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Banana Cherry Smoothie

Trying another smoothie idea. There is lots of room to make changes or additions. For example, you can add ice cubes if you like a thicker (and colder) smoothie. You can also easily add flax seeds or chia seeds.

Ingredients:
¾ cup organic plain yogurt, you can also use vanilla yogurt
1 banana, remember the riper the banana the sweeter it will be
1½ cups frozen dark sweet cherries (I only had dark tart cherries, so I added about 1 tablespoon honey)

Preparation:
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until desired consistency.
Superyummy and superhealthy. Cannot have a better way to start the day (or can even be made for a snack during the day!)

Enjoy =)

 

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Health Benefits:
* Bananas provide a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6 and C, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, protein, magnesium, and folate.
* Cherries are rich in vitamin A and C.
* Yogurt provides about 9 grams of protein. Furthermore, it provides nutrients such as calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
* Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and are also rich in antioxidants and full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium.
* Flax seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and omega-3.

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Tropical Green Smoothie

So I have noticed that there are days, in which I go on a kitchen experiment overdrive. Like today…let’s see, I made several things in the kitchen and all of them were made for the first time. In addition, to this smoothie, I roasted spaghetti squash seeds, made kale chips, baked bread, and made a chickpea curry. Phew!

I finished packing for our little weekend trip tomorrow and am now sitting down trying to recall what I did for each of those recipes 😉

So, you may have heard that kale is really healthy for you, but don’t know a lot of ways to prepare it. How about adding it to a smoothie? I love eating smoothies for breakfast. It seems like such a yummy and efficient way to get in protein, fruits, and even green leafy vegetables.

 

Ingredients (Makes 1 smoothie):
3 kale leaves
1/2 banana
1 kiwi
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 cup orange juice
ice cubes, optional (for thicker smoothie, alternatively, just reduce the amount of orange juice)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Preparation:
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until desired consistency.
Superyummy and superhealthy. Cannot have a better way to start the day (or can even be made for a snack during the day!)

Next time, I will try mango instead of kiwi =)

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Non-dairy banana bread

Found this recipe on my computer…it’s been there for a while and I have never tried it.
We tried it and it made delicious and healthy little banana bread loaves.

Ingredients:
3 very ripe bananas
½ cup honey
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1½ cups organic all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

Preparation:
Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease loaf of pan. (We used a four-mini loaf pan and filled three about 2/3.) Mash bananas and mix with honey, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Blend the two mixtures and spoon into a lightly oiled loaf pan. Bake for 40 min., or until center is set.

Banana bread mini loaves =)

Banana bread mini loaves =)