Thursday, 19 January 2017

3 Healthy Alternatives


When a new year begins, many of us decide to start a new healthy eating regime; some people lasting longer than others! I for one, am not having much fun with this healthy eating malarkey, but I'm sticking with it. To make it a little easier, I thought I'd share with you three of my favourite healthy alternatives - a healthy breakfast, a healthy drink and a healthy snack.

Overnight Oats

This is actually a recipe I found on the back of a Quaker Oats box...I know, how exciting!As an alternative to cereal, which is full of sugar, this a great one to try.

You'll Need:
  • 50g Quaker Oats
  • 50ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30g raspberries/blueberries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp honey

Method:

Add oats to a clean container (I used a jam jar) and pour in milk and vanilla extract. Add a layer of berries then a layer of banana. Top with coconut and honey. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Stir and enjoy!


Banana Milkshake

This is definitely the easiest - a healthy banana milkshake. This is filling, energising and tastes really good!

You'll Need:
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Tsp honey
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of oats

*You can tweak the volumes depending on preferred taste.


Method:
Pretty self explanatory really - put it all in a blender and whizz until smooth. 


Banana & Blueberry Muffins

They're not quite as good as a chocolate muffin, but these banana and blueberry muffins are perfect for an afternoon snack! This recipe was from MyFussyEater.

You'll Need: 
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup blueberries

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 390f/180c (or if you have an Aga feel free to chuck them in anywhere and hope for the best). Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.
2. Put all ingredients, except the blueberries, into a blender/food processor and blitz until everything is combined. (Hopefully, you'll not be like me and have a complete disaster with the food processor...it all works out in the end).  Stir in half the blueberries.
3. Pour the mixture into the muffin cases, filling 3/4 full then top with the remaining blueberries. 
4. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minuted or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.
5. Remove from muffin tins and leave to cool on a wire rack.


Be sure to let me know if you try any of these recipes out! Happy Healthy Eating!


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