Bananas have always been one of my favourite fruits. If you think bananas are just for monkeys… think again. But hey we are part monkey after all right? And a banana was probably the first solid food that you ever ate as a baby. But more to the point. Continue reading “BA BA BA BA NA NAAAAAA BANANNAA”
Let’s get up 20 minutes earlier to make a killer healthy and nutritious smoothie bowl this Monday morning to kick the week and Nutritional November off to a great start. I am currently on the other side of the world to Australia in a gorgeous AirBnb in Lisbon, Portugal so apologies for the delay and time difference. I will try my best to get these posts up in time for your morning read. Try this quick and easy fiber and protein packed smoothie bowl. Here is a quick summary of the ingredients and their benefits. Keep it simple! Continue reading “MATCHA CHOC MINT SMOOTHIE BOWL”
When it comes to eating healthy and working out, I rarely fall off the bandwagon. My daily routine consists of leafy greens, my morning coffee, sweaty gym sessions, stretching (and of course sitting on my bum 9-5… yes it’s not all lululemon and relaxing) But despite being a health nut/gym rat, there is one thing that has always stumped me… What to eat before and after a workout? and when? Continue reading “EATING BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT?”
Banana bread has seriously got to be one of the best things going around. Perfect for lunch boxes, morning teas or ‘bring a plate’ style picnics. It is so simple to make and without all the added butter and sugar of a regular loaf, this clean healthy recipe means you can toast it, microwave it or spread some peanut butter on it, totally guilt free anytime of the day.
BANANA BREAD – makes 1 loaf
3 large over ripe bananas mashed
3 Tbs honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1tsp bi-carb soda
1tsp baking powder
3 Tbs dedicated coconut
2 cups almond meal or spelt flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Extra: shredded coconut or banana sliced for decoration
METHOD: Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients and pour into greased or lined loaf tin. Place in preheated 160 degrees oven for 50 – 60 minutes until nice and brown. Keeps in fridge for 1 week.
Remember that it is a ‘bread’ so it is supposed to have a nice dark crust.
HOT TIP – I love to eat my banana bread microwaved and smeared with 1 Tbs peanut butter and 1/2 banana sliced topped with cinnamon. Heaven!
Slice up and freeze for morning tea!
Bananas have always been one of my favourite fruits. If you think bananas are just for monkeys… think again. But hey we are part monkey after all right? And a banana was probably the first solid food that you ever ate as a baby.
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BANANA TODAY??
Bananas are great for maintaining healthy digestion, lowering blood pressure and curbing appetite. They are dubbed natures energy snack and are great brain food to help keep you alert at work. Because they are rich in potassium, bananas are good for heart and kidney health as well as bone density. They nourish healthy bacteria in the digestive system and help the body to absorb nutrients and resist bacterial infection.
Nutritionally, a banana is a powerful package. The number one quick source of carbohydrates for many athletes or people working out, a banana will give you a sustained and substantial energy boost which is quickly digested and converted to muscle fuel, great for pre or post workout nutrition. They are easy to transport in your handbag (just don’t forget about it), backpack, work draw or car so they make the perfect on the go snack.
How can you look at a banana the same way again after discovering the amazing health benefits and many reasons to add them to your diet DAILY! and why wouldn’t you when they GO WITH ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! Smoothies, ice cream, healthy slices, muffins RECIPE HERE, mug cakes RECIPE HERE and pancakes RECIPE HERE. In fact I don’t think there are many of my clean living recipes that DON’T use a banana.
CONVINCED YET? TRY THIS CREAMY BANANA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE BELOW.
CREAMY BANANA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE RECIPE – serves 1 (simply double recipe for 2 people)
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
1 cup dairy, soy or almond milk
1Tbs raw honey
1Tbs chia seeds
1Tbs peanut butter
Handful of ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!!