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Almond Breeze Almond Milk – Competition

I have been using nut milks for some time as I have an allergy to cow’s milk, they are a great alternative for people who are also lactose intolerant and are vegetarians or vegans.  Almond milk can be used just like normal milk, in your hot drinks, on your cereal and is excellent in smoothies. 

Almond Breeze® is lactose free, dairy free and soya free and has no added sugars. It’s made using all natural ingredients, is a source of calcium and low in saturated fat.  When I saw the Almond Breeze® advert on TV (love the narrator’s soothing voice) I was pleased to see an unsweetened version for myself and the usual Original version for toddler ND. 


Almonds are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and are packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals, they are an excellent source of vitamin E, B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, and folic acid.  They are also an amazing source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and selenium.

Smoothies are a fabulous opportunity to infuse more nutrition into our children and ourselves too!  So many exciting combinations of fruits, vegetables (yes hidden vegetables!), nuts and seeds.  I also love a nightcap with warmed almond milk and cocoa for a seamless, soothing night’s sleep. The possibilities are seemingly endless! 

Some days a smoothie is all I want for breakfast, especially if I’m running late or on a fast day when I need breakfast to last until dinner! The unsweetened version of Almond Breeze®
has a mere 29 calories per 200ml and as I am still on the 5:2 diet with 11lbs lost and kept off simply by fasting twice a week I am keen to keep it up – a supercharged, supernutritious, superfood smoothie fits the brief!

Some days the toddler ND likes to copy mummy and drink her breakfast too, who am I to argue, have you tried arguing with a 2 year old, huh?

Smoothies are easy to put together and can be ready in record time.  I never get anything in especially, all the ingredients in my smoothies are in my store-cupboard and fridge.  The addition of Chia, Linseeds, superfruits, Avocado and Coconut oil bumps up the nutritional value significantly – healthy fats and concentrated nutrition.

Foodies100 and Almond Breeze® are teaming up with a competition to challenge us to come up with a super breakfast smoothie for a great way to start the day.  Here is one of mine plus an extra one for my child.

Healthier is a Breeze….. Goodness is now gorgeous!

Almond Breeze® Superfood Smoothie


Ingredients


200ml Almond Breeze® Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Chia seeds – see info below
1 tablespoon Golden Linseeds – rich in Omega 3
a good dollop of 0% Natural Greek Yogurt (for extra protein)
1 generous teaspoon of Coconut oil – see info below
half a small Avocado – see info below
Blueberries and Strawberries -antioxidant rich

half teaspoon Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar levels
Almond milk ice cubes

Add all of the ingredients except the ice to a smoothie maker or blender and whizz up for a couple of minutes till smooth.  The Chia and Linseeds will thicken in the glass if left but this does have the benefit of keeping you fuller for longer.  Chill in the fridge for a few minutes then add the Almond milk ice cubes.  Drink slowly and enjoy the health benefits!


Fruitful Almond Breeze® Smoothie Goodness – for toddler ND

Ingredients

100ml Almond Breeze®  Original Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Oatmeal
Blueberries/Raspberries/Strawberries
1 tablespoon (or so) Avocado
half a teaspoon coconut oil

As before, whizz up in blender or smoothie maker, add a splash more Almond Milk as necessary to adjust consistency, serve in plastic beaker with a straw! 

Quick Nutritional Info:

Avocado rich in monounsaturated (good) fats, vitamin A, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, Folic Acid and Potassium.  Phytonutrient compounds found in avocados, such as polyphenols and flavonoids have also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. 
Chia seeds twice the protein of any other seed or grain, the protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids and 5 times the calcium of milk plus boron.  With more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, a wealth of antioxidants – four times higher ORAC value than blueberries and 3 times more iron than spinach.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid and medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), it is thermogenic which helps to burn more calories to speed up metabolism and aid weight loss amongst other health benefits!

*I did not receive any free samples of Almond Breeze®, both cartons were purchased by myself.

5:2, Low GL – Breakfasts

Still on the 5:2/Alternate Day Low GL Diet.  Another lbs down, my BMI is now 23.  I am combining the two for a few weeks until I get to my target, total loss so far is 8lbs since the beginning of the year but the most important part is the health benefits of both diet plans.

I am currently doing 2 x fast days at 500 calories maximum and 1 day at 700 calories using Patrick Holford’s Low GL Plan. I find it much easier if I meal plan, below are a few of my breakfast choices. 

The rest of the week I try to keep to the Low GL plan foods following Patrick’s weightloss plan that I signed up for last week and try to count GL’s instead of calories.  All I can say is it’s working and I can carry on long term as a healthy weight control way of eating. 

All my breakfasts start with a mug of tea and 50ml of skimmed milk – 25 calories.

*Patrick Holfords Get Up and Go is a Low GL Breakfast Shake that has a wide range of vitamins and minerals with a blend of whole foods and is an ideal start to any day.  I have a shake about 3-4 times a week, sometimes for breakfast and sometimes for a light lunch.  On a fast day I make up a 20g serving which is 66 calories, made with 500ml of water, I can sip this slowly throughout the morning.

*A 30g serving is 99 calories and on non-fast days I will add a tablespoon of chia seeds and one of golden or brown flax seeds with 250ml of skimmed milk  for breakfast.

*A simple boiled medium egg on half a slice (22g) of toasted oatmeal bread = 139 calories. A lower calorie option would be to swap the bread for a slice of Ryvita crispbread (35 -44 calories).

*Total 0% yoghurt – 100g = 57 calories with 50g strawberries –14 calories or blueberries 28 calories or both would still only equal 99 calories!

*1 egg Omelette with 50g grated courgette = 99 calories, serve with a pile of watercress for an extra 5 calories.  And yes this is just one egg, the white is whipped up separately for a lovely fluffy filling breakfast omelette.