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MINT CHOCOLATE GREEN SMOOTHIE

In my last post (see it here) where I reviewed Aduna World’s Moringa powder, I mentioned that with this great ‘beauty boosting’ green powder I whipped together an equally great green smoothie recipe. Here it is in all its glory, a festive themed mint chocolate green smoothie bowl. Now I am a great believer that if you like something foodwise it shouldn’t be seasonal, some people are very stuck in smoothies are just for summer, and porridge is for winter. Now don’t get me wrong I love a big bowl of warming porridge on a cold morning. But sometimes I just don’t fancy porridge, and on those days I normally have some kind of eggs or a green smoothie. So here I have created a smoothie bowl which combines a few of my favourite flavours, mint and chocolate. Mint chocolate always makes me think of christmas, I think its the after eights? Anyway here is the recipe for my festive themed mint chocolate smoothie bowl 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop of green powder (I used Moringa powder)
  • 1 tbsp of yoghurt (I use coyo)
  • a splash of almond milk depending on how thick you like the smoothie
  • 1or 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 small celery stick sliced
  • a few fresh mint leaves and extra for decoration
  • 1 tsp of raw cacao powder
  • Optional sprinkle of raw cacao nibs for that extra crunch

Instructions

  • Simply blend all ingredients apart from the spare mint and the raw cacao
  • Once a think creamy mixture has formed dust the top with raw cacao powder or nibs then the mint leaves
  • Enjoy x

THE HAM YARD HOTEL

Ohh the joys of breakfast, I just can’t explain my love for it, its rather all consuming I mean I even go to bed looking forward to eating breakfast the next morning. Is that normal? Anyway when I express my love for breakfast I am also including brunch in this, obvs.

So what better place to tell you about when I am declaring my love for breakfast and brunch than The Ham Yard hotel, which I recently found does an exquisite brunch. Now I am a slight creature of habit (I blame my Dad for this) but when I find somewhere I like to eat I tend to go back there again and again. Which is what I have been doing with breakfast as of late. If ever I have a breakfast meeting or a friend suggests breakfast my first reaction is always the Soho Hotel, which is a firm favourite (read my review here). So I decided in the last couple of weeks to venture out more and try new places, if you follow my instagram you will of seen all these new breakfast adventures. I mean I still order the same thing most breakfasts but you know baby steps and all that, and plus whats not to love about smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado. Its perfection on a plate!

So on one very adventurous Sunday I decided to take a trip to The Ham Yard hotel, which is owned by the same family as the Soho Hotel which is the Firmdale hotel group. Its based right by Piccadilly Circus so pretty easy to get too! The decoration in this hotel was amazing, I loved it. I am a sucker for good decor, so I was pleased from word go.

So I decided to go crazy and order eggs benedict, I know no salmon!! But it was a great choice, I am not normally a big fan of hollandaise sauce but the sauce was very light but creamy so got a thumbs up from me. Also the ham was so thickly cut I was in ham heaven…..ham heaven at the Ham Yard….oh aren’t I funny, mega lolz and all that. So yes we established the ham was great, and the muffins were excellent too definitely freshly baked which I appreciated immensely. I ordered a pineapple, orange ginger juice to start which was nice, not my normal green but you know breaking all the rules. I did stick with an almond milk cappuccino to go with my brunch which was very tasty, I love almond milk in my coffee and it makes me so happy that more and more places are offering it on the menu!

So if your ever around central London on the weekend and fancy breakfast or brunch in a beautiful hotel, The Ham Yard is the one. Or the Soho Hotel, either or I can’t decide which I prefer they both do delicious food. And thats what really matters right? x

MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIE BREAKFAST BOWL

I love smoothie bowls, in fact I am slightly obsessed with them. They are my weekend treat breakfasts and I look forward to them all week (yes I’m sad I know) If you follow my Instagramthen you will see many a smoothie bowl picture! Now this recipe is one of my favourite, jam packed with berries makes this delicious creamy smoothie your perfect wake me up! The optional added Maca gives it some great added flavour and an extra superfood punch x

Ingredients- Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup full of raspberries
  • 1 cup full of blueberries
  • 1 cup full of strawberries
  • 1 handful of blackberries
  • 3 tbsp of yoghurt (coyo yoghurt is my favourite)
  • 1 tbsp of almond milk (optional)
  • A few big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 spoonful of Maca powder

Toppings- depending on preference

  • Blueberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Desiccated or shredded coconut
  • Gluten free/ homemade granola
  • Anything else you fancy 🙂

Instructions

  • Blend all the smoothie ingredients together until a thick creamy texture is formed
    Then decorate the top as you please
    Enjoy x

BRUNCHING AT HUBBARD & BELL

Ohhh Hubbard & Bell, how I have fallen in love with you. Everything from the cute vintage looking plates, to the the cold pressed organic juices, the great menu and the beyond delicious brunch food. Yep its official I am in love.

So Hubbard & Bell was recently brought to my attention by someone who knows how much I love brunches- word is spreading! And boy am I glad they introduced me. Luckily for me being based in Holborn its the ideal spot for me to wonder down to on a lazy Sunday and grab a spot of food with some friends. That’s exactly what I did, last weekend Sunday came upon us and me and one of my closest friends (who also is a massive foodie) decided that this Sunday was in need of some great brunching. And what better time to explore Hubbard & Bell, so we mooched on down to what I would say was one of my favourite brunches in a while.

I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that Hubbard & Bell offers cold pressed juices on the menu as its House Press selection, and these juices are organic! Once I discovered this I knew I was in for a good brunch. So I decided to order a green juice which consisted of kale, apple, cucumber, celery, pineapple, lemon, spinach, parsley and ginger. Then I got a soya cappuccino and the avocado on sourdough with poached egg & pistachio. This combination of food and drink was honestly heavenly. The type of brunch which reaffirmed why I love Sundays!

The rest of the menu looked so great, they had sourdough pancakes, steak and eggs, ricotta fig honey seasalt and mint and many more great flavour combinations! I will be back soon to try out more of the menu because it all sounded and looked amazing. The atmosphere of Hubbard & Bell was also a lot of fun, the open kitchen attributed to this but the whole place had a great ‘buzz’. I will be returning, no doubt in my mind and if any of you are around Holborn and fancy a delicious breakfast then I highly recommend. Actually all the menus look great but the only one I can confirm is the breakfast, oh I guess that means I have to go back and try their lunch and dinner menus too…..damn!

BRUNCH AT THE WOLSELEY

This weekend just been I had a great weekend, and do you want to know why it was so great? Well that would be because I started my Saturday morning at The Wolseley hotel in Mayfair having the most delightful brunch. See I told you it was great!

Now The Wolseley has been on my ‘list’ of places to visit for a while now. Yes I actually have a list, I like to make lists, lots of them….don’t judge me please haha. I also like breakfast and going for brunch A LOT. I mean my breakfast obsession is getting a bit ridiculous now. But anyway moving on from my unhealthy obsession with breakfast food and back to The Wolseley.

Now the hotel itself is impressive, great location, great interiors, and even a high percentage of good looking waiters (always a plus). However all this aside the food was delightful, I had heard from a variety of sources that the scrambled eggs and salmon was amazing and I just ‘had to’ try it. So naturally I did, I ordered scrambled eggs, smoked salmon with a side of avocado and a almond milk cappuccino. Then because me and my fellow bruncher were feeling mighty peckish we decided to share some granola with banana too. As it was the weekend, we were at The Wolseley and I had had a very exciting week with The Nutritionista we thought that we might as well pull out all the stops and have a big celebratory breakfast.

The rumours regarding the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon were true!! The tastiest salmon ever and the eggs, oh the eggs they were divine so yellow and fluffy I could eat those scrambled eggs every day. The coffee and the granola were amazing too but the scrambled eggs and salmon stole the limelight for sure.

I would happily eat breakfast at The Wolseley everyday if I could, sadly this is not possible but I will be back again! The lady next to me had the most delicious/naughty looking pancakes I have ever seen and I feel my life is not complete until I try them.

So The Wolseley it was a wonderful experience, from a self confessed breakfast addict thanks for making my Saturday morning so delightful.

Love The Nutritionista x