Winter is about so much more than fluffy blankets and cups of hot cocoa. It’s about getting up, getting out and doing things that make you feel on top of the world. Whether it’s a sunrise surf or having friends round for a home cooked meal, don’t wait for summer to do the things you love most. Start with a list, and then press play – it’s as easy as that.
Staying healthy is another key factor that will determine the success of this winter action plan, so make sure you get plenty of sleep and eat well. Speaking of healthy food – if your Nutribullet is in hibernation mode, now is the time to dust off the cobwebs.
This nifty blender does so much more than make fresh smoothies for hot summer days. Take soup for example: we all love a wholesome butternut soup, but by mid-winter a new recipe is always a welcome change! This curried spinach, fennel and coriander soup on Food24.com is quick, easy, and bursting with flavour. Blend it in your Nutribullet, ladle in to big bowls and serve with thick slices of sourdough bread. Just make sure you let the soup cool completely before you blend it!
The same goes for oats in the morning – when you need a break, swop in a breakfast smoothie that will keep your energy levels up right through to mid-day. Banana, cocao nibs and peanut butter is a winner. Add in some yoghurt, seeds and coconut water, and you’re good to go. Another favourite here at @home is this anti-oxidant packed smoothie, adapted from the NutriLiving Winter pearfection recipe:
1 cup Kale
1 banana (Tip: use frozen banana for a smooth, creamy texture)
1 small lemon (peeled)
½ cup coconut water
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
Blend it all together and enjoy it on your drive to the office.
Hosting guests this evening? Whip up this Nutella delight in no time. All you need is frozen banana and a big spoon of Nutella! Add a splash of milk if it’s too thick to blend, but keep it thick and creamy to have a similar consistency to ice-cream. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or fresh berries, and serve in classic glass ice cream bowls.
If you want an even healthier dessert, blend 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and half a cup of almond milk. Scoop in to pretty bowls and leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours. Serve dusted with cocoa or covered in coconut flakes.
If you’re investing in one of these incredible kitchen appliances for the first time, make sure the Nutribullet Pro is on your short list. With 50% more power, it’s described ‘a superfood nutrition extractor’ – and for good reason.
Bon appétit, and good luck with that winter warm up list!