Thursday – Warming  Pick Me Up Breakfast Smoothie

Short and sweet one today:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 shot espresso 
  • 200ml semi skimmed milk

You can heat the milk up to have this warm, but I tried both and actually prefer it cold.

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Tuesday – Avocado, Banana, Mango and Ginger Smoothie

  I know, I know, avocados are pretty calorific so not ideal for calorie counters but they’re also very rich in dietary fibre and extremely good for you….and proper yummy!

Mango gives you your ‘super fruit’ hit for the day providing you with vitamins A, B6, C and E.

The ginger, my favourite superfood, promotes fat loss and basically just has a lot of good stuff in it….it also gives it a nice fiery kick.

High in potassium and low in cholesterol so great for those who suffer from high blood pressure. Deliciously creamy and refreshing! 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 mango
  • 2 inches ginger
  • 200ml coconut water
  • 1 tbsp Greek style low fat natural yoghurt
  • Ice

 Whizz up and enjoy!

Do try this at home – Pinterest Eureka! moment

If you read my blog you will be aware of my addiction to Pinterest, it’s not necessarily a good thing, especially when looking for crafty things to do with the children, you are basically setting yourself up to be bitterly disappointed and feel like a complete failure. The pictures and instructions always look amazing and easy to follow, we’ve mostly had fun trying them, but my expectations are always waaaaay too high and although I think we’ve done well and proudly puff out my chest when showing off photos,  I get a reality check when people laugh heartily at our efforts. Luckily, we laugh too.

Evidence below….

Banana Penguins!

How it should be done

banana penguins

Erm…..how it was done!

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Not quite the same, but we had fun trying, they’re slippy little suckers.

HOWEVER….

Da da da…..we’ve found a good ‘un! NEVER I hear you Pinterest pessimists cry, oh but it’s true.

Apple Volcanoes!

I was looking after a friends little boy and I thought what can I do with them all that’s a bit different, I umm’d and ahh’d about looking on Pinterest after my first disaster with the iced toys incident (see Pinterest disaster post) when I found this and thought that’s a typical boys-y thing, they’ll love it!

apple volcano

I was all set; I’d given all three of them the equipment to get started and told them what they needed to do, I stepped back and watched with trepidation, chocolate at the ready to ply them with if it all went wrong, tissues on the table for the tears that would surely come after another Pinterest epic fail and a steady supply of apples, baking soda and vinegar to keep trying if necessary. BUT….none of it was needed coz  it only bloody worked!

Such an easy activity to do with things that are generally in the cupboard, granted, it doesn’t last long, but it’s worth it.

  • core an apple
  • stuff the apple full of baking soda
  • pour vinegar into the baking soda…simples.

You can add food colouring to the vinegar for extra effect, which is what they’ve done in the picture above.  The kids were so excited, their little faces were a picture. Little tip: Stock up on baking soda, they will want to do it more than once!

My faith in Pinterest activities has been restored….until next time!