Chocolate ‘Milkshake’

 

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Now I don’t know about you, but I certainly like a good chocolate fix after exercise! This ‘milkshake’ will definitely do this for you, but it will also give you all the nutritional benefits you need to repair your body. You may have heard that dark chocolate may have some health benefits, which is true; cocoa beans contain flavonoids, which help to lower blood pressure. I have used cacao powder, which is raw cocoa beans ground up.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao power
  • 2 medjool dates
  • A splash of almond milk.

 

Method:

  1. Put everything into the blender; add as much almond milk as you desire and blend!

 

Banana Bread

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Because I find it really hard to go a day without snacking, (especially if there is cake around) I have decided to make a healthy banana bread which will not only relieve your sugar craving, but will keep you going until your next meal! If you are really hungry, bananas and dates are a really good source of energy, because they will boost you naturally without giving you a sugar low 30 minutes later!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz or 113g) of flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup (4oz or 113g) of coconut flour (you can just blend flaked coconut in a food processor until it is fine)
  • 1/4 cup (4 oz or 113g) cup of rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz or 57g) cup of ground almonds
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz or 113ml) cup of water
  • Banana chips to top the loaf (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut cream

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140°C and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Pit the dates and blend them with the bananas, water and coconut cream in a food processor.
  3. Place the wet mixture into a mixing bowl and add the coconut flour, ground almonds, rice flour, vanilla extract, chia seeds and flaked coconut.
  4. Mix until it has the consistency of normal cake mixture.
  5. Spoon into a small loaf tin and cover with slices of dried or fresh banana.
  6. Bake in the oven at 140°C for 40 minutes.
  7. Then turn the oven up to 180°C and cook for another 5-10 minutes until the top is brown.
  8. You should be able to stick a knife into the bread and it come out clean!
  9. It is best to serve this cool so the bread stays firm. I like to have a slice with some hot almond milk.

 

 

It’s a Green Smoothie Kinda Morning…

 

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Green Smoothie this morning! Full of leafy greens and plant protein to keep me going on a dull monday morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime, juiced (complements the spinach, really, it hides the taste!)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1/3 avocado (a good source of plant based, natural fat)
  • 2 inches of cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon of hemp seeds or hemp protein powder (perfect protein for no meat eaters!)
  • 1 table spoon of chia seeds (full of amino acids to help you run!)
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach
  • 4 ice cubes (keeps it nice and cool)
  • 100ml of water

 

Method:
Not really very hard this one! All you need to do is put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until its nice and smooth! I had it with a nice mug of green tea, perfect to speed up your metabolism!

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Green smoothie

  •  Run today was so much better! Actually managed 5km, in fact a little over. I went in the dark today and sported
    my Mum’s lovely florescent mac, not sure if it’s 80’s chic or dustbin man faux pas!
  • 30 Day Toning Challenge:80s
  • 55 Squats
  • 20 situps
  • 55 Russian Twists
  • 8 crunches (legs in air)
  • 12 second plank
  • 30 leg lifts on each side
  • 8 leg rises on back

 

Post Christmas Detox Smoothie.

Maybe I should have posted this a bit earlier… but as they say, ‘better late than never’! This detox smoothie is perfect for all those newbies to the green smoothie movement who have made resolutions to be a bit healthier, as well for all you smoothie pros who don’t have very much fruit lying around in the house apart from a couple of satsumas left in the bottom of your stocking. It’s pretty much where my inspiration came from, when I realised I had run out of chocolate money.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Satsumas
  • 1 Banana (a lot riper than the one I have used but as I said at the beginning, it is the end of Christmas and there wasn’t very much healthy food around!
  • 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder (this is really good for detoxing; you can buy it in Holland and  Barrett or your local health food shop for around £8. If you don’t want to fork out for this kind of stuff just yet, then don’t worry just stick with the spinach!)
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach
  • A couple of inches of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds.
  • 1 teaspoon of hemp seeds.
  • 5 mint leaves
  • A splash of fresh water or coconut water depending on how thick you want it!

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Method:

  • Put everything in the blender and blend it. That’s it.

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Fat Free Blueberry Pancakes

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It’s Saturday morning, and thought it was time for a vegan treat! I have made dairy and egg free blueberry pancakes which are completely fat free (well a little from the almond milk )! Theses were not as healthy as I had intended, I tried to make some gluten free pancakes made with chia seeds but they completely failed and tasted gross, so, not really worth it! You can serve these with fruit compote and yoghurt, maple syrup, but my favourite is brown sugar or coconut sugar (which is probably the healthiest) and lemon! I find that blueberries go really well with citrus fruits, so i but some fresh orange juice in the pancake batter!

Ingredients: (Makes three small pancakes-serves 1)

  • 100ml Almond Milk
  • 100g Self raising flour
  • 70g frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinager
  • 1/2 juice of one orange

blue berry pancakes

Method

  • Sift the flour and baking power and flour into a bowl.
  • Add the almond milk, orange juice and apple cider vinegar and beat until smooth.
  • Fold in the blue berries, if they are frozen like mine were they will make the mixture go slightly blue.
  • Heat up a non stick frying pan on the hob and add a ladle of batter.
  • Try to cook them on a medium heat until you can see little bubbles on top of the uncooked side of the pancake.
  • Flip over and cook until both sides are golden brown and serve with a drizzle of lemon juice and brown or coconut sugar.

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