Creamy Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberries are superstars in terms of their unique health benefits.  They are high in antioxidants and low in calories (80 calories in one cup).  They help to maintain blood sugar levels, and have great cancer fighting properties.   Their beautiful purple colour make them a delightful addition to any smoothie.  You can use blueberries fresh or frozen, recent studies showed that blueberries do not lose antioxidant properties when frozen.

I was feeling like something creamy and sweet but still healthy, so I made this smoothie:

Ingredients

1 medium banana

1 cup blueberries

100 ml coconut milk

 50 ml soy milk

100 ml water

Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend for half a minute.

Enjoy!


Vegan Banana Pancakes

Pancakes are the shiz!  There is nothing better than Sunday morning breakie, pancakes and all.

No eggs or dairy necessary!  This vegan recipe substitutes normal milk with soy milk, and egg with banana.  The result = light, fluffy banana flavored pancakes.  You can spice up the mixture with blueberries, cinnamon, nuts, or anything else that you heart desires.

Ingredients

250 g Store bought pancake mix (or 1 cup organic flour, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoons baking powder, a pinch of salt)

1 banana

1tsp vanilla essence

1 cup soy milk ( you can use coconut milk to for a richer version)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Recipe

1.  Put dry pancake mix in a mixing bowl.  Mash up one banana, heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, mash again.

2.  Add the banana, soy milk, vanilla essence and cinnamon to the dry mix.  Mix well.  Heat the pan with a little olive oil.

3. Spoon enough batter for one pancake into the pan.  Cook until you see bubbles in the middle of the pancake and turn.

Try not to eat all the pancakes until finishing!  Nom nom nom 🙂  Enjoy!

Delicious optional extras for pancake mix – blueberries, almonds, walnuts, orange essence, organic peanut butter, strawberries, apple pieces,  lemon zest


Green smoothie of the week – Kiwi and banana!

This fast and filling smoothie will leave you with a full tummy and loads of energy!  It’s a great pick-me up for any time of the day!  Great for ridding the body of that awful hangover toxins.

Ingredients

1 large leaf of kale (Great for preventing cancer, detoxifying and promoting bone health)

300g -400g spinach (Nutrition power-house, far too many benefits to list,  great for vegetarians and vegans)

2 kiwis (High in fibre and great for detoxifying your system)

1 banana (High in potassium and gives a great boost of energy)

250ml-300ml water

Chuck everything together in your blender, blend for about a minute and enjoy!


Delicious dairy-free ice cream

Being healthy doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself of the things you love.   This recipe is  healthy and guilt-free, but best of all, its delicious and easy as 1,2,3.

Ingredients

250 ml coconut or soy milk (coconut milk will make a richer version, soy milk will have fewer calories)

2 bananas

1 apple

5-7 almonds

1 tablespoon cinnamon.

RECIPE

1.  Cut and freeze the apple and bananas for at leat 5 hours prior to making the ice cream.

2. Put the milk and bananas in the blender (if your blender struggles, add the fruit slowly)  Blend until the mixture has the consistency of ice cream.  Add the apple, cinnamon and almonds.

3.  Blend until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.  Scope out and ENJOY!  This recipe makes 2 – 3 generous servings.


Watermelon Smoothie!

Watermelon is great for quenching your thirst! But did you know that watermelon can help reduce inflammation. It is packed with Vitamin A, C and lycopene. Lycopene has great cancer preventing properties!
Add a few other fruits to make it more interesting, here is my fav recipe:
Cut up some:
Watermelon
Pineapple
Banana
Change amounts to suit your tastes
Pop the slices in the blender, and bob’s your uncle, a delicious healthy smoothie in under 10 mins.