Recipe: Banana Flour Smoothie

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If there are many of you out there like me who thought that banana flour tastes exactly like a banana and is set out to ruin every dessert, well it’s safe to say we’re all wrong. It tastes nothing like that! Banana flour is a gluten-free substitute to wheat flours and is made of unripened green bananas.

I cannot vouch for these seeing as this is my first time working with the ingredient but it is known to have the following benefits:
– It contains resistant starch, a type of carb that acts like fibre
– It helps control blood sugar levels
– Keeps us feeling fuller, longer
– Healthy way to carb cravings

Sounds good to me!

A good friend recently sent over a packet of Kadhali Raw Banana Flour to test out recipes – http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

I’m still trying to perfect a dessert recipe so do bear with me until I can come up with one but in the meantime, here’s a delicious fruit smoothie. It’s extremely filling and is a great option either an hour before a workout, or immediately after one.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp banana flour
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/4 cup sliced bananas
1/4 cup mixed berries
1 tbsp chia seeds
6-8 cubes ice
3/4 cup chilled almond milk/skimmed milk

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together and consume chilled! That’s all !

Wake Up and Smell The Cinnamon!

Damn, that nasty alarm went off again. I don’t like Tuesday. It’s the second Monday. My puppy isn’t sleeping near me anymore to wake me up with a sloppy kiss. Not a good start; but wait! I have a yum breakfast waiting for me in my fridge 😀

Clearly, I’m not a morning person. I ONLY wake up on time because I know it’s a good habit and it’s good to be disciplined, etc.. Oh and it makes my parents happy. I have to kick myself out of bed every single day. The one thing I look forward to every morning is a delicious breakfast. In an ideal world this means means fluffy pancakes drizzled with honey, waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.. what it also means is BIG calories (makes me want to go back to sleep already..). So, I’ve been turning to bran or wheat cereal with a  slice of wheat bread, or pulses cooked at home with a slice of bread. This routine has become so terribly redundant that the sight of these foods now makes me nauseous. However, I simply cannot function without a good, fulfilling breakfast so I decided to experiment a little last night.

A mason jar, uncooked oats, LOTS OF CINNAMON with strawberries and bananas. Voila – I found my breakfast calling!

This recipe is hassle-free, super easy, quick, very healthy and above all, DELISH. There’s not one ingredient that isn’t good for you.

Oats – lower cholesterol, weight management, high fibre content

Cinnamon – blood sugar control, weight management, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial

Milk – Duh

Fruits – filled with nutrients, fibre and good sugars

This recipe serves one.

You will need:

1/4 cup uncooked oats (I use the usual, Quaker)
1/2 cup cold milk (skimmed)
Cinnamon powder (as much as you like, I used 2 tbsp)
3 medium sized strawberries, chopped
1 small, ripe banana, sliced

1. Before you get to bed, grab hold of a mason jar (or frankly, any other will do. Mason jars are just purrrrrty 🙂 ) and add all of the above ingredients together.
2. Mix gently with a spoon and shut the lid tight.
3. Refrigerate overnight and the next morning you will have a great breakfast waiting for you! You can even have it on the go if you’re running late 🙂

That’s literally all you have to do. A brilliant breakfast ready for you in under 5 minutes.

Here are some other breakfast ideas I found online if you’re in the mood to experiment – http://greatist.com/health/healthy-fast-breakfast-recipes

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I apologise, I haven’t been able to do a shoot, hence the image has been borrowed from Pintrest.