Variety is THE SPICE OF LIFE…. or Breakfast ..

Variety is THE SPICE OF LIFE…. or Breakfast ..

Inspired by EllieBleu’s Pink Power Shake which looks absolutely delicious and being a bit sick of my ‘egg a day’ breakfasts in an attempt to avoid high carbohydrate cereals, I decided to make my own simple Diabetic Low Carb Variation. I’m continuing my quest to maintain my Diabetes Remission (and feeling a bit guilty about falling off the waggon with the Raspberry and White Chocolate Tray Bake last week… say no more!), I’m being ‘extra careful’ this week…

I was recently given a nutri blender by my mother in law – We call her ‘Gadget Nanna’ as she is a self confessed QVC addict. She literally has a house full of gadgets that are never used and eventually given away… I wonder if there’s a ‘support group’ set up for QVC Addicts… QVC Annonymous!!! 10 Steps to giving up QVC purchases programme….

However, on this occasion her purchase worked very well in my favour and is now being put to great use… Every cloud has a silver lining!

Making this ‘Pink Power Shake’ Diabetic Low Carb variation to Ellie’s recipe was really easy and tasted delicious. It was a very welcome change to ‘poached egg’ – which I do like but not EVERY day… You can get too much of a good thing and in my book VARIETY is definitely THE SPICE of life!

I left out a couple of Ellie’s suggested ingredients as they would increase the ‘carb’ level too much for my ‘low carb’ diet. Although raspberries and strawberries do contain fructose (natural sugar), they are amongst the ‘better fruits’ to eat as a Diabetic so I replaced Ellie’s banana (well not hers personally..haha) for the raspberries.. if you get my drift….

You will need a blender/liquidizer of some description and the Nutri Blenders (whatever make) do work really well for Fruit Smoothie drinks.


  • Handful of strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • A good dollop of Greek Yoghurt (is ‘dollop’ a measure.. probably not)
  • half a cup of milk
  • teaspoon of honey (optional and I didn’t include it.. )


  • Take off the strawberry leaves then chop the strawberries and pop into the blender with all the other ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth
  • If you aren’t a fan of raspberry seeds, you may want to sieve it at this stage – I didn’t..
  • Pour into a glass and simply….
  • Enjoy!

Oh and maybe look out on the garden and notice the ‘little things’, contemplate the world passing by for a moment…….. and then before you finish.. notice that you’d really better make a start on some garden ‘tidy up’, unless you are much more ‘on top’ of the garden like Brigid from Watching The Daisies…



Future Variations I’m going to try:

  • Adding a couple of fresh mint leaves
  • Adding some blackberries
  • Adding some avocado.. I think that will work brilliantly and I wish I’d thought of it earlier this morning as I’ve got some going ‘soft’ on the side.. Looks like it will be salmon and avocado salad for lunch!

Thanks Ellie for inspiring a ‘change of breakfast’ which I thoroughly enjoyed and will now incorporate regularly into my ‘low carb healthy eating Diabetic Diet Regime’!

And Thanks Brigid for inspiring me to look out on the ‘little things’ in the garden and to THINK about how I should PLAN to do some gardening….. or maybe I’ll wait a little longer for it to ‘warm up’ before I TAKE ACTION… Oh dear!… does that already sound like a ‘delay tactic’?





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  1. February 19, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Great recipe! it looks so adorable, definitely trying this!

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      A lovely tasty and healthy breakfast option! Enjoy x

  2. February 2, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    The shake looks not only delicious but also very pretty! It can rival my berry acai Manuka coconut milk porridge!?xx

    • February 3, 2017 / 12:30 am

      Wow – that sounds like quite ‘a mouthful’ ..haha – I have to admit trying but not liking coconut milk recently although I imagine it to be much better in porridge than on it’s own.. x

  3. February 1, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    So happy you tried it out 🙂 I love the addition of raspberries! I used “dollop” because I hate measuring yogurt and then having to clean my measuring cup. 😉

    • February 1, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      It’s a word I use all the time Ellie! Me too… x

  4. February 1, 2017 / 10:16 am

    That’s it! Tomorrow in going to but some strawbs and Greek yoghurt and I’m making this! Looks delicious. ? Thanks Wendy xo

    • February 1, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Enjoy! x

      • February 1, 2017 / 11:33 am

        Oh I will! xo

        • February 1, 2017 / 11:36 am

          Fab! Thanks for having a catch up too.. I hope you’ve had a great day! x

          • February 1, 2017 / 12:09 pm

            I have, thanks Wendy. It’s been busy. Just need to catch up on emails .. hopefully tomorrow! xo

          • February 1, 2017 / 12:58 pm

            Night Miriam.. x

          • February 1, 2017 / 7:36 pm

            Hi Wendy, another big day begins here. My son starts back at college today after a long summer holiday, doc appt for me and much more. Onwards … Hope you’ve had a good day Wendy. xo

          • February 1, 2017 / 8:32 pm

            I thought it must be pretty early where you are when I saw your likes earlier… Is college nearby or does he have to go away ? Hope all is ok with Doc apt? Sounds like your going to be full on as I wind down for the night.. I’m going to try and get Facebook etc up and running as I’ve had a blip with it .. I’ll let you know if I get it sorted.. I’ve had a good day sorting out – pretty relaxed day (sorry to rub that in! haha).. Take care and hope all goes perfectly for you all.. xx

          • February 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

            Thanks Wendy. Just back from driving Daniel to college so no, it’s not too far away. In fact he usually catches a bus but he had so many books plus a laptop that I thought I’d drive him in on his first day. Now it’s onwards with mine. Sweet dreams. x

          • February 1, 2017 / 11:59 pm

            I’m sure after the easier start, he’ll have a great day… Hope you have a brilliant day too Miriam! Enjoy x

  5. January 31, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Looks great W. ??

    • January 31, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Simple but scrumptious! x

      • January 31, 2017 / 9:16 pm

        Like me haha 😉

  6. January 31, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    I’m guilty of harboring a few kitchen gadgets myself, so if you start that group, let me know, please. 😉 I make a very similar version of this drink, and when our strawberries and raspberries and Marion berries are in season, I am in heaven. Cheers!

    • January 31, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      “Though shalt not buy any more shopping channel gadgets”!!! unless your my mother in law and you’re going to pass them in my direction! haha x

  7. January 31, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Ha. I enjoy watching QVC too! The nutribullet is an awesome “gadget” to have at home.

    • January 31, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      You may have to join the ‘therapy’ group … haha! x

    • January 31, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      You’re welcome Brigid! x

  8. January 31, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Now that’s how I cook: brilliant. Two handfuls and a dollop! I’ll try this, but I will add the honey. Or a little maple syrup. So? I live in Canada!

    • January 31, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Hehe! My family always laugh as ‘the recipes’ no matter which one, never taste the same twice.. I definitely would have the Maple Syrup…. if I could – sounds Yum!xx

      • January 31, 2017 / 5:13 pm

        Our maple trees in NB are under climate change stress, but they are still producing good syrup. I can’t imagine a world without maple syrup!

        • January 31, 2017 / 8:29 pm

          Gosh.. what a great shame for those poor trees.. Let’s hope they can adapt as I can’t see much changing with Climate Change anytime soon with the current World Leaders… x

          • January 31, 2017 / 8:53 pm

            The adaptation takes so long. I guess there are new areas opening up further north, but … it takes a long time.

          • January 31, 2017 / 9:55 pm

            Wow – that’s such a shame.. and they are such an iconic symbol of your Country… that must be pretty hard to witness! x

  9. January 31, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Great recipe soon going to try✌?

    • January 31, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Definitely worth popping across to Ellie’s blog to view the original version too.. I just have to amend for the Diabetes.. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! x

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