Coco Ginger Virtue

Having rather over-indulged last night (burger, chips and a pint or so) I felt the need for one of my more virtuous breakfasts this morning and that usually means a green smoothie. This one I find particularly refreshing and I love the zing of the ginger first thing in the morning. It’s also perfect after a short run or yoga session with the coconut water adding some serious rehydration.

Coco Ginger Virtue

cocnut smoothie

Makes one large glass
  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of frozen mango
  • A cube (about 1cm) of fresh ginger (I keep cubes of peeled ginger in the freezer and add one of these if I haven’t got any fresh)
  • 1 small banana
  • 200ml Coconut water
  • 100ml tap or filtered water
  • a few fresh mint leaves

Blend everything together and enjoy.



Carrot Cake Poragie

The taste of carrot cake for breakfastcarrot cake poragie

This is my current favourite way to have my smoothie and eat it too.  I love adding different flavours to porridge and so I combined a favourite smoothie base to oats and came up with this rather delish option. I termed the name Poragie – just to add a little bit of intrigue!  You can play around with the different spices you like to add and also use different milks.  The coconut does add some sweetness, if you used other milks you could try adding a drop of vanilla essence as well.

I ate this after a very cold dog walk and it was a calm breakfast moment with a tired dog and a happy owner.

The carrot cake Poragie (serves 1)

  • 2ooml coconut milk (you can use any milk, almond works well too. I used the coconut milk from a carton, not the tin)
  • 1 medium raw carrot, peeled
  • 40g Oats
  • Raisins – handful around 25g
  • Mix of spices – I used a good sprinkle of cinnamon, ground ginger and crushed cardamom pods
  • 50ml Water

To Serve

  • Yogurt and pecan nuts and maple syrup


Blend the carrot with the coconut milk in a blender.  Put the oats in a pan and add the blended carrot mix, raison and spices. Bring to a boil and then put on gentle simmer. Keep an eye on it and add around 50ml of water to ensure it doesn’t stick to the pan and dry out.

Lovely served with a dollop of yogurt some broken pecan nuts and maple syrup.