It's pretty obvious why I love breakfast-from-a-blender. Smoothie bowls are quick, easy, healthy and delicious. And look great on Instagram.
Blackberries, like all the berries, are superfoods. They're low in calories, high in antioxidants and fiber and a great source of vitamins: C, B, A, E and K. And let's not ignore the fact that they make your smoothie look fabulous!
Chia seeds seem to be the new in the foodie world. Listed as , they are praised as an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You can read more about their superpowers at many professional nutrition websites.
Personally, I became a fan of chia seeds for far more prosaic reason. Namely: the coconut chia pudding. All you have to do is to combine some chia seeds with coconut milk and place the mixture in the fridge before you go to sleep. When you wake up, your delicious breakfast is waiting for you and it's filling, vegan and gluten-free.
Recipe: Coconut chia pudding
one cup of coconut milk
1/3 cup of chia seeds
one tsp. of honey
Stir together the coconut milk, chia seeds and honey.
Refrigerate for at least four hours (you can leave it in the fridge overnight).
Place into two bowls and top with fruit of your choosing.
It's a perfect treat for a rainy afternoon. It's almost effortless and you'll probably have most of the ingredients at hand. Combine fruit with sugar, make the dough, put the ramekins in the oven. While waiting, go take a hot shower and make some tea. It's an easy recipe for a moment of relaxation after a busy day.
Recipe: Blackberry cobbler
one cup of blackberries
3 tbsp. of sugar
1 tbsp. of corn starch
Combine blackberries with sugar and corn starch, transfer to two greased ramekins (I went for individual portions, but you can also make one larger one).
Dollop the dough over fruits and bake at 180C for about 30 minutes.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
one cup of flour
50 g of butter, diced
4 tbsp. of sugar
a pinch of salt
2 tsp. of baking powder
100 ml of milk
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, combine butter with dry ingredients. Add milk and mix until combined.
What's your least favourite weather? Personally, I really honestly hate the heat. Even my inborn aversion to snow and cold doesn't make it easier to bear anything over 30 degrees Celscius. I hope that one day I will move to a weather paradise where thermometers never show anything below 20 or above 25 degrees. Until then, all I have is complaining and more and less effective methods of surviving the heat.
How to survive the sweltering heat:
1. If you can't imagine starting a day without a cup of coffee, go for a refreshing iced americano, instead of foamy cappuccino.
2. Drink water! Lots of water! Add fresh mint, lemon juice or cucumber slices to make it even more reviving. Drinking water is almost always a good idea.
3. Eat cold food. It's light and you don't need to stay over a steaming pot or heat your kitchen with the oven to prepare it. Make salads, cold snacks, sushi (or - even better - sushi burrito) and cold soups (how about chilled avocado soup chłodnik z awokado?).
4. Homemade ice cream! Making sorbet or granita doesn't take a lot of effort and gives you a solid dose of refreshment. Use this recipe for traditional Sicilian granita. You can adjust the quantity of sugar (or not use sugar at all) and go with seasonal fruit - blueberries, raspberries, currants.
5. Focus on the positive sides of the heat. In the evening, when the temperature is nice and bearable, sit at your terrace (or your friends' terrace), take a sip of a chilled prosecco and blackberries cocktail and try to remember how much you actually hate winter.
Recipe: Prosecco and blackberries cocktail
Serves: 2 (adults)
150 ml of chiled prosecco (or other sparkling white wine - it just has to be chilled!)
50 ml of chilled limoncello
fresh blackberries (around 6)
Start with placing blackberries in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Transfer frozen blackberries into chilled glasses.