We’re not going to bore you with a resolution speech. We all might have let our hair down a little towards the end of 2017. Maybe we trained a little less and ate a little more… maybe we ate a LOT more and trained, well, not at all! That’s totally fine. You do you sister. At Lorna Jane we decided to refocus instead of resolve. There’s no judgement, deprivation or punishment here, only energy, encouragement and positivity.

Diets schmiets. We are all about lifestyle. Make the changes you can maintain. Do things that make you feel GOOD and fueled, nourished and cared for. And what better way to fuel your body than a healthy, wholesome breakfast!

To make it a little easier for you to get a decent breakfast in, we have 3 beautiful energising smoothie bowls for you to kick start your mornings or even carry you through those long afternoons. Let’s recharge, refuel and refresh and gear up for an amazing year!

 

THE RECHARGE:

Struggling to get out of bed in the mornings? Hitting that afternoon slump ‘cause your body ain’t used to a full working day yet? We got you. This smoothie is packed with energising natural sugars, a bit of a caffeine kick, some dark choc for that endorphin release and a bunch of fiber and vitamins & minerals.

Ingredients:

1 – 2 sweet potatoes**

1 date (de-pipped)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/3 cup almond milk

1 tbsp nut butter (you can use peanut, macadamia, almond or cashew!)

A few ice cubes

Pinch of salt

To top: raw cacao nibs, toasted coconut, raw buckwheat and a drizzle of honey*

Method:

THE NIGHT BEFORE:

  • Set a pot of water to boil.
  • Wash and cut the sweet potato into cubes.
  • Boil the sweet potato until just softened.
  • Remove from the water and allow to cool.
  • Once it has cooled, put the cubes into a ziplock back and into your freezer.
  • Make sure your ice tray is full!

ON THE DAY:

  • Put your sweet potato along with the rest of the ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • You might need to add a little bit more water here, but the idea is to keep it thick and creamy so you can eat it with some toppings out of a bowl. Alternatively you can add more liquid and drink your smoothie out of a glass if you are on the go!

 

THE REFUEL:

This is a great post-workout smoothie or even if you won’t have time for a full meal. It’s packed with potassium and magnesium (from the bananas) which is great for muscle recovery, as well as protein to rebuild. The nut butter is high in fat which keeps you full and energised for longer, and your blueberries are packed with antioxidants which is great to keep that immune system fueled.

Ingredients:

1 – 2 bananas**

1/2 cup blueberries

2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (you can use normal whey or vegan protein powder)

1 tbsp nut butter

1/3 cup coconut milk

To top: granola, desiccated coconut, edible flowers and extra frozen blueberries*

Method:

THE NIGHT BEFORE:

  • Peel and chop your bananas into chunks, place into a ziplock bag and put in the freezer.
  • Put your blueberries into the freezer as well.

ON THE DAY:

  • Put all your smoothie ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • You might need to add a little bit more water here, but the idea is to keep it thick and creamy so you can eat it with some toppings out of a bowl. Alternatively you can add more liquid and drink your smoothie out of a glass if you are on the go!

 

THE REFRESH:

This is probably our favourite go-to smoothie. It’s a great way to get your leafy greens in, its perfect for summer ‘cause it tastes so tropical, and it is incredibly light and refreshing.

Ingredients:

1 cup loosely packed spinach

1/2 a mango**

1/3 cup pineapple (chopped)**

5 – 10 mint leaves

About 4cm chunk of cucumber

1/4 cup milk (coconut milk, almond milk or whichever your preference)

Splash of water

To top: sliced nectarine, sliced cucumber, extra mint leaves, desiccated coconut & golden flaxseeds*

Method:

THE NIGHT BEFORE:

  • Peel and chop your mango, and pineapple into chunks, place into a ziplock bag and put in the freezer.

ON THE DAY:

  • Put all your smoothie ingredients in to your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • You might need to add a little bit more water here, but the idea is to keep it thick and creamy so you can eat it with some toppings out of a bowl. Alternatively, you can add more liquid and drink your smoothie out of a glass if you are on the go!

 

*you can use whatever toppings you like here, homemade or store-bought granola, desiccated coconut, sliced banana or other fresh fruit, some chia seeds or flaxseeds, toasted or raw nuts or even just as it is!

**you can prepare more beforehand so that you have it ready and in your freezer, for the next time you want to make a smoothie!

 

Lexi Monzeglio (@leximonzeglio) is a plant-based chef and food creative from Joburg. She started out in advertising, but through her food blog (@plantlifeblog), food styling and recipe development, she made her way into a kitchen over the years. Lexi qualified through Matthew Kenney’s plant-based culinary course and now works as a chef, stylist and consultant full time.

 

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