Today has bee a beautiful day and I was actually in Stockholm seeing how pretty it is.
I am rather pleased that my daughters friend ate my avocado based chocolate mousse/pudding. I don’t want to call it a mousse as it is heavier than that, but they both loved it. Her friend thinks we eat crazy things so I had bowed down and made pasta (spelt, wholemeal which my kids love) … she did not. And of course the joy of kids they are VERY honest. But then I redeemed myself!
- 1 banana – ripe
- 1 avocado – ripe
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 2 tbsp of agave
For adults I add a pinch of salt and reduce the agave. This filled 2 espresso cups so enough for the three children.
I love kale… or maybe I more love the fact that it is so healthy and that means I love it a little more!
Kale in a smoothie:
My morning smoothies are pretty standard but when there is kale I add it. So yesterday morning I had Kale, banana, lemon juice, spirulina, raspberry smoothie (with water for the right consistency). Felt like I was virtuous all day. I also added 1/3 of a nectarine. I bought 4 organic nectarines… this is what was I able to save after less than 24 hours. Very annoying – but with kale in my system I could brush it off. I have a new compost in the garden hence I even felt good throwing the rotten fruit in there (well ish).
The thing I forget about kale is that it is delicious with a piece of meat cooked down with a nob of butter, some lemon juice and plenty of salt and pepper. Add some bacon or chorizo and you have a meal in itself. It also works as sallad – much more flavour. This means that none of the kale will go on the compost heap. But as I have lots of apples falling off my trees there is no problem filling my compost. This has also led me to another breakfast however with cooked apples, some yogurt (or not) and my muesli.
My garden is fabulous – I am also getting better at not killing things albeit there is a very big whole where the rhubarb was….
Finally it is summer here in Sweden and I am about to go on my holidays. I realised I hadn’t mentioned here on my blog that I currently have a course on Daily Bits Of called A Gluten free way of eating. Here I was asked to share some of my key learnings and why I am so passionate about my new way of eating, hence I thought I would share it here too and give you my easy to have at home frozen ingredient smoothie recipe.
I started cutting out gluten and refined sugar nearly two years ago and albeit I still slip into eating rubbish something overall I have actually changed the way I eat. I freeze the oddest of things and therefore ensure I waste a lot less food – ripe bananas and avocados go into the freezer for a on the run (in my busy life not a run from the police I promise) smoothie; a great snack. My course is all about snacks – I realized that with various ways of eating such as LCHF and Paleo there tends to be a lot of food ideas available and in my mind eating home made meals that are healthy and tasty is fairly simple – vegetables and salads with fish, meat or more vegetables can often be easy and tasty – especially now that BBQ season is upon us. But it is on the go snacks and easy fixes when you are starved (or bored) that is difficult – I am hoping my course helps people prepare for those dips. Some key tips from my course are:
- Be prepared! If you have good things in the fridge or freezer then it is at least possible to make a good choice.
- Don’t buy rubbish and say it is just for the kids – I eat all my childrens leftover sweets if they are there – they don’t need them either, and if like us you give your children Saturday sweets let them buy a few and eat them straight away.
- Be kind to yourself – changing the way you eat for the long term is a LONG process hence when you go to a friends house and eat a whole tube of Pringles, get over it and forget about it. There are worst things that could happen J.
Lastly have fun and experiment – if you want more tips about more snacks, food and general rambling about what goes on inside my head please go to www.lifeofmilne.com. Also if you want hands on advice about changing the way you eat book a one to one session (Johanna@lifeofmilne.com) and we can give the inside of your kitchen cupboards and new dusting of quinoa and buckwheat flour – unlike fairy dust this works if you want to feel better.
Albeit I am very much an 80:20 rules girl – I eat well 80% of the time and don’t worry about the other 20% I always look forward to holidays because then I can cook and eat well consistently and feel good too!
As an easy summer fix and a use of all the stuff you can freeze, here is the smoothie recipe which I had to hand writing this post.
- Half a frozen banana
- Half a frozen avocado
- 2-4 cubes of frozen spinach (depending on how green you are feeling)
- 1-2 handfuls of frozen raspberries (again use less if you are feeling braver)
- 2 tsp of spirulina
- Water to get it to the right consistency
Blitz and drink – if you don’t have an industrial blender you may have to let the avocado half defrost for a few minutes… Enjoy and have a wonderful summer.
I used to make a lot of sponge cakes pre my quest for a gluten free existence. I do like at the weekend to drink my coffee or tea in the sunshine with a piece of cake. Today is last day of school so cake is a requirement. It is funny in Sweden we call sponge cake Sugar cake (socker kaka), hence I felt adding the translation was not the thing to do it being sugar free!
The school finale was great the kids sang in the wind… half of it blew away but they looked happy and so did us parents. The funny thing is that Fritids or after school club is on so afterwards they can go straight back in to normal routine. But I think it is just the adults who care about that.
Apple and Cinnamon Sponge Cake 180 degrees C
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp birch sugar
- 75 grams of butter – melted and cooled
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 dl oat flour
- 1 tbsp po fibre
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk (fiber husk)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch vanilla powder
- around 1 dl of water – pour this in at the end to make it a nice thick batter.
Whisk the eggs and the two sugars, then add the banana (mashed up – I do this by just squeezing it a lot and then taking it out of its skin). Add all the dry ingredients and mix then the butter and lastly the water to get the mixture to a thick batter.
Then peel, core and chop an apple, then cut into slices. Mix 1 tbsp of cinnamon and 1 tbsp of coconut sugar and then cover the apples in the mixture.
Cook in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.
I think they liked it as the person I only got a small piece!
When traveling I always feel i spend a fortune on food that is all rubbish – hence lately I have brought a smoothie in a jar. This time I had a beetroot left over from yesterdays dinner so:
1 small cooked beetroot
2 large handfulls of raspberries
1 tbs lemonjuice
water to taste
Then just be careful…. spilling this stuff is not fun!
My kids LOVE banana chips but when I realized how much sugar and other rubbish (was going to put shit but find this a difficult one in Sweden*) they put on the bought kind I thought I would make my own! They are really delicious and depending on how thick you make them you can have them chewy or crisp. I also like to add a few of the chewy ones to my breakfast cereal (which is a recipe I can share another day!).
Heat over to 95 degrees Celsius
Chop bananas into coins and dip in lemon juice for some tartness or the juice of an orange to make them sweeter.
Place on parchment paper (bakplåtspapper)
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Place in oven for 4 hours – check them after 2 and 3 hours!
* In Sweden you say Skit Bra i.e. Shit Good meaning REALLY good. I state to my kids shit is a swear word as I think in english it is. I find in Sweden this kind of ‘mild’ swearing is more acceptable…
Today I am at home with my two kids. One is sick which is actually very rare, so a day on the sofa is called for. As I had time to make breakfast in peace and quiet I had Breakfast in a mug. There is no reason why this needs a leisurely morning, but as our microwave blew up 6 month ago – and yes there were flames – it does take a little longer to pop next door. Ridiculous I know!
Wheat and gluten free breakfast
Here is the recipe:
Oil a cup with a neutral oil
Blitz and mix:
2 tbs almond flors
2 tbs desiccated coconut
small handful of hazelnuts
2 large pinches of cinnamon
1 large pinch cardamon
After it is blitzed add a small handful of frozen berries or half a grated apple or pear. Mix this in and place mixture in the cup. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.
Service with Greek Yogurt or dairy free equivalent, some honey if you want to indulge and maybe a dusting of cinnamon.