Unless we can include ‘doing my tax return’ (snore) I pretty much skipped over New Year’s Resolutions this year, but I have been making an effort to eat more fruit. I love veggies but I rarely crave anything sweet and I do worry that I’m missing out on the host of vitamins and antioxidants they have to offer.
So I took a bit of inspiration from the Burt’s Bees ‘Uncap Your Flavour’ campaign featuring nine fruity 100% natural lip balm flavours (the Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry, new Wild Cherry Lip Balm and Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate to be precise) to come up with three grain and dairy-free breakfast ideas to squeeze in more of the good stuff.
Acai bowls seem to be everywhere at the moment – not least because, if you’re blessed with more food styling ability than myself, they’re infinitely Instagram-able. The striking deep violet Acai berries grow at the top of palm trees in the Amazon and, various health claims aside, they have an impressive nutritional profile with essential fatty acids, amino acids and vitamin C. If you need breakfast on the go, chuck your toppings into the blender with extra milk and drink as a smoothie.
2 tbsp Acai powder (you can also use frozen puree, but I find this more economical)
2 bananas (frozen if you prefer a thicker texture)
A dash of unsweetened almond milk – just enough to get your blender/food processor going (I have, and love, the Nutribullet)
Blend and spoon into a bowl. Top with whatever you fancy – try bee pollen, sliced seasonal berries, chopped nuts and desiccated coconut.
I think raw blueberries taste a bit like soap, but they become something much more appealing when they melt into little concentrated pockets inside a muffin. This grain-free version is adapted from paleomg.com, surprisingly light and full of skin-nourishing fats and fibre.
Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Muffins (makes about 8)
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup nut butter (I used cashew)
3 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
This is impossibly easy; just chuck everything (except the blueberries) mixing bowl and give it a good stir until well mixed. Gently fold in the blueberries and distribute between paper or silicone muffin cases. Bake at 180°C for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to touch.
Smoothies are perfect to whip up in the mornings, but it’s also worth trying this combination after a late workout as cherries (especially tart ones), and the magnesium and protein in almonds, are said to aid sleep.
2/3 cup Cherries (fresh or frozen, no stones!)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter or a small handful of whole almonds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend)
I’m sure this needs no explanation but, just in case, add everything to the blender and blend until smooth!
Burt’s Bees flavoured lip balms are £3.69 each from www.burtsbees.co.uk. For more fruity flavour inspiration, check out the Burt’s Bees ‘Uncap Your Flavour’ video and follow Burt on Twitter and Facebook.