A sure thing about life is that you never know what might happen next.
And so, suddenly, I have found myself juggling the final month of classes for my masters degree with a shiny new full time job. The situation is equal parts overwhelming and amazing, and the job, I am in love with more than I thought was possible.
The thing is, as with many new jobs, this one is starting on a temporary contract, and I'm terrified it might go away. I know that all I can do is my best and see what happens, and I know that life is unpredictable. I also know that this month of May, while I finish up classes and be my most dazzling self at work, is going to be a bonkers kind of busy. I hope you'll understand my somewhat sporadic presence here for the next little while.
To take the pressure off myself a little bit, I thought I'd throw this out there: does anyone fancy guest curating What's Good Around The Web? It basically entails finding five food, nutrition, or health related articles and sending me the links along with a short intro blurb and possibly a photo. If you're interested, send me an email and we can discuss the details. I think it would be fun to see what someone else comes up with!
Smoothies are perfect for busy times (segue!). They usually involve very little prep, and not much more effort than throwing ingredients into a blender and letting them whirl around for a bit. This is the kind of smoothie that does double duty as a nutritious breakfast or the kind of afternoon snack that can trick you into thinking you've had a sweet treat when you're eyeing up the cookie jar.
There is a nice blast of protein, lots of potassium, and super foods coming your way in the form of oats, chia seeds, and cocoa nibs. The cocoa nibs give the smoothie an intense chocolately flavour, and the sweetness comes from a frozen banana. It's refreshing, filling, and soul satisfying. I hope you like it.
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Chocolate Banana Bread Smoothie Recipe:
I like to soak the chia seeds and oats for at least 10 minutes to soften them up and reduce grittiness - enough of that comes from the cocoa nibs. If you're organized you can soak them overnight and have your smoothie in the morning but if you're making your smoothie on the fly like me, a quick soak will do the trick. Don't add the cocoa nibs ahead of time, and don't make the smoothie a lot in advance of when you plan on drinking it. The cocoa nibs will become very bitter tasting over time.
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon rolled oats
1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
1 large banana, preferably frozen
½ cup low fat Greek yoghurt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Combine water, chia seeds, and oats and let them soak for 10 minutes, or longer if you have time. Add all other ingredients, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Bananas are a great source of concentrated energy and potassium. They are also a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese.
Chia seeds are a concentrated source of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), are rich in dietary fiber. They are also an excellent source of essential minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium, sodium and potassium.
Raw Cocoa Nibs are antioxidant rich, and the flavanoid content appears to be helpful in protecting blood vessel linings and thus preventing high blood pressure.
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