The Modeltypeface Kitchen: Festive Chai Smoothie!
I find it very hard to keep up my healthy eating habits when the temperature drops. The bikini casting tomorrow tells me I should be drinking my green juice and munching on salads…But I know that will make me shiver. What I really want is stodge and sugar – shepherds pie with extra cheese on top and a Flake dunked in hot chocolate for afters. It’s a very real craving as of course, our skinny bodies want to add a layer of festive, warming fat!
You have to get it right during winter. I’ve tried to stick to salads, juices and light food, but I end up getting colds and just feeling grim all the time. That’s no good, as we have to be full of energy, not snot. But then again, giving in and indulging in mince pies, mashed potato and comforting chocolate every day is all very well when you squash your stomach in with your tights and put an empire line and a baggy jumper over the top…but you really will feel terrible when you get handed a pair of trousers that simply won’t do up.
So I adapt my healthy recipes to the winter. My festive chai smoothie has lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as some nourishing (good) fat. It’s inspired by the famous ‘red cups’ we enjoy from a certain omnipotent coffee chain – but without the insanely high calorie content.
Modeltypeface’s Festive Chai Smoothie
1 x banana (great for energy as well as potassium and magnesium)
1.5 cups of milk (I use Koko coconut milk – you could try almond, cashew, hazlenut or even *shock horror* milk from a cow! Just get organic milk that gives farmers a fair price – I trust Yeo Valley)
1 tsp tahini (creamed sesame seeds – I love to eat this to make my hair shiny and healthy, plus it’s rich in iron)
1 spoonful coconut oil (strengthens hair, skin and nails, as well as a great anti-fungal)
1 tsp raw or manuka honey: (great for coughs and colds and fighting off infection)
Small knob of ginger (tehe)
1 tsp cinnamon (good for keeping your gums healthy and a metabolism booster)
1 tsp ground nutmeg or, preferably, a grating of fresh (nutmeg is rich in antioxidants, zinc and iron)
Seeds from 5 cardamom pods (great detoxer, and apparently an aphrodisiac ;-))
1/2 tsp ground cloves (a natural painkiller)
1/2 tsp turmeric (a wonder ingredient for fighting cancer and reducing inflammation)
Teeny bit of vanilla paste (this has no health benefits as it’s mainly sugar. I’m talking a tiny bit, just for flavour).
1/2 tsp chlorella: (no more, cos it tastes rank. But it’s amazing for energy and reducing body-fat percentage)
Dessert spoon oats (optional if it’s breakfast)
Whizz up in a blender and enjoy!