If your Christmas and New Year were anything like mine, you’ve pushed your body to the max and now every inch of you is crying out for something beneficial. So, why not get to the kitchen and mix yourself up a nice, healthy, kale infused smoothie.
Or? Why not have a
With a life-lengthening porridge base, creamy Greek yoghurt centre, and a surprisingly irresistible “super food” blueberry, raspberry and kale topping.
This is the recipe that caters more towards my own dietary needs, but you can tweak it to make it lower in fat if you wish, which I will included notes on!
- 110g of porridge oats, preferably with oatbran and wheatbran.
Porridge is immunity boosting, bone and muscle strengthening, is great for your energy levels and appetite regulation, and benefits the transportation of oxygen around your body. I also heard on the radio recently that 25g of porridge a day adds 5 healthy years to your life! So a slice of this cheesecake is not a bad start to the day!
- 4-5 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil (OR 4-5 tablespoons of water, if you’re going low fat)
Extra-virgin Olive Oil is loaded with antioxidants, which helps it to strengthen your immune system, and is great for your skin with anything from signs of ageing, osteoperosis and stretch marks. It’s presence in your diet can function as a diabetes deterrent AND it boosts circulation to all areas of the body!
- 330g of marscarpone cheese
I can’t pretend this is particularly healthy, I just love it. But it is rich in calcium and Vitamin A! If you want to do a skinnier cheesecake, just omit the marscarpone for more Greek yoghurt. A Yoghurt Cake.
- 165g of think Greek yoghurt
Rich in B12, low in sodium, high in potassium! Keeps you regular too!
- A hefty handful of blueberries
Each little berry is STUFFED with anti-oxidants! A cocktail of vitamins promotes brain health (which, let’s face it, we could all use in January), prevent heart disease, and are just great for flushing out a hangover!
- A friendly bunch of raspberries
A weaker, pinker blueberry! Similar benefits but on a lower scale.
- A whole host of kale
What can I say about the health benefits of kale that you don’t already know! Low in calorie, high in fibre, zero fat, high in iron, high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, filled with antioxidants, great for cardio-vascular support and, of course, a champion for detoxing.
- A one of these of pineapple:
Juice and all!
Pineapples are loaded with vitamin A and C, fiber, potassium, phosphorous and calcium. It helps for strong bones, healthy gums and sinus/throat problems!
Let’s eat our way to HEALTH!
2. Pre-heat the oven to 200c
4. Bake for 15 minutes, then leave to cool. Once cool, place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the yoghurt and marscarpone. Mix gently and patiently until lumpless and divine, then pour on top of the porridge base and gently spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
6. Now the fun! Take a hefty handful of Kale and stick it in a food processor! Blitz it up on full blast for 2 minutes until it’s completely pulverised.
7. Next, throw in the blueberries, raspberries and pineapple and blitz
8. I also threw in a tablespoon of Candarel sweetener, but that’s optional
9. Pour the fruitykale mix onto the cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight!
10. Carefully remove the cake from the tin… Serve and enjoy!
There’s an old saying that very much applies here: Don’t knock it till you try it!
I know the idea of raw kale in anything posing as a dessert may sound strange, but I promise, this works! I’ve been enjoying a slice with a cup of tea each morning before work and honestly I have more energy, I’m upbeat and my skin has cleared up following the Christmas grease sesh too! It’s hard to believe something as healthy as this can be so delicious, but I really do hope you find out for yourself soon enough!