I don’t drink enough milk. In fact I rarely drink any. I never have time to have cereal in the mornings and I realised the other day that other than drop in my tea I hadn’t had any all week. Not having enough calcium in your diet is not good,especially when you spent 5 years of your adulthood on the contraceptive injection which can cause osteoporosis. Anyway I’m rambling. When I was pregnant I made sure I drank milk,in fact I drank a ton of it due to horrendous heartburn but since I stopped breastfeeding last year I have stopped taking care of my body as much which is sad.
I have decided to have a milky drink/ milk based smoothie etc every day to get some extra calcium in and enjoy it too.
This started this week and so far I’ve enjoyed Nutella hot chocolate and Banana&Vanilla smoothie. Yum. What a good excuse to drink delicious things. I take my hot choc in an insulated cup on my journey to work. It smells so good I’ve had envious looks all week. Smug smiles from me until I get to work and see I have chocolate milk over my nose 😮
You don’t really need recipes for these drinks as they are self explanatory but here you go:
Nutella Hot Choc
1/2 pint of semi skimmed milk ( you could use any type)
1 tbsp Nutella
Approx 1 inch of boiling water
Heat your milk. I zap it in the microwave for 2 mins. Mix your Nutella with your boiling water and then top up with the boiling milk and stir well. If you like a more cocoa..y type of drink add a spoonful of drinking chocolate powder ( such a cadburys or green and blacks) but its truly delicious just left alone. No sugar,no extra flavours just warm hazelnuty Chocolatey milk. Ahhh. Bliss.
My love affair with Nutella hot chocolate began last June in France. Hot chocolate tastes even better on holiday.
Banana Vanilla Smoothie
1/2 pint of skimmed milk
1 ripe banana
1 tsp of vanilla essence ( I use NielsenMasseys)
4/5 ice cubes
Blend all of above in smoothie maker or blender. Serve. You could also add strawberries. If you want to be super healthy add a handful of baby leaf spinach. You won’t really taste it but its so good for you.
So there you go,simple delicious ways of getting your calcium requirements. Or you could just eat cheese…hmm but that’s another blog post.