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Nutrition Station

Have you visited the Nutrition Station at Doncaster Shopping Centre?

If you haven’t get down there & check them out!

The customer service is outstanding & the staff were more than happy to show off their range of products & explain to me their food & drink options. The gentleman working brought out menus of their regular food products- unfortunately their supplier was closed over the Christmas period so there wasn’t any meals to sample, but the variety was huge!

 

Nutrition Station also have a loyalty program that works on a points system, for every dollar spent. Trust me, it will be easy to spend dollars at this place as Nutrition Station cater for literally all your health needs! 

The menu displays a vast variety of basic shakes, smoothies, foods & prepacked meals. 

There’s a decent selection of Vegan Smoothies- I chose the Vegan Vigor- protein, coconut water, raw multi powder, walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, berries & banana. The drink was well priced and of decent size.

All calories & protein are listed on each menu item for all sizes which is great of you’re on a macro budget.
There’s some delicious acai bowls & frozen protein yoghurts to chose from too.

The Nutrition Station is young, vibrant & has a fresh feeling about it. The menu is inviting & the staff passionate about what they’re doing. Hopefully this company will pop up at more shopping centres in Melbourne, giving those looking for better, healthier options the chance to indulge in something great tasting & nutritional.

Coconut Yoghurt Smoothie

I think this is the best smoothie that I’ve made so far…

It is completely dairy free, gluten free & vegan. 

I had some coconut yoghurt in the fridge so I popped it in a blender along with two frozen bananas a tablespoon of chia seeds a teaspoon of agave syrup and a handful of frozen blueberries. 

Blend all ingredients and it will become a thick consistency. It’s a very creamy and sweet but bursting with antioxidants, potassium and is low GI.
Wee Man loved this combination too & said it tasted like melted Ice Cream! 
Yum!!

Smoothies

Everyone seems to be making them & drinking them.  If you’re using the right ingredients they can be used as a meal & can be highly nutritious. 

Try non dairy smoothies too, you don’t always have to use milk. Almond or coconut milks add a creamy, nutty taste. Or coconut water is ideal for an even lighter option.

Make a couple of serves & enjoy over a couple if mornings. Rather than watering down your smoothies with ice, try freezing your selected fruits/vegetables overnight & then blend. You’ll find you have no use for ice.
Add a vegetable to a smoothie with a higher fruit content. You’ll enjoy the taste & not notice the addition of spinach, celery or pumpkin.

Smoothies are good if you’re pressed for time in the mornings, lunchtimes or even dinner times.  There’s so much that can be added to them, seeds, nuts, superfoods- goji, bee pollen or chia as an example. 

The possibilities are endless. Use what’s in season & keep a couple of packs of frozen berries in the freezer & also a few peeled & chopped bananas. 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Pumpkin.
Pumpkin.
Pumpkin.
I love the stuff. Especially roasted.  I love it when it gets that almost blackened crust & it tastes even better the next day.
Everything seems to be pumpkin orientated at the moment, especially with ThanksGiving in the USA coming up- I keep seeing Pumpkin Spiced Lattes on all my American friends’ Facebooks.
Since we don’t celebrate ThanksGiving & it’s warm here I went for the smoothie option. 
Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie
In a blender add 
100g frozen Pumpkin
1 frozen Banana 
1.5 cups Almond Milk
1 tbs Agave
Dash of cinnamon & ginger

Blend.

There is a vague taste if pumpkin but the banana & agave make this a sweet morning pick-me-up & even my nearly four year old son went back for seconds.
Pumpkin is so versitile & easy to use as a sweet or savoury.  After all I’m pretty sure the Americans make a sweet pie out of it!