Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

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I love chocolate milk and especially this healthy homemade chocolate milk recipe made with juicy medjool dates and peanut butter powder!  This recipe is so quick to make and makes a great after school snack for the kids or a treat for the bigger kids at home 😉

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ingredients

Serves 2/3

1 Banana

2/3 Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter Powder

3 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp of Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp of Sesame Seeds

1-2 cups of Almond Milk

Water

You can vary the ingredient quantities a little here and there to your tastes.

Blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and serve cold.  Adjust the almond milk or water for your preferred texture.  My favourite is a double cream texture.  In the winter I like to keep the blender on to serve it a little warmer, you could also warm it up on the cooker to make creamy hot chocolate.

Enjoy!

Angie Milne

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Weight Loss Journey Vlog 5

Finally I reached my two stone weight loss target! 

Watch the video below for a full update of my weight loss journey so far!  I hope you find inspiration for your own journey or inspiration to start because I didn’t even think I’d loose a few lbs never mind two stone!  It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Weight & Diet Update

It felt amazing to finally reach my two stone goal!  It was a big goal for me and I still can’t quite believe I have come this far.  I worked really hard at my exercising and improving my eating habits.  I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I eat loads of plant based meals and I believe this contributed to my weight loss and general improvements of my health.  I have however gained 2/3lbs since this video due to my over consumption of stodgy comforting foods.  I blame the cold weather but I am back on track tomorrow so hopefully that will shift!  hee hee!

I’m not bothered I feel happy with who I am and will continue working towards the next goal 😉

Journaling

I have been journaling to help with my anxiety, this helps me focus on my direction, goals, to do list and change my negative patterns of thinking and just generally improves my mental well being.  I quite often struggle with my thoughts and negative thinking and this has helped me to address these issues and change them around for the better.  I’m not perfect but a work in progress!

Workout Routine

I have changed my routine a little bit from doing step aerobics everyday.  I ended up with a bit of a sore knee and realised I needed to vary it a little to avoid injury.  So because of this I have included some strength training and yoga in every second day.  This has helped with my strength throughout my cardio sessions and I’m happy with how it is working for me.

So before my workout I have a pre-workout shot made with the Motion Fitness Superfood Powder .  I have found it to be a powerful blend and it has helped give me a boost especially throughout my cardio sessions.  So I like to have this 30 minutes before my workout to give it time to absorb and do its magic!  I use my smoothie builder to make a healthy repair smoothie for myself.  This helps me to repair my body and top up my energy stores after my workout.  I love using my Smoothie Builder to make up my repair smoothie.  Sometimes I make smoothies which are not based on this format but this is pretty standard for me.

Smoothie Builder

I have shared my ‘Smoothie Builder’ sheet in this video, of which you can find below.  It details the categories of foods I add to my smoothies and you may find it helpful for your own smoothie combinations.  In the video I mentioned a variety of super foods that I included in my smoothies from time to time.  I have detailed where you can buy those below.  Remember that the name Superfoods is just a marketing term and they are just foods which are nutritionally potent in various ways and turned into pills or powders (some are also fresh).

‘Super foods’ –
Barley Grass
Spirulina
Wheatgrass
Acai Berry
Bee Pollen
Maca Root
Cacao

If you want to learn more or do your own Super food research then I would recommend checking out David Wolfe and some of his training courses.  There are also a good selection of training courses on Mind Body Green they are definitely worth checking out and are affordable.  Patrick Holfords selection of Nutrition books are also worth a read.  They are packed with the latest health and nutrition research.

This image is what I do for my own personal smoothie making it is not dietary advice!!!
Please do your own research when it comes to your health needs and requirements.

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If you have any questions then please drop me a line in the comments below.

Lots of love and good luck on your own health and fitness journey!

Angie Milne


Grey Berry Smoothie

Ok I know the colour is absolute yuk…but not all of my smoothies come out in beautiful pastel colours! lol! 😉

Super easy to make, simply blend all of the ingredients in the list and add in some of your own if you wish.

Ingredients

Handful of Blueberries

A few tbsp of live coconut yoghurt

A tbsp of Cacao Powder

Banana

A tsp of Super Mushroom powder (you could add in a Superfood Mushroom supplement of choice)

Chia Seeds

A splash of almond milk and Water

This is a super nutritious blend combined together.  Check out some of the links below for further research and information on these superfoods.

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is chocolate in its raw and natural state, its super nutritious.  Click below for access to a really interesting article on the benefits of Cacao Powder.  There is loads of information online regarding the health benefits of Cacao, I would recommend doing further research in this area.  You can also make your own Raw healthy Chocolate with cacao powder…yes chocolate can be healthy.  You can buy Cacao Powder in the supermarket but I find its better value to buy it in bulk.  Check out the brand below for a high quality raw product.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Cacao / Cocoa Powder 1kg

Super Mushroom Powder

I use a blend from Indigo Herbs, I absolutely love their products and find their powders deep in colour and very high quality.  They are a Uk company.  I’ve added a link to the super mushroom powder that I use below.  There are instructions provided with how much to take, do your research and go easy, its very powerful!

 
Super Mushroom Nutri-Complex – 100g – Indigo Herbs

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Love & Smoothies

Angie xx

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Green Smoothie Matcha Bowl

Approx calories: 335

I made an awesome green smoothie bowl this morning with several superfoods such as Green Matcha, Cacao Nibs and a sprinkle of Goji berries.  These foods are positively awesome and I felt so much energy after eating this bowl of colourful foods this morning.  I’ve provided some info at the bottom of this post about these superfoods and where you can purchase them.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, you can mix it up a bit with the greens and different plant milks etc.  Any questions drop me a line 😀

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp of Coconut Yoghurt

A handful of spinach leaves

1 Tsp of Matcha

Almond milk – just enough to create a soup like consistency

Goji Berries

Cacao Nibs (Raw chocolate pieces)

Chia Seeds

Sliced fruit of choice

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Blend all of the ingredients together adding the almond milk in slowly so you create a soup like texture.  Sprinkle the Goji berries, Cacao Nibs and Chia seeds on the top and add some sliced fruit of choice.  Enjoy!

Goji Berries

Goji berries come in dried format in this part of the world and they are packed full of nutrients.  You can actually also grow the plants yourself if your feeling adventurous.  Check out the link below for further information:

https://thehealthyeatingsite.com/the-health-benefits-of-goji-berries/

You can buy Goji berries in most supermarkets, I personally buy this brand as it is organic and you tend to get more for your money if you buy in bulk!  You can click on the image to order. Pipkin 100% Raw Organic Goji Berries 500g, All-Natural Non-GMO Large Whole Sun Dried Tibetan Plateau Wolfberry, Certified by The Soil Association, Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are fairly easy to come by these days in most supermarkets and I even purchased some from Lidl recently which is a discount supermarket.  If you want to buy them in bulk I personally use this brand, they are of excellent quality.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Raw Chia Seeds 1 kg

Matcha Powder

Matcha powder is one of my favourite superfoods and is apparently one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet.  It is thought that 1 serving of matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea.

This needs to be purchased in high quality for best results, I have personally bought this brand in the past and it is really high quality and I would recommend it.

This is a really high quality matcha and is very expensive for the size of the tin but you really do get what you pay for when it comes to matcha, and this goes for green tea also.  This one is actually very reasonably priced for the size, I have paid much more for this brand before.

http://matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/


teapigs Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder 80 g

If you have any other questions please drop me a line at angiecadie45@hotmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Love and green smoothies!

xx Angie xx


Easy Green Smoothie Recipe

Super Easy Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners

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A few people asked me for some easy smoothie recipes so I created this quick smoothie recipe that can be adaptable to the seasons and to your nutritional requirements by using different super food supplements.

The recipe for the easy green smoothie and the building block style ingredients are as follows:

Base Ingredients – 2 Bananas or avocado or pears (those are my favourite base ingredients, but you can experiment with other fruits, I find the bananas are good because they bind everything together.

Seasonal Berries – A small bowl of seasonal berries of choice, I like using strawberries, red currants, black currants etc.

Greens – A large handful or two of seasonal greens, home grown if possible.  I use kale, spinach, Cavolo Nero kale, salad greens etc.

Seeds – I like to add in 1 or 2 tbsp of seeds or a blend of seeds to my smoothies for a variety of health benefits.  Some examples are chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower etc.

Superfoods – I always add in a super food powder, usually 1 tbsp of whatever I feel I need nutritionally at the time.  I use spirulina, super mushroom blend, maca, goji berries, elderberries, acai berry, matcha etc.  The list is pretty huge!  Lets face it though they are just normal foods, but are special for their high nutritional content.  There are so many on the market so please do some research on what you require.  You can also skip this if you wish.

Dairy Free Milk – I use dairy free milk and always try to keep things dairy free in the kitchen because I feel better when I eat less dairy.  There are loads of dairy free alternative milks on the market now and you can also make your own, home made milks are usually nutritionally better for you also.

Ok so that’s a basic recipe which I use and tailor around my nutritional needs and seasonal availability!  I also like to add a small piece of ginger or tumeric root now and again.  I hope you enjoy experimenting with it and if you want to see the finished product check out my short video below.

Love, Angie xxx

 

 

 

 


Beetroot Smoothie

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Beetroot Smoothie

A quick beetroot smoothie with oranges and honey, delicious before a run or other form of exercise. 🙂

Ingredients

1 whole fresh uncooked beetroot washed and peeled

2 large oranges

1 tsp of Nomi friut powder or other superfood of choice

1 tbsp of Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp of raw honey

Pop all of the ingredients into the blender, top up with water and blend until smooth.  Share amongst two or three glasses and serve.  I like to have beetroot before working out as there are benefits for our bodies.  Check out some benefits listed in the link below.

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/exercise/beetroot-improves-exercise-endurance.htm

 


Tropical Green Smoothie

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Tropical green smoothie with spirulina and tumeric.

Tropical green smoothie recipe

Half a pineapple chopped

1 whole young coconut 🌴 including the water and the coconut meat

Top up with bottled coconut water – (not from concentrate)

2 tsp of spirulina

2inch piece of tumeric

This recipe is good for three small smoothies and two large ones i.e. a family of five!

 


Matcha & Chai Seed Power Milk


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Matcha power morning milk drink!

If you want something powerful to replace the morning coffee this it! 😊

Click on the image for more details of the matcha I have used, there are many brands.Check out the matcha stats below…an amazing nutritious drink to have first thing…
FINEST ORGANIC MATCHA GREEN TEA | Japanese matcha tea | Finest vibrant green powder | Super Premium Ceremonial Grade | Organic | Natural & Vegan | Tea Masters choice.

I started on 1/2 a tsp as I have not used it in a while and will work myself up to 1 heaped teaspoon, I would recommend starting small, maybe even 1/4 tsp as you don’t want to overdose on the detoxifying qualities of certain super foods.

So I blended 1/2tsp of matcha powder into a blender of almond milk and two tbsp of chia seeds…you can also just blend the matcha with the milk and skip the seeds but I needed a little extra energy in my morning drink and I was out of everything else.   You could also add a couple of extra dates for sweetness if you don’t like the strong green tea taste!

I swear I always feel a boost in my energy after a matcha drink, there’s something amazing about this super food and I hope to post a few more matcha recipes in the future.  Be careful to purchase a high quality blend though, you really do get what you pay for when it comes to match, Ive done a little research and the best one I have used was a ‘Tea pigs’ one and you can check it out by clicking the tea pigs image below for that but the one I have in the picture is by kineta, it’s the first time I’ve used this particular brand but I’ve felt the energy results from taking it.


Hazelnut wheatgrass smoothie

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Hazelnut and wheatgrass smoothie!  A quick warm winter smoothie before we head out for the day!  Wheatgrass has some amazing benefits and although I have a huge sack of wheatgrass seeds in the kitchen I haven’t successfully grown any yet so I use a powder in my smoothies for now.  The ingredients are below and if your not sure where to get the wheatgrass click on the image below.
I should add that you will need a powerful blender for this one like the vitamix to blend the nuts without destroying the motor, Love and peace ✌️

a handful of hazelnuts (use hazelnut milk if you don’t have a powerful blender)

1 heaped tbsp of wheatgrass

1/2 stick of cinnamon (optional but good for the winter)

2 bananas

water or coconut water to blend

Blend and serve, this makes enough for two! ❤️


Goji berry winter smoothie – youtube

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A quick film in -9 conditions of me in my garden with my warm goji berry smoothie.  The ingredients for the smoothie are below the video.

Goji berry smoothie ingredients –

2 x bananas 🍌

1 tbsp of lucuma powder

1 tbsp of chia seeds

1 tbsp walnuts

1 Handful of goji berrys

orange juice/water or almond milk

Blend the lot together with the desired liquids and serve warm (to serve warm keep the blender running for 3-5mins on high, I use a vitamix, link below)

If you can’t find goji berries click on the image below to take you to amazon where you can buy them in bulk and not pay the high supermarket prices.

Below are some links to  the health benefits of some of the ingredients.

https://draxe.com/goji-berry-benefits/

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-is-lucuma/