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Double Banana Peanut Butter Milkshake...

Being a runner I am trying to add more fruit to my diet and eat more bananas.

I love milkshakes and smoothies and this a great way having something fruity, healthy and tasty. I have found out that adding more bananas and less milk to this recipe makes the milkshakes very creamy, tasty and oh so yummy. Had this milkshake 3 times last week and once this week, now need to try some different ones.

Warning tastes so moreish!!! 


  • 2 bananas ( ripe ones taste better )
  • 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter ( my favourite is Whole Earth )
  • 100ml Skimmed milk


  • Peel and chop the banana
  • Add all 3 ingredients to a smoothie maker
  • Place on settings mix for 1 minute then smooth for 1 minute then mix for 30 seconds

Serve straight away...

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Fruit Smoothies..

Getting the children to have more fruit is a lot easier and quicker in smoothies, we have made this one a few times and they love it, me too ...

 Serves 3


  • 200g Chopped Pineapple
  • 200g Strawberries
  • 3 Kiwi
  • 3 Oranges
  • 100g Water
  • 100g Pineapple juice


  1. Take the pineapple, kiwi and oranges out of their skins, hull the strawberries and chop all the fruit up.
  2. Place the fruit, water and pineapple juice in a smoothie maker.
  3. 30 seconds on mix, 30 seconds on smooth.
  4. Sever straight away.
  5. Yum!!

Only just over a week left of the holiday, I still have school shoes, trainers and p.e kits to shop for. Has everyone else got what they need for back to school?

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Morning Boost Raspberries And Blueberries Smoothie...

My morning boost raspberries and blueberries smoothie which I made to cheer myself up today after a fall in the woods when out running with my friends. I had decided I was going to be more healthier today getting some exercise done now the children are back to school after half term and inset day.

I near ran to the biscuit tin but didn't let the fall distract me !!

My tweet after my run~ (which made it into our local paper)

You know that your a runner when you trip over in the woods, mess all your knee up and the first thing you do is quickly stop your Garmin,

Serves 1 large

  • 1 medium Banana
  • 100g Fresh Raspberries
  • 100g Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 small Apricots
  • 55g Apricot fromage frais
  • 125ml Skimmed Milk
  • Chop banana, wash rasperries, blueberries place in smoothie maker.
  • Take stones out of Apricots and add.
  • Place milk and fromage frais in smothhies maker.
  • Place settings to mix for 30 seconds.
  • Then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Place through sieve to catch little pips.
  • Serve straight away.

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On Your Way To 5 A Day : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and judyh-jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...

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Orange, Avocado and Pineapple Juice Smoothie ...

I love anything with avocados in it at the minute and smoothies are so much fun to make...
Serves 1


  • 2 Small avocados
  • 1 Orange
  • 150 ml Pineapple Juice from concentrated
  • Handful or 2 of crushed ice


  1. Slice the avocado in half ,twist and take the stone out and slice.
  2. Peel the orange ,slice and take any pips out.
  3. Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and set speed to 30 seconds on mix then 30 seconds on smooth.
  4. Serve straight away.

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Peachy Yogurt Milkshake...

This is a smoothie I made when we had some bad snow and did not have fresh fruit around the house so looking for bits in the cupboard to make my milkshake.

I made this peachy yogurt milkshake which tastes sweat, sour and very moreish all rolled into one!!


  • 100g Drained peach slices from a tin ( fresh would be best)
  • 100g Natural yogurt
  • 100g Chocolate ice cream
  • Handful ice cubes
  • Tables spoon chocolate sprinkles to taste


  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix for 30 seconds.
  2. Serve straight away.
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Strawberries and Kiwi Smoothies : Runstreak Day 50...

Serves 1

  • 100 g washed and chopped strawberries
  • 1 peel and sliced kiwi
  • 1 x 100g pot of multi fruit yogurt drink
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • Strawberry for decoration

  1. Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and mix for 30 second.
  2. Smooth for 30 seconds.
  3. Serve straight away.

Had all kinds of weather this week from snow to sunshine but manage to keep running thoughout it all. Started going back to running club last week to add some speed work into my training...

This weeks training-

Tuesday  4 miles warm up and cool down
6 miles speed work reps, 4 long hills, big loop at tempo pace and 4 long hills              

Wednesday 2 miles recovery run

Thursday 6 mile warm up, reps and cool down
1 hour body combat class

Friday 4 miles recovery

Saturday 6 miles

Sunday 16 mile

Monday 1 mile run
30 minutes gym work
1 mile swim

Days ran this year 50/50 #runstreak #Londonmarathon

Miles ran in January 175

Miles ran this month 105

Workouts this year 55

Miles this year so far 280

Off to running club tonight so a nice lazy day with the children today...
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Banana And Blueberry Smoothie ...

Time for a smoothie recipe?

 Not posted any smoothies for a while so here goes.... 

Banana and blueberries 

Oh so yummy ...

Serves 1


  • 100g Blueberries
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 2 Small bananas
  • 50g Natural yogurt
  • 100ml Semi Skimmed milk
  • Handful of ice cubes


  • Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and mix for 30 seconds then smooth for 30 seconds
  • Serve straight away
  • Enjoy :)

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Vitamin C Smoothie...

Yeah I love smoothies...

A quick and easy way to get onto track of having some of your 5 a day!

Today I have a yummy looking guest post to share, full of vitamin C!!

This one serves 3


  • 200g or 2 large handfuls of fresh blackberries or a mix of blackberries and blueberries
  • 600 ml or a 1pt beer glass of sweetened soya milk
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • A tsps of runny honey


  • Blitz all the ingredients together in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth and frothy.
  • Serve straight away.

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Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries

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Banana And Avocado Smoothie ...

Still smoothie-ing my way through the year, making healthier and not so healthy smoothies. Also #Runstreak-ing my way through the year ( running everyday ) for as longs as I can.

Every year on New Years Day me my husband and 2 sons all made a little fun challenge and see who can run everyday the longest as of yet  my husband stopped due to being really ill, my 2nd youngest had a day off, so its in between me and my oldest son (18) now!! bring it on as I'm still in the challenge and feeling fresh!! ha ha.

Today I'm sharing a banana and avocado smoothie, as I love avocados and banana are so good for you and filling.

Yesterday I managed to run 5 miles and today I got a just over 6 miles run in.

Serves 1

  • 1 Large banana
  • 1 Small avocado
  • 1 Medium pear
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 120 ml Semi skimmed milk
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • Peel the pear and remove the pips, peel banana, take the stone out the avocado and peel.
  • Chop all the fruit into chunks and place in a smoothie maker.
  • Add the milk and ice cubes.
  • Mix for 30 seconds then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Serve straight away.

Days ran this year 12/12 #runstreak

Miles ran this month 71

Workouts 12
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Carrot And Beetroot Smoothie, Runstreak Day 10...

Hard work on the tired legs trying to run everyday, but still managing to do my #runstreak.

Nearly had to stop my challenge on Tuesday as I had planned to run with friends at the running club that night, I had a shock when I arrived home from school ( long story short I found my husband very poorly on the floor with a bad case of vertigo ) 1 hour after phoning the NHS direct help line and the doctors I had to run to pick up a prescription up for some strong medicine.

Even though I didn't want to run I still got my 3 miles run in that day,really need to get back into the car again after 10 years off driving!!. On Wednesday morning I managed just under 6 miles and another 5 today.

Today I'm sharing a healthy smoothies with beetroot. I've heard they say  beetroot can improve running ...

Serves 1-2

  • 200g Peeled and chopped carrots
  • 100g Cooked  pre packed beetroot, cut into slices
  • 100g Washed and chopped celery
  • 1 Red apple,core removed and chopped
  • 250 ml Red grape juice from concentrate
  • 2 Handfuls of ice cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Place the chopped carrots,beetroot,celery and apple and place into a smoothie maker.
  • Pour the grape juice inside.
  • Place the ice cubes in.
  • Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  • Set speed to mix for 1 minute then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Serve straight away.
Days ran this year 10/10 #runstreak

Miles ran this month 59

Workouts 10

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Kit Kat Milkshake And #Runstreak Day 7 ...

Yesterday I mention I was going to make a sweet smoothie with a Kit Kat inside.

We still have a few which we brought over Christmas and I've had my eye on one all week before they disappear.  I made this tasty milkshake, it was just what I needed after a long 12 miles run in the morning...


  • 1 four fingered Kit Kat
  • 50g ( 1 big scoop ) chocolate ice cream
  • 50g ( 1 big scoop ) vanilla ice cream
  • 100ml Semi skimmed milk
  • 1 large banana
  • Handful of ice cubes


  • Break the kit Kat up into small pieces and place in the smoothie maker with the chocolate and vanilla ice cream, milk, chopped banana and ice cubes into a smoothies maker.
  • Mix for 30 seconds
  • Smoothie for 30 seconds
  • Serve straight away

Today running- I ran just over 5 and  half miles, felt ok and surprisingly not tired with my 41 miles ran last week....

Days ran this year 7/7 #runstreak

Miles ran this month 46

Workouts 7
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Prune And Banana Breakfast Smoothie ...

Started off the new year with a nice,tasty and sweet breakfast smoothies.

This is one of many ideas I have floating around my head, trying to get away from chocolate and cakes and eating more fruit.

What better way of still having something sweet and more healthier for you than chocolate?

A nice tasty smoothie...

Serves 1


  • 150ml Semi Skimmed milk
  • 1 Large or 2 small ripe bananas chopped
  • 8 Ready to eat dried prunes halved and stones taken out
  • 4 Heaped tbsp of muesli
  • Handful of ice


  • Place the milk, chopped banana, halved prunes, muesli and ice into a smoothie maker.
  • Place the settings to mix for 30 second.
  • Then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Pour and serve straight away.

Tips : Will go thicker due to muesli best to use a straw if goes a little thicker at bottom add a splash of water or milk and stir...

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Watermelon, Banana, Avocado And Orange Smoothie ...

Getting some recipes ready for juicing my way through 2013. With starting my London marathon training after Christmas what better way to get some added vitamins inside you than a smoothie?

I have been writing down lots of smoothies recipes to try ( Healthy and some no so  healthy!!)

 Some packed full of fruit, some with ice cream and some with cream in, so many good ideas I can't wait to try them all. This is the first time as an adult I have tried an avocado and I am now in love with them, I remember trying one at my aunties house when I was little and not liking them so I was surprised how yummy they are...

Serves 1-2


  • 250g Watermelon
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 orange
  • 100ml concentrated orange juice
  • Few handfuls of ice
  • 1 Tsp honey to taste


  • Remove the skin and seeds from some watermelon , peel the banana, take the stone out off the avocado and peel ,remove the orange peel and take out any pips.
  • Chop the fruit and place in a smoothie maker
  • Pour in the orange juice and ice cubes
  • In a smoothie maker place the settings to mix for 30 second smoothie for 30 seconds
  • Serve straight away

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie ...

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, great to enjoy throughout the day or as a great alternative dessert after a Christmas Roast.


  • 1/2 cup (75 g) pumpkin, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) ice cubes


  • Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  • Select Variable 1.
  • Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  •  Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  • Top with whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon.

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Recipe and photo credit by Vitamix

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California Prunes Smoothie And Salad...

 California Prune and Mango Smoothie

Serves 6
Preparation time 10 mins

You will need
  • 1 orange
  • 1 mango stoned, peeled and chopped
  • 5 (50g) California prunes roughly chopped
  • 100g low fat natural yoghurt
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Grate the rind of the orange then cut off the peel and cut into segments – do this over a bowl to catch the juice. 
  • Place the orange rind and segments in a liquidiser with the remaining ingredients, including the juice, and whiz until smooth.
  • Pour into 2 glasses and drink immediately.
nutrition per serving

  • 179 kcal
  • protein 7.8g
  • carbohydrate 33.6g
  • fat 2.5g
  • saturated fat 1.4g
  • fibre 4.6g
  • sugar 33g
  • salt 0.8g

Broad Bean, Watercress, Feta and California Prune Salad

Serves 4
Preparation time  25 mins

  • 275g shelled broad beans
  • 50g watercress
  • 100g mange tout roughly chopped
  • 100g California prunes halved
  • 30g pecan nuts roughly chopped
  • 175g feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Cook the broad beans in a pan of simmering water until tender, then rinse under cold water and drain. 
  • The broad beans can be eaten like this but are nicer if the tough outer skins are removed. Divide the watercress between 4 plates and top with the broad beans, mange tout, prunes and pecan nuts, then sprinkle with the feta cheese.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the salad.
nutrition per serving

  • 415 kcal
  • protein 27.5g
  • carbohydrate 34.9g
  • fat 19.3g
  • saturated fat 7.2g
  • fibre 21.7g
  • sugar 16.3g
  • salt 0.6g

About this post- This is a free guest post by- California Prunes

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Eating Beetroot May Improve Running Speed :Beetroot Juice Recipes...

Eating Beetroot May Improve Running Speed

In the news recently there is more and more stories that beetroot may be good for runners and as I'm now training up for a marathon what better time to share and try some recipes for runners.

Beetroot, pink lady & grapefruit juice

There’s no need to core or peel the apples – the juicer does it all for you!
Makes ~ 2 glasses
Preparation time: none

You’ll need
  • 1 pack of vacuum packed natural cooked beetroot
  • 2 Pink lady apples
  • 1 peeled grapefruit
What to do
  • Put through a juicer.
  • Pour in to glasses and serve.
Beetroot, pear & ginger juice

  • No need to peel or core the pear, as the juicer does all this for you.

Makes~ 2 glasses
Preparation time~ none

You’ll need
  • 1 pack of vacuum packed natural cooked beetroot
  • 4 pears
  • 2-3 cm grated fresh ginger
What to do
  • Put through a juicer.
  • Pour in to glasses and serve.
Guest Post Credits- Love Beetroot

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Strawberry And Toffee Smoothie : Creative Mondays Linky....

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?

This week we've been making lots of things with yummy Strawberries they are great on their own with ice cream and so yummy in smoothies too...

What you need
  • 12-14 Strawberries
  • 1  pot of 175g toffee yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 200 ml strawberry pouring yogurt
  • 200ml semi skimmed milk
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth serve straight away...

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Creative Mondays Blog Hop Week 10 : Tangy Pineapple Smoothie....

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thought where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?


I made some Tangy Pineapple Smoothie...

Serves 3-4

  • 250g Pineapple chunks
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 Clementine
  • 125g pot Natural yogurt
  • 125g pot peach yogurt
  • 150 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Place all the ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blend for 30 second ,smoothie for 30 seconds.
  • Sieve if you don't like bits and serve straight away...
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