Breakfast smoothie ingredientsThere is nothing better than to wake up to a beautiful sunny morning, and the best way to start my day is with a smoothie. My mum drinks two big smoothies everyday, one for breakfast and one for dessert, and she has great hair and skin for age 60. I hope that I will stay as healthy and young looking as she has.

My friend Tina B. inspired me to buy the Magic Bullet a few years ago. Despite what it may sound like (!), it’s actually a mini-blender.

Magic BulletIt is a smart tool that can be used for making several different smoothies (or other foods) at almost the same time, such as when my husband and I don’t want to use the same ingredients. It is very compact which is great for my little storage space, and is very easy to clean. (I hate cleaning big appliances).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-6 frozen strawberries
  • 8-10 frozen blackberries
  • ¼ cup of blueberries
  • ½  banana
  • 3-4 tablespoons of plain organic yogurt
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 square of dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Grapenuts (cereal)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Give the frozen berries a little spin in the microwave. Slightly thawing the fruit is better for the blender blades and it keeps the smoothie drinkable rather that edible – Mamma’s advice).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend it in your blender. Drink and enjoy!
  3. Make sure to check your teeth before you leave for work. As attractive as your hair and skin might be after a smoothie, the blueberries between your teeth may be the only attention you get!Breakfast moothie

Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.

Enjoy!

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