Winter wellness smoothie

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There are so many things to love about winter – for me it’s snuggly nights at home, warming winter meals, crisp morning walks, thunderstorms and cuddly cats.

But there’s one thing the season brings that I’m sure we would all rather go without – illness! As soon as the weather gets cooler, colds and flus seem to be everywhere and if you’re anything like me, you begin doing everything possible to avoid coming down with something.

That’s where this super simple, vitamin-packed winter wellness smoothie comes in – it’s the perfect way to support your immunity and help keep those winter sniffles away. The best part? It only takes five minutes.

What makes this recipe great is that you don’t need piles of fresh fruit and veggies to make it – just some banana, tinned pineapple in juice, unsweetened yoghurt and Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant syrup.

It’s the Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant fruit syrup that makes this smoothie such a vitamin-packed winter booster – blackcurrants are naturally loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Plus it’s made with 50% less sugar than regular Barker’s Blackcurrants and has no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours. Basically it has all the goodness, without any extra nasties (and fewer calories!).

I’m going to be honest: I’m not a morning person or much of a smoothie person. But you know what? I absolutely love this recipe – so much that I’ve sacrificed an extra five minutes in bed a few mornings this week to make sure I can whip one up before work.

Once you have a bottle stashed in your fridge you can try all kinds of other quick ideas – like folding 1 Tbsp of fruit syrup through 300g unsweetened yoghurt to enjoy on its own or on top of your favourite cereal for a totally delicious, vitamin-packed morning treat. And remember – you can always check out Barker’s for more winter wellness recipe ideas.

Enjoy!

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Winter wellness smoothie
Adapted from Vegalicious Recipes

Ingredients

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 20-30 second until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass. Serve with extra pineapple if desired.

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The team at Barker’s have given me a winter wellness prize pack to giveaway to one lucky reader packed with everything you see above – pretty awesome, right?

To enter, simple check out this post on our Facebook page and follow the instructions. You can earn a bonus entry by leaving a comment on this post too – but you need to enter on Facebook first!

This post was made possible thanks to Barker’s. All images and words are my own.

Sweet Vanilla Amaretti latte

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Christmas is just around the corner and, if you’re a coffee-lover like me, that means there’s something in-store now that’s worth getting excited about – Nespresso’s Limited Edition Variations!

After falling in love with their Variations last year I couldn’t wait to find out what new flavours would be hitting the shelves this festive season – and I have to tell you, I think they might just be even more delicious than last year’s.

The latest Nespresso Limited Edition Variations are Vanilla Amaretti, Ciocco Ginger and Vanilla Cardamom. Inspired by a range of beautiful and oh-so-festive flavours – dark chocolate, spicy ginger, soothing vanilla and sweet almond – these Variations are the ultimate in festive indulgence.

While you can simply enjoy the Limited Edition Variations as they are or with a splash of milk, they’re also delicious in decadent coffee creations – like this sweet Vanilla Amaretti latte. The best part? It only takes a minute longer than making your usual morning coffee. Good, huh?

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Naked Nespresso Decaffeinato Martini

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One of the things I love most about coffee is how versatile it is. Not only can you always rely on it to push your brain into working order each morning, but there are endless other ways you can use it to make little moments in your life a little bit better – drink it, bake with it, celebrate with it; you can pretty much do anything.

But until last month there was one way I’d never thought of using coffee – to make delicious cocktails. Seriously, who knew you could do that? It wasn’t until I tried this delicious Naked Nespresso Decaffeinato Martini at a Nespresso event last month that the thought even crossed my mind. And gosh, it is amazing!

So good in fact that I knew I absolutely had to lay my hands on the recipe and share it with you – luckily the lovely Nespresso team were ever obliging and made it happen. And judging by the response on Facebook, it looks like a lot of you were keen to try this cocktail for yourself too!

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Refreshing summer drinks

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Is it just me, or does this summer just seem to be getting hotter and hotter? It’s the kind of weather that sees me sleeping with the fan on, throwing open all the doors as soon as I get home each day to cool it down and wishing we had a pool in the garden (alas, our paddling pool will have to do).

While there are parts of summer that can be a struggle, there’s not really too much to complain about – who doesn’t love endless blue skies, cloudless days and beautifully warm weather? The trick is finding quick and easy ways to cool down when that summer heat is about to become a little too much.

That’s where these delicious recipes for strawberry, lemon & basil infused water and sparkling raspberry lemonade come in – they’re quick to make, delightfully refreshing and absolutely delicious!

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Three delish coffees to make at home

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Ever feel like you’re perpetually living life on a bit of a budget? Me too! With work to be done on our first home, a kitten in need of pricey knee surgery and a trip to the US and Europe on the distant horizon, Kevin and I are working hard to keep our spending in check.

One of the first things to go when you tighten your budget is eating out – gone are takeaways on Friday nights and leisurely weekend morning brunches! But just because you can’t eat out as often doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy café-style dining at home – you can still have pancakes with berries for breakfast, you just need to grab the ingredients in your weekly shop. Then just invite a couple of friends over and you’re set…

Well, almost. The hardest part about cutting back on eating out is giving up the café coffees – you just can’t make them that good at home, right? Wrong.

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Homemade butterbeer

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Recipe adapted from Bakingdom

Ingredients

  • 3 cans creaming soda
  • 3 tsp imitation butter flavouring (optional – I did not use this)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ tsp clarified butter (click here for method)

Method

  1. Pour cans of creaming soda into large mugs. If using butter flavouring, add this now and mix well.
  2. Whip cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and whip until soft peaks form.
  3. Gently stir in vanilla and clarified butter.
  4. Scoop on top of each mug of creaming soda