On Sunday we celebrated the one month anniversary of moving into our London flat. And by celebrated, what I really mean is we struggled to find enough signal to use an internet banking app to pay our rent whilst trying to work out which bus to catch to the Columbia Road Flower Market. I love living in London, they call New York the city that never sleeps, but even if London does take the odd nap there is still more than enough to keep me occupied, even at 7.30 on a Sunday morning.
As promised way to many weeks ago, here are a few sneak peeks at my new place. The theme throughout, if you can call it that is ‘very bright’. There is so much light, and with our white furniture the rooms almost glow, and I’ve tried to showcase all my favourite brightly coloured possessions. I’ve also thrown in a couple of pictures of the views for good luck, as it makes an amazing change from our last place where the windows looked out into other peoples flats.
I feel completely lost without a morning routine. Now I am not working the traditional 9-5 I find it especially important because it is far to easy to sit down on a day at home alone and suddenly it be gone lunch. Smoothies are my go to breakfast of choice, I throw a handful of ingredients into a blender, leave it whirring whilst I dig out my running gear, and then wash the blender up whilst I drink it. That’s the most important part, never just leave it until later, you will regret it! It takes two minutes whilst it’s still fresh, if I wait until I get back I end up spending 10 minutes scrubbing the thing.
My go to breakfast smoothie is frozen berries, banana, kale, oats and almond milk, which fills me up until lunch every day, and makes my skin look far better than normal. As great as it is, I was still feeling in a bit of a smoothie rut, so I have been trying out a few new ideas. Now I can buy all the ingredients for this smoothie in my local Turkish corner shop which I completely love. When I made this, I was still living in a small town but could still find pretty much everything in the nearest large supermarket.
Make sure the apricots are very ripe as they can be a unpleasantly tart if not, if you aren’t sure substitute in peaches instead which are a little kinder on your morning palette. Medjool dates are a relatively new ingredient to me, they are softer and squidgy than their average cousins with undertones of caramel, which makes them very popular in low sugar baking. They are incredibly rich in potassium which helps maintain heart, kidney and muscle health. I love to throw a handful of raw oats into my smoothies, as it helps keep me fuller for longer, rather than grabbing a snack at 9.30, which I generally do when I eat toast for breakfast. This is a sweeter smoothie than I would normally have, which makes it a great choice for people who are trying to get into drinking smoothies
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serves 2 recipe by Jennifer Brown
4 very ripe apricots, or 2 ripe peaches
4 medjool dates
200ml almond milk
45g raw porridge oats
honey to taste (you might not need any)
- Throw everything into a blender until smooth.
- Taste, and add honey if needed.
- Best drunk straight away.