This post is in collaboration with Beko.
The amount of change in my life over the last few weeks has been crazy! Quitting my job, starting a new job and taking on a PhD full time are all big things to deal with. However, they’re not as big as managing a drop in income. I make no secret of the fact I took a massive pay cut to go and do a PhD. I worked in finance for years and benefitted from everything that brings, including the freedom to buy what I wanted. Because I was so busy I’d routinely buy my breakfast/lunch/dinner, relying on the fact I could afford pre-packaged ‘healthy’ options. Healthy options that really add up!
.These days I’m just as busy (yesterday I left the house at 5.30am and got home after 10pm), but my budget means that bringing my on snacks on the days I’m out and about is a priority. Snacks like nuts, fruit and smoothies are perfect for life on the go, especially if you can prep them in advance. Nuts and fruit are easy, I just shove a handful in a snack pot, but smoothies are less straightforward. I love a smoothie, but they don’t do well if you make them in advance. They always go icky, the fruit turns an off-putting grey colour and an odd separation happens. Not very appetising. Which is where the Beko Vacuum Blender comes in. With the Vacuum Blender that doesn’t happen. Which is really cool, because no-one wants a grey smoothie.
So what is this voodoo? By removing air from the jar (that’s the bit where you put all the good stuff before wizzing it up!) the blender keeps all the nutrients, colour and taste of the lovely stuff you put in your smoothie for longer. Which means you can prep your smoothie in advance, without it going grey and icky (or it losing any of the nutrients). Pretty cool right?
As part of their Eat Like A Pro campaign in collaboration with FC Barcelona, Beko has put together loads of smoothie recipes to inspire you to eat more healthily and get the most out of the Vacuum Blender. Obviously I want to share the love, so here is one of my favourites. If it’s good enough for some of the best footballers in the world, they’re good enough for me!
5 minutes/serves 1
300ml coconut milk
10g cacoa powder
30g coconut flakes
20ml honey or 2 soaked dates
3ml vanilla extract
25g hemp seeds
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
A quick, delicious smoothie that, with the help of the Vacuum Blender, can be prepped well in advance without losing any of their nutrients!
The Beko Vacuum Blender can be purchased here.