Posts Tagged ‘banana’

banana nut smoothie (plus spinach!)

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This delicious smoothie or dare I even say it… dessert… is a must try! Perfect for post workout nourishment or maybe its your after dinner delight (good-bye breyers) or maybe its the kiddos choice… either way this is fantastic and while it taste too good to be true… it actually packs a punch in the nutrition category.

Spinach… nut just for Popeye… do I really need to convince you of this healthy leaf? Spinach is a great non-heme source of iron giving your body the energy it needs! Further, it is possibly one of the best sources of dietary potassium and full of magnesium (great for energy metabolism and muscle and nerve function! The list goes on… needless to say, its worth adding a cup to the smoothie!

Peanut butter… not just for kids! 7.7 grams of protein, which helps keep your tissues strong and promotes immune function!

Banana…not just for monkeys! High in tryptophan (great for fighting the blues)… high in potassium and 3 grams of fiber!

Ground flax seed… Full of omega-3 essential fatty acids… great heart-healthy effects! Fiber, both soluble and insoluble… power seed!

Cacoa beans are a great source of antioxidants and natural energy!

Dates… not just for sweetness! Really! Dates are full of tannins… they are know to have an anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties! Also they have a moderate amount of vitamin-A and rich in fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut!

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Enjoy and feel good about it!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen spinach (I buy fresh organic spinach and freeze it)
1 large frozen banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond if allergic to peanut)
3 dates, pitted
4 cacoa beans (or 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips)

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and waa laa… dessert… cough… I mean “wellness in a glass”

 

banana boat

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So this may not be a “recipe” but its genius. One night, later than I would like to admit, Rob and I were laying in bed wanting a delicious treat. As we were talking about healthy options… I asked him who in the world thought of “ants on a log” (you know, the traditional celery, peanut butter and raisins and his response was, “I don’t know, someone on a diet”? It made me laugh and resonated with me deeply…celery is like a calorie free cracker for some, but for me… it just doesn’t cut the mustard. So we replaced celery with a banana and raisins for chocolate. Waa Laa… a banana boat was born.

Ingredients

1 banana (no ones judging if you want to make that 2)
2 teaspoons almond butter (or peanut)
12 dark chocolate chunks or a whole lot more

Instructions

Slice banana, spread nut butter & place those dark chocolate chunks in a row. ENJOY!

 

We buy our dark chocolate chunks at whole foods but if your in a bind and dont have time to make an extra trip to wf, trader joes sells semi-sweet chocolate chunks… I know from experience that those work just as well.