A daily nutritious shake can provide much-needed vitamins and minerals, while also helping to keep us well hydrated. Frozen ripe bananas make a great addition to shakes as they add a delicious creaminess and lots of sweetness. Freezing bananas is also a great way to store them especially when you have a surplus of ripe ones. Simply peel, chop, and place in a freezeproof container.



Orange & Carrot Smoothie

Ingredients
1 ripe banana, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen overnight
1 orange, peeled and cut into chunks
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
Pinch cinnamon

Method
1.     Place all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blitz until smooth.
2.     Enjoy straight away.

At the turn of the century, Dr. Bircher-Benner developed the recipe for bircher muesli, as an alternative breakfast for his patients who had difficulty eating. The Swiss doctor was one of the earliest promotors of the raw-food diet, and his revolutionary recipe was simply based on grated raw apple and oats. Worldwide, many recipes have derived from the original. It's loved by many, but I find its mild flavors make it particularly enticing to anyone with a queasy tummy. It can be prepared in minutes and left overnight in the fridge to enjoy as a tasty and nutritious breakfast.



Bircher Muesli

Ingredients

Serves 2
50g oats
1 large, red apple, cored but not peeled, coarsely grated
200ml apple juice
1 tbsp honey, plus extra to serve
50g live natural yogurt, plus extra to serve
50g blueberries, or fruit of choice
A sprinkling of sunflower seeds or granola

Method
  1. Place the oats, grated apple, and apple juice into a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine. Cover tightly with cling film or a lid, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next morning, before serving, thoroughly stir through the honey and yogurt. Spoon into a bowl and add an extra dollop of yogurt, a few blueberries, a sprinkling of sunflower seeds or granola and a drizzle of honey.