Wednesday, 20 April 2016

MY GO-TO BUDGET BREKKIE SMOOTHIE ft. PROTEIN WORLD SLENDER BLEND

Afternoon lovelies! So today I wanted to share something with you that I'm really hyped about at the moment. A few weeks back I started having smoothies for breakfast and/or whenever to satisfy my hunger and I feel its really made a difference! Last year I juiced for 2 weeks solid and lost around 10lbs so I'm a big fan of juicing, however it cost me quite a bit and I missed my food SO much, but I definitely wouldn't rule this out again.

I decided to go down the smoothie route as I'm not really looking to lose anymore weight although I'm a big fan of Boost Juices so I wanted to recreate some of their deliciousness (who's not right?). At first I thought it would be pretty difficult to do this on a budget, however in comparison to juicing it's actually a lot more friendly on the pockets. I've found that if you buy the fruit in bulk, get a few freezer bags and bang it in the freezer, you save bucket loads and there's no need to buy any ice as the fruit acts as a substitute - winner.

What I tend to have most mornings is a flavoured tea (more of this on the blog soon..) and my Strawberry & Banana Protein Smoothie, I find it really fulfilling and there is just so much goodness inside! I include the Protein World Slender Blend from their Weight Loss Range in Vanilla - it tastes soooo good but is really sweet, so I don't put a lot in since the fruit is naturally sugar-filled! As for blenders, I was on the lookout for something practical but I definitely couldn't be persuaded to fork out £££ for a Nutribullet so I found this little number instead (below), its a Multifunctional Blender by the chef James Martin and it was only £25 - it chops food, crushes ice, grinds herbs and blends smoothies so it was an absolute steal for the price, you can pick it up at Argos here.
My fridge is filled full with a selection of Alpro milks - Coconut, Almond and a Combined Blend - that I use in porridge and smoothies. They're a healthier alternative to milk, unless you're using skimmed which I also like. You can make your own almond milk with almonds and water which is something I used to do whilst juicing however it's not something I have the time/money for at uni. The Alpro's are currently on offer at Asda for £1 each and they last quite a while so buying these in bulk with your fruit is easy! The Vita Coconut Water with Chocolate we also decided to try - I was envisaging milkshake yummy-ness but it's definitely not for me (actually quite vile, lol).

 Another little essential I include in my smoothies is this - Milled Linseed. It includes all the nutritional seeds - Sunflower, Pumpkin, Goji & Chia - inside a single pack and is only £1.99 (an absolute bargain compared to buying the ingredients individually!). I've always struggled to find something like this as I can't quite get my head around paying £4 for a pack of chia seeds so this is definitely my new holy grail. You can sprinkle it on yoghurt, porridge or smoothies and only a tablespoon or two is required so the pack will last you a while - an absolute saviour for me!
If you're thinking of making a healthy lifestyle change, I'd definitely recommend substituting a bacon butty for a homemade smoothie! It's incredibly easy and a lot cheaper than I first thought so if you're a student there really is no excuse. Everyday is different as you can throw together whatever you fancy, but if you're wondering what I put into my Strawberry & Banana Protein Smoothie, here's what you'll need to make it...

1/2-1 Banana
100g Strawberries
200ml Almond Milk
100ml Apple Juice 
2tbsp Rolled Oats
1tbsp Milled Linseed
1tbsp Low Fat Natural Yoghurt
40g Protein World Slender Blend
Squeeze of Honey
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