my day, makes me feel fresh, and full of energy. The panorama of colors, the freshness of the winter fruits and the creaminess of the smoothie makes you want to go for a second helping again and again. While the yoghurt and fruits provide the creaminess to the meal, the nuts provide the necessary nutrition and crunch to the dish . The superfood – chia seeds (which has been my absolute favorite for quite sometime now) adds enormous health benefits too.

So now that you have made some resolutions to keep healthy, eat healthy, lets make this smoothie bowl which is as beautiful to your palate as to your eyes. Quick to make, creamy and cold, fresh and seriously tasty. For once reward yourself with something nice because you deserve every bit of it!

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RECIPE

INGREDIENTS: (For 2 people)

  • 10 fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 large bananas, frozen for atleast 15 minutes and chopped
  • 3/4 cup greek yoghurt (you can use plain yoghurt too)
  • 8 tbsp almond/coconut milk
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp black chia seeds
  • 2 fresh figs, cut lengthwise for garnish
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate
  • 1 kiwi, scooped into balls, for garnish
  • 2 tbsp unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped for garnish (you can also use toasted almonds)

METHOD:

  • Whisk the greek yoghurt using a wire whisk until its smooth.
  • In a blender, blend strawberries, almond milk, yoghurt, frozen and chopped bananas, vanilla extract and maple syrup until its smooth and lump free.
  • Now stir in chia seeds until evenly incorporated.
  • Take a glass/bowl and place quarter of the pomegranate seeds at the bottom and then pour in the smoothie mixture.
  • Garnish with kiwi balls, fresh figs, pistachios, remaining pomegranate and dive in!

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Keep healthy, eat healthy!