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!

 

Paprika Hummus

 

Paprika Hummus

This paprika hummus is the perfect snacking food, and it is so quick and easy to make and a hell of a lot better for you than the shop bought stuff! Hummus is a really good source of protein (from all the chickpeas) particularly if you are a vegetarian or vegan. The traditional kind of hummus is just made with chickpeas, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and tahini. However I like to add some cumin and paprika to boost the flavour of the chickpeas because sometimes they can be quite bland! My favourite way to munch on this dip is with chunks of raw vegetables but you can also have it on a nice slice of toast (rye bread is probably the best)!

 

Ingredients:

  • x1 tin (400g) of cooked chickpeas. You can use dried ones and soak them overnight and then boil them but that takes a lot longer!
  • x1 teaspoon of tahini (like peanut butter but made with sesame seeds)
  • x1 teaspoon of cumin
  • x1 teaspoon of smoked/sweet paprika
  • x1 teaspoon of hot paprika
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • A good glug of olive oil (to taste)
  • x2 ice cubes
  • A splash of water (if you need it)
  • A pinch of salt
  • x1 clove of garlic

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Method:

  • Drain the chickpeas and put them into the blender.
  • Add the garlic clove (pealed), lemon juice, spices, tahini, ice cubes, salt and olive oil and blend
  • If you feel it is a bit thick add some more olive oil or a dash of water. Not too much water though because you will loose all the flavour!
  • Once blended, taste and see if you need to add any more salt and lemon.
  • Cut up some veggies and enjoy!

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Walnut and Rocket Pesto with Ciabbatta


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I’ve got my auntie Jen over for dinner tonight, so I decided to make some rocket and walnut pesto like me as she is one of my health freak buddies! But beware! I made it before I went out for coffee with my boyfriend… he was not too impressed with my garlic breath… probably best if you both eat it!

Ingredients:

  • 100g walnuts
  • 2 very large handfuls of rocket
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves

Method:

  • Put everything into the food processor and bend.
  • Toast some ciabatta and serve!

walnut pesto

walnut pesto