ICED MOCHA SMOOTHIE

For day 24 of Nutritional November and conveniently TreatYoSelfTuesday I bring you this iced mocha smoothie to kick start your day. Packed with protein, potassium, healthy carbs, fats and caffeine it will be sure to set you off on the right foot.

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ICED MOCHA SMOOTHIE 

Serves 1 – GF DF P SF – 3 minutes

1-2 frozen bananas 

1 cup almond milk 

1 scoop chocolate protein powder  (the native dark cacao by Bare Blends is my fave) 

1 tsp instant coffee powder 

Whizz all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy in a big glass or on the go. Happy TUESDAY!!!

K

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RASPBERRY CASHEW CHOC SMOOTHIE

I recently got my hot little hands on a box of the NEW Loving Earth chocolate range and COULD NOT wait to dig into the raspberry cashew flavour! Boy was it incredible. Just what I was expecting and more. I decided to whip is a super cheeky afternoon delight using my new products teamed with my all time favourite bare blends. Try this smoothie – it is mouth watering!! Add ice if you like it extra thick and enjoy it with a spoon! Like me! The berries powder is super high in antioxidants and the healthy essential fats and protein from the cashews and powder help decrease the rate of sugar absorption into your blood stream.

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RASPBERRY CASHEW CHOC SMOOTHIE

Serves 1 – GF DF R V P SF – 5 minutes

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

small handful unsalted cashews

2 squares NEW raspberry cashew Loving Earth Chocolate >> SHOP HERE

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp Bare Berries powder >> SHOP HERE

1 scoop Dark Cacao WPI powder >> SHOP HERE

ice (optional)

 

METHOD:

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Top with some extra chocolate shavings and cashews and enjoy

K

Here is why this smoothie is so jam packed with nutritious goodness;

RASPBERRIES/BERRY POWDER; high in antioxidants they are great for all things beauty. Your skin, your hair and that radiant glow are all thanks to antioxidants found in berries. Raspberries are low in fructose (fruit sugars) and can be the perfect ingredient in your next smoothie. They also offer a bounty of health benefits, from helping control weight to possibly helping prevent cancer* (Live Strong.)

GREEK YOGHURT; is a great calcium source which is vital for healthy and strong bones. It also provides the body with added protein and prebiotics for healthy gut bacteria. For people who have intolerances to foods sometimes the problem starts when your gut bacteria is out of whack. So before you cull the dairy and yoghurt why not scull it instead and see if your tummy is happier.

PROTEIN POWDER; double nutritious if you use cacao protein powder too. Protein in smoothies makes them a wholesome healthy light meal or snack on the go. The protein aids in muscle recovery and will keep you fuller for longer

CASHEWS; packed with healthy unsaturated fats cashews can help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. They are actually lower in fat than many other nuts which a lot of people do not know. Cashews are also great for reducing diabetes and blood sugar levels, so next time you are having some fruit or sugar – grab some cashews.

CACAO; super high in antioxidants this is the number 1 reason health professionals and foodies eat chocolate. Hint Hint; The darker the better because it contains the most cacao. Cacao is natures energy source and a high antioxidant known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system.

 

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MATCHA LATTE

“The rise of the healthy latte is taking Sydney by storm. From ‘superfood’ tonics and coffee alternatives, to organic traditional roasts brewed with fresh nut milks, these chic and healthy new beverages are gracing café tables everywhere and redefining the term ‘latte’ itself.” – Out in Sydney.

Continue reading “MATCHA LATTE”

FEATURE FRIDAY – VEGAN DOUBLE CHOC MINT THICKSHAKE

This Feature Friday on the blog I bring you Sabrina Muscat. A wholesome lifestyle advocate with a deep-rooted interest in health and nutrition. With ongoing study in nutritional science and life coaching, Sabrina has dedicated her life to investigating what it means to live a healthy, natural and organic life. Check out this amazing vegan thick shake recipe of hers. And choc mint… my fave! Continue reading “FEATURE FRIDAY – VEGAN DOUBLE CHOC MINT THICKSHAKE”

STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM SMOOTHIE

Simple, quick and delicious. This thick and creamy smoothie is packed full of healthy fats and nutritious antioxidants for glowing skin. The perfect snack or add a 1/2 cup of oats for a quick breakfast on the go. The oats will keep you full and give you energy to attack the day. Happy blending!!

STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM SMOOTHIE – serves 1

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 frozen banana

1 cup coconut milk/cream

1/2 cup oats

optional: extra milk or coconut water if desired

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Place all ingredients in blender and whizz until smooth. Add some extra milk or coconut water if you don’t want it as thick. Simply pour into a jar and start slurping! Top with coconut flakes and chia seeds if desired!

K

GREEN HULK SMOOTHIE BOWL

The best way to get your servings of fruit or veggies in for the day – is by drinking them. You wont taste the spinach in a smoothie and it is a lot easier to drink a huge handful of spinach than eat it with a fork. I personally think half of the fun of a smoothie bowl is not only eating it, but decorating it. And since I am all about the toppings and little crunchy extras you can imagine how much I am in my element.

Its definitely no master piece but today I am featuring my “green hulk” smoothie bowl. It’s a keeper!

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GREEN HULK serves 1

1 frozen banana

1 kiwi fruit

handful spinach or kale (LOTS)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tsp GREENS powder

1 Tbs chia seeds

(OPTIONAL) 1 Tbs cacao powder

Note: The cacao will make it more of an unattractive greeny brown colour :)

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if you desire. Should be nice and thick so you can scoop it with a spoon! Top with fresh fruit, coconut, chia seeds, nuts or buckinis and enjoy!! Go NUTS! Literally – nuts will improve the protein and healthy fat content significantly and make it a nutritional powerhouse and great wholesome post workout meal or snack.

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K

 

NN DAY 15 – KNOCK ONE BACK

Dear Red Wine drinkers; I have wonderful news… your red wine habit also happens to come with some happy health benefits, such as protecting your ticker and even slimming your waistline. Winding down with a glass of vino is a good call all round.

Red wine is good for your heart; it contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compound which protects your heart and arteries against the effects of saturated fats (which we now know all about after yesterdays post HERE) and can prevent the formation of blood clots as your levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol rises.

Red wine contains antioxidants; containing a number of other antioxidants which can slow the signs of aging, osteoporosis and prevent degenerative illnesses like diabetes. These antioxidants can also help fight off a cold, prevent tooth decay by hardening the enamel and protecting the gums, AND believe it or not prevent the growth of fat cells which essentially block the pathways necessary for immature fat cells to mature and grow.

Red wine controls your blood sugar; the skin of red grapes – which is where the rich antioxidant sources lie – actually help diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. Researches suspect that resveratrol may help stimulate insulin secretion or activate protein that helps regulate glucose and insulin sensitivity.

But above all, red wine makes us happy! It creates an atmosphere that is social, fun and gives us that extra boost of confidence we need to kick off our heels and let our hair down. And lets be honest, we all know the more vinos we consume the louder, more funny and sexier we get right?? Until we cross the line of TOO MANY and it’s time to go home … (and eat the entire fridge contents and sleep << please note this behaviour is NOT promoted) If you get hangovers have a read of my healthy hangover cure on the blog HERE.

Although red wine has well known health benefits, drinking any alcoholic beverage in excess can lead to serious health problems, so of course limit yourself to not more than 2 glasses a day. Now how many of you just read that and thought… “well if I don’t drink Monday – Thursday does that mean those 8 glasses can be added to my Friday’s 2 glass allowance so I can knock back 10 glasses and still be under the ‘healthy’ limit….” well NO!! Sorry is doesn’t work that way. Stick to two glasses a day! (except for special events and one off occasions) remember it matters more what you do everyday than what you do once in a while!

Fun fact; pinot noir grapes have the highest resveratrol content

SAY CHEERS TO GOOD HEALTH

K