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Monday, 6 March 2017

Breakfasts - Smoothies - Part Onel.

I have always been a keen advocate of eating a proper breakfast as you need to recharge the blood sugars overnight.  This has come even more to the fore whilst I have been recuperating after my operation after which I was totally shattered for no apparent reason as I was not really doing much apart from resting.  I wondered if it was down to the fact that I was still off my medication for the scleroderma and a rise in the antibodies in my system so being me I decided to look into this a little further.  Bkueberries are very good at helping with this kind of an issue and so I have started incorporating them into my diet a little more.

I am also a fan of smoothies but as I am never firing on cylinders first thing I need to be able to throw things together quickly. So bearing in mind the need for blueberries and other fruits in my diet i set too in making my own fruit base in my slow cooker.




There were quite a lit of different fruits i popped in ie strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plums, apples.  I then popped them into the slow cooker with a couple of spoons of water and left them for a while and once cooked down I left to cool and then decanted into a couple of Kilner type jars ready to add to my smoothie first thing. This is what I ended up with two jars ready to go.  Can also use in other puddings as well but I have used fresh fruit and cooked it to get the best out of it and stop expensive fruit going off.  By the way there is no sugar in this at all.

To make my smoothie I then put a good generous portion of the fruit mixture some plain yogurt good couple of tablespoons and some milk into my blender and whizzed it all togethet in my smoothie blender.  As everything has been in the fridge it is nice and cold and all tge flavour of the fruit comes through and it tastes wonderful. It is ideal even for those who dont do breakfast.

However for me I need a little something more for my breakfast than just a smoothie and I add a different element which is different daily to the smoothie.  It can be done relatively easily and inexpensively keeping the appetite lively and not jaded just with a few simple tricks to make things a little more time efficient especially for a busy and large family.

Sometimes I have  bowl of muesli or granola sometimes waffles sometimes toast with home made marmalade or lashings of strawberry and rhubarb jam which is a personal favourite.  But I always make time for breakfast do you.

Take care.

Pattypan xx


4 comments:

  1. Hi Tricia, I always make time too, for me and the kids. I like the idea of this, I wonder how long it'll last in the kilner jars? Thanks for sharing. x

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    1. Hi Tracy I had mine in the fridge for over a week but was kept in the rubber seal type kilner jars. I filled my slow cooker mediym sized one full of fruit and only put a drizzle of water in; the liquid will form as the fruit cooks down so you are not diluting it. If you left the fruit raw it would soon Develop a mould film. You can add sugar if you wish I didnt and i enjoyed it wuthout but that is up to personal choice. Because it is cooked it lasts longer but common sense has to prevail and if you think you have had it too long then dispose of it or if your gut feeling tells you not to then dont. Its one of tbose things that is ideal as part if your breakfast but equally good as a milk shake when they get home from school. If its in the jar in The fridge it is open to everyone to help themselves ( at an age when it is safe for the littlies to use a blender dont want any accidents) or you or Steve do it for them. Anyways its a good way of getting good things into them without them necessarily knowing what is going in like live yogurt or a particular fruit they say they do not like. In turn it should help give them more energy as there are only the nstural sugars in the fruit for the body to process. Home made granola waffles and pancakes are also good. If its varied every day then they do not get chance to get bored. You could also use the fruit mix in a bowl of porridge that would liven things up a bit.

      Take care Tricia xx

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    2. Hi Tracy I had mine in the fridge for over a week but was kept in the rubber seal type kilner jars. I filled my slow cooker mediym sized one full of fruit and only put a drizzle of water in; the liquid will form as the fruit cooks down so you are not diluting it. If you left the fruit raw it would soon Develop a mould film. You can add sugar if you wish I didnt and i enjoyed it wuthout but that is up to personal choice. Because it is cooked it lasts longer but common sense has to prevail and if you think you have had it too long then dispose of it or if your gut feeling tells you not to then dont. Its one of tbose things that is ideal as part if your breakfast but equally good as a milk shake when they get home from school. If its in the jar in The fridge it is open to everyone to help themselves ( at an age when it is safe for the littlies to use a blender dont want any accidents) or you or Steve do it for them. Anyways its a good way of getting good things into them without them necessarily knowing what is going in like live yogurt or a particular fruit they say they do not like. In turn it should help give them more energy as there are only the nstural sugars in the fruit for the body to process. Home made granola waffles and pancakes are also good. If its varied every day then they do not get chance to get bored. You could also use the fruit mix in a bowl of porridge that would liven things up a bit.

      Take care Tricia xx

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    3. Thank you for this. Very informative and I think we will give it a go on a test run at the weekend. Very caring answer, thank you x

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