Breakfast is always a good thing. We know this.

Breakfast on our recent Beach and Wild weekend in glorious Cornwall was Good with a capital G, as it sat nestled between our nourishing Yoga lesson in the warmth of the eco lodge and our surf session, which meant braving the wild atlantic in October. With all this activity we made sure than everybody was fuelled up!

Breakfast (along with copious amounts of strong breakfast tea and coffee) started with the ubiquitous smoothie! Gracing many a wellness Instagram account (yawn, I know right!), but with a good reason. When blended correctly, they are nutrition powerhouses and if you can’t face a big breakfast or time is short, they are perfect fuel. We use this rough guide as inspiration for our vegan retreat combos;

A creamy fruit, such as avocado or banana to bind, a supporting fruit or preferably veg, a flavour (e.g lime, vanilla), some natural sweetener in the form of dried fruit or honey/agave/maple syrup. The all important protein, nut butters, soaked nuts, we used Hayley’s special ‘Vegan Protein Powder blend’. A few additional extras can be thrown in here if you are so inclined, we like Maca powder, a peruvian root that’s reputed to increase energy and balance the nervous system. Then just add ya liquid in the form of nut/plant milk, coconut water, filtered water and blend. Et voila. Smoothies for everyone!

Here’s the two we featured on retreat and the recipe for Hayley’s protein powder.

vegan protein powder recipe


Vegan Protein Powder

  • 1 cup of cold pressed raw hemp powder
  • 1 cup of mixed seeds; pumpkin, sunflower, flax, hemp and the all important sesame (make sure to inc. sesame as with this added to the others, you are on your way to a complete protein)

Then blend!  We have a coffee bean grinder we use specifically for seeds.


Chocolate for Breakfast

  • Half a frozen banana
  • Handful of soaked almonds
  • 4 medjool dates (soaked in a little warm water)
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • A small shake of cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Half a cup of almond milk
  • Half a cup of filtered water 

And Blend!  We have a kick ass industrial immersion blender for making loads, but any blender, immersion or bullet will do.


Green Goddess

  • Quarter of avocado
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • Handful soaked cashews
  • 4 medjool dates (soaked in a little warm water)
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Half a cup coconut milk
  • Half a cup filtered water

Yep .. Blend!