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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Berry, Acai & Chia Smoothie

Post-detox – and I have a plan for keeping the weight off and making sure I carry on eating a nutrient-dense diet. The first and easiest thing is to continue having juices/smoothies for breakfast. I’ve always loved doing this but I’d slipped out of the routine. Firmly back into it now, though!

This recipe showcases two amazing ingredients – acai berry powder and chia seeds. Someone gave me some acai berry powder the other day so I tried it out in this smoothie and it gave the smoothie a beautifully rich, complex taste – as well as incredible amounts of nutrients, including phytochemicals, antioxidants and omega-3 and -6. Buy some today – you won’t regret it.

But how can I call this a smoothie, you’ll be wondering?… There’s no yogurt, banana or any of the other things you normally make a creamy smooth smoothie from. The answer is the tiny, nutrient-powerhouse that is the chia seed. Chia seeds are super-rich in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, potassium and iron, they have the highest amount of omega-3 in any plant-based ingredient and also contain excellent quantities of fibre and protein. What’s more, when chia seeds are mixed with liquid, they expand and form a coating of gel. This means that they can act as a bulking ingredient – and this is why you can get a smoothie consistency when used with a juice mix, and why many people swear by chia seeds for weight-loss as they feel fuller for longer. But it also means that they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking – more of that to come…. So go for it with chia seeds – sprinkle them onto salads or stir-frys, thicken soups and stews with them and try them in this awesome smoothie.

gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, soya-free, egg-free, nut-free, citrus-free

Makes enough for 2 people

2 tbsp acai berry powder
2 tbsp mesquite meal, agarve syrup or honey
300g/10½oz mixed frozen berries
1l/35fl oz/4 cups apple juice
1 tbsp chia seeds

1. Put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

Green Goddess Dairy-Free Omelette

This is a recipe to make you feel incredibly virtuous! Packed with nutrients, particularly from the avocado and the alfalfa sprouts, this makes a fantastic start to your day – or a deliciously nutritious lunch or light supper.

Fresh alfalfa sprouts can be difficult to get, so you could make your own. You can buy special seed sprouters, but a jam jar will do just as well. Simply take a small handful of seeds, wash them and place in the jar. Fill the jar with about three times the amount of water and soak for at least eight hours. Drain and rinse the seeds and leave in a warm, dark place. Rinse thoroughly every 12 hours for three days, then bring them out into sunlight and repeat the process for another two days until they’re ready to eat.

gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, nut-free, seed-free, citrus-free

Preparation time 5 minutes     Cooking time 5–6 minutes     Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 2 tsp dairy-free margarine
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and mashed
  • 25g alfalfa sprouts
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the margarine in a 20cm heavy-based frying pan, making sure the base is well covered in the hot fat. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and sprinkle over half the chopped mint and coriander. As the egg begins to set, keep lifting the edges gently and tilting the pan to let the uncooked egg trickle underneath. After 5–6 minutes the base of the omelette will be golden and the top almost set, but still soft.
  2. When the omelette is just set, spoon the avocado on top, covering the omelette and sprinkle the remaining herbs and alfalfa sprouts over the top. Tilt the pan away from you and, using a spatula, carefully fold it in half. Serve immediately.