Thursday, 29 December 2011

Breakfast Club: The January Detox

A few months ago I stumbled upon an event called Breakfast Club, which was created by Helen over at Fuss Free FlavoursBeing a huge breakfast fan - of every way, shape, and form it comes in - I immediately wrote to her to ask how I could get involved. This happened during my flurry of event sign-ups last fall, so while I managed to score a slot as a host, I wasn't able to participate until now. Coincidentally, this is both my first time participating in and my first time hosting Breakfast Club.

"Breakfast Club: Because breakfast should be more interesting than
 tea & toast or coffee & cereal."

It's that time of year, friends. Yep - we all ate too much over the holidays and are now struggling to keep that top button closed, right? Feeling mighty over-indulged? Hmm? Perhaps even guilty? I know I am.

Thus, I present to you this month's theme: The January Detox.

If you know me even a little bit, you'll know that I don't subscribe to dieting, per se; rather, portion control and balance. It's something I really believe in, whether or not I'm always able to stick to it (like at Christmas!). 

The beauty of these healthy breakfast smoothies, however, is that they include all natural ingredients and are jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients, while not at all sacrificing or replacing great taste! I made two smoothies - one flavour for F. and one flavour for me - not realizing at first that they were 2 servings each. 

Whatever 'detox' means to you, then, the challenge is to devise a breakfast recipe that will help you feel better about all those naughty little treats you tucked into over the holidays. Let's create some extra-healthy recipes to start our mornings and new year off right!

Almond-Berry Smoothie
Serves 2

2 oz. ground almonds
5 oz. fresh blueberries
4 fl. oz. orange juice
1 ripe banana
7 fl. oz. of full-fat, plain yogurt

Puree all ingredients in a blender until well mixed.

Cran-Avocado Zinger
Serves 2

1/2 piece of avocado, peeled, pitted, chopped
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
8 oz. frozen cranberries
8 fl. oz. orange juice
2 heaping Tbs. full-fat, plain yogurt

Puree all ingredients in a blender until well mixed.


The almonds, blueberries, orange juice, banana, yogurt, avocado and cranberries offer you boatloads of antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, B-complex, dietary fiber, potassium, folates, probiotic cultures and healthy, monounsaturated fats, which are all necessary for optimum health. 

I was satiated for several hours after drinking the Cran-Avocado smoothie this morning, leaving me full to the brim with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to get through my day. 

Do YOU have a great, healthy breakfast recipe to submit to the Breakfast Club? Please, do!

There are a few rules
  • All entrants must link to (1) this post at Food, Je t'Aimee, (2) Helen's original announcement at Fuss Free Flavours, and (3) include the logo above. 
  • Entries can be sent to other events. 
  • Previously posted recipes are fine, but they must be republished and the logo and links above added please. 
  • If you use twitter, please use #blogbreakfastclub and tweet your entry. 
  • Closing date for entries is January 31, 2012

When you have written your post and have linked appropriately, please add your post to the linky tool below so everyone can browse and enjoy all the entries for this month's Detox theme. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2012, starting with a filling, wholesome breakfast!


  1. Love the smoothies! I have cranberries in the freezer so will be giving it a go.

    Many thanks for hosting!

  2. I am so in need of a January detox! I'm a big smoothie lover and this one sounds unique and yummy, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Love the avocado cran smoothie. SOunds lovely. Will give that a shot.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.

  4. Both of these smoothies look delicious. I know they are *detox drinks* but I think they would wonderful for breakfast every morning.

    Happy New Year Aimee! All the best in 2012

  5. They look amazing! I bet they taste even better! I can imagine having these as afternoon pick me ups too! Happy New Year Aimee!
    I have to say, your cranberry sauce was a huge hit on Christmas Day! xx

  6. ahhh i love january because of all the healthy eating posts. the almonds with the yogurt sound delicious!! :D

  7. What a great idea! These sound delish ....wonder if I could come up with something to add ... hmm..

  8. WOW! I've love the idea Aimee! And would love to be a part of it. The almond berry smoothie is the perfect way to start the day.

  9. These look fantastic. I will see if any thing counts as healthy to link to you:)Happy New Year. (can't wait to try the almond smoothie tomorrow:)

  10. Great topic, as a bit of a Breakfast Club fan, I will be joining!

  11. I have one! It's another shake though...but more of drink than smoothie. I'll add it on tomorrow! Great idea!

  12. I guess I need something little healthy in my deit :p I should start learning from you :D

  13. I followed your comment advice on my blog and I am in! XD

    Pretty smoothies! Can I have a sip of both please! ;)

  14. I've liked my post to your blog :) Happy hosting

  15. Linked two of my recipes,have given your links and put the logo twice.Thank you,and Happy Hosting!:-)
    I wish I took some healthy lessons too,just had a big portion of White Chocolate Brownies today,hehe.

  16. These sound lovely. The addition of avocado in the is something I wouldn't have thought of but would really keep you full of energy for the morning. I must look out for some on the market.

  17. Thanks for dropping by Aime. For the apple milkshake, I blend together peeled and chopped apples, with softened dates (about 2) and milk. This is my son's favorite drink.