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James St Recipes: Be a breakfast time smoothie operator

Smoothies are a perfect breakfast option for those with busy lifestyles who are short of time in the morning
Niall McKenna

BREAKFAST is one of the most important meals of the day, and the main reason that people skip breakfast is usually because they don't leave themselves enough time in the mornings.

From getting the kids dressed, fed and ready for school to rushing out the door to catch the morning train - making breakfast can often fall to the bottom of the priority list.

This week's smoothie recipes are perfect for those with busy lifestyles who are always on the go. Smoothies are a great way to pack fruit and vegetables into your diet and can be prepared the night before, so you can reach into the fridge and enjoy breakfast on the go.

In our home, the kids love making smoothies and experimenting with different and sometimes unusual flavour combinations. It's also a great way to use up leftover fruit and veg and it's a good trick to camouflage nutritious foods into your kids' diets.

This week's recipes include an apple and oat smoothie for a fuller breakfast option that is packed with fibre, a fresh green smoothie and a creamy banana, strawberry and blueberry smoothie - something to suit everyone's tastes.

If you want to up-skill in the kitchen or enjoy cooking with friends, why not visit our Cookery School. We cater for all levels, no matter what your cooking abilities and encourage the class to learn new skills to make delicious dishes at home. Check out our cooking classes on our website:


(Serves 2)

2 apples, cored and chopped

1 squeeze of lemon juice

2tbsp oats

200ml fat free yoghurt

300ml semi skimmed milk

A pinch of cinnamon

1tsp honey


Place the apples and lemon juice into a blender and add in the remaining ingredients. Then, blitz until smooth and divide between two glasses and serve.


(Serves 2)

50g spinach

1 celery stick, chopped

1 apple, roughly chopped

1 orange, juiced

1 lime, juiced

¼tsp of grated ginger

Handful of ice cubes


To start, wash the spinach and place in the blender with the rest of the ingredients, then blitz until smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve.


(Serves 2)

1 banana, peeled

100g strawberries, washed and hulled

100g blueberries, washed

50ml low-fat natural yoghurt

Handful of ice cubes


To start, place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth, then pour the mixture evenly between two glasses and serve.

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