Updated: May 26
Whole food protein versus protein powder.
I love taking this to work, I drink it right after my route is sorted and right when I am about to hit the 'porchmaster', there's a little posti humour for ya!
The ingredients in this smoothie do a great job at providing both quick-release energy and sustained energy for the whole day, plus it's delicious!
Spoon or spatula for scraping the sides of the blender
Measuring cup if you want to be precise
Jar with a seal if you want to make it ahead of time or take it travelling
3/4 pre-soaked oat flakes (or leftover cooked oatmeal, we usually have some of this in the fridge, a great way to use it up!) If you need something lighter on the gut/are prone to bloating- omit this ingredient!
PRE-SOAK OATS TO BOOST DIGESTION, ENERGY & FLAVOUR: do this by putting oat flakes into a jar with water and leaving it on the counter for 1 day (or overnight at least) and then store it in the fridge, use within 5 days. More nutritious than those store-bought plantmilks!
1/2 cup of the yogurt parfait I make below- or 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt + 1/4 tsp chia seeds. Use more yogurt if you skip oats.
3.5 tbsp hemp hearts- *be sure to store your hemp in the fridge, this ensures we don't damage those delicate fats! :)
5-7 pitted dates- this is your sweetness, use according to your flavour preference and also the size of your dates! I use really sweet dates from Saudi Arabia.
1/2 whole milk
4 ice cubes
1 cup water
To mix up the flavour add frozen berries or frozen banana.
To boost the protein content even more, add a scoop of protein powder.
Add the pre-soaked oat flakes, yogurt, hemp, dates and milk into the blender and blend.
Add the ice cubes and add water until you reach the consistency you like.
Pour into a jar for travel/storage, enjoy!
Simple yogurt parfait
1L mason jar with lid, or multiple jars, I make 3 at a time
Spoon or measuring spoon
Whole milk yogurt- enough to almost fill each jar
1 tbsp of chia seeds per jar- they coagulate, so keep this in mind if you want a more 'pudding' texture
1 handful of berries per jar- my favourite is dried mullberries, raisins or currants. Once berry season hits, this is delicious with fresh berries! Mmmm, you could also use layers of jam!
Optional to add flavouring- perhaps spice? Cocoa?
Assemble the ingredients into the jars and stir well.
Seal and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set. This will give time for the chia seeds to expand and for the berries to disperse their flavour, hereby transforming it into a parfait!
Stay tuned for my homemade yogurt recipe! In the meantime, here are some tips I use to choose the healthiest store-bought yogurt.
Thanks for reading,