Bananas.

Bananas.

Raise your hand if you too go crazy for bananas ! Here are some fun recipes that will help you use your bananas if they have turned brown too quick !

I will un-friend anyone saying  ” bananas are too high in calories I don’t eat them “.

I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. Bananas are amazing. That’s it. Some geeky knowledge here:

  • They contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. So if you are going to be negative about bananas, you are wrong.
  • Eat two bananas  to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar before a work-out. Yeah, of course if you don’t work out, then maybe that’s the reason you count calories ? Bananas are the perfect snack for any active person. Just be active !
  • Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana.
  • Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  • Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  • Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  • Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
  • High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
  • Constipated? High fibre in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
  • Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
  • Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.

We could go one and one about bananas benefits. Now, if you, like my beloved one, buy 20 bananas on Mondays and see them go brown before you had time to say ” Bonjour” on Tuesday morning, then you need to find ways of using those wonderful babies.

Idea 1 – Banana Pancakes.  3 mashed bananas + 1 egg. Freeze them & toast them in the morning.

Idea 2- Frozen banana slices. To use in frozen fruits bowls or smoothies. Chop them up, place in a freezing bag, and freeze.

Idea 3 – Banana Treats – Recipe on separate blog post

Idea 4 Banana Chips: chop up the bananas, squeeze lemon juice over and sprinkle pink salt, bake in oven for 2 hours but turn them all up after 1 hour. Keep in a sealed container, although you will probably eat them all as snacks like I do ! Perfect in Granolas, coconut yogurt or fruit bowls.

 

Vegan act of kindness.

Vegan act of kindness.

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse. A Food revolution to make the world a little kinder using ingredients sustainable & that have not suffered. Here Chickpea water, (also known as Aquafaba for the food geeks) is used as Egg replacement in this chocolate mousse and I am a fan !! It is used for meringues and mayonnaise too !!

I have read about this & was sceptical, so to kick  the scepticism away I had to try…. !

All you need for this super simple chocolate mousse recipe:

 

1 Tin of chickpeas in water

100 g of  Dark Chocolate Pure Cocoa 70% or higher if possible

Agave Syurp

A few vanilla Drops

Open your tin of chickpea and save the water. Keep the chickpeas to the side for some other recipes like a curry ! Using a robot mixer / nutri-bullet or manual whisk, bring the chickpea water to a . If the chickpea water is too liquid, bring it to the boil to thicken it.

You want the texture to be just like egg white, so continue whisking until you reach the right consistency.

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Place your dark chocolate to melt Bain Marie style ( bring water to the boil in a pan, cover with a heat proof dish in which you place the choco). Takes about 10 minutes.

Add the chocolate to the fluffly “egg whites that are not eggs”, add a spoon full of Agave syup and a few drops of vanilla. Stir gently the mixture, then fill up some little mousse jars or glasses.

Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Enjoy !

 

 

 

Banana & Peanut Butter Treats

Banana & Peanut Butter Treats

 

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Those little babies can be called muffin or bread depending on your mood ?

I wanted little treats to bring to work & to grab before sleeping so I went for the little muffins options !

Easy peasy, here is what you need:

2 ripe bananas

1 big spoon of peanut butter, organic, no salt or sugar or palm oil added

2 spoons of quinoa flour

2 eggs

1 spoon of agave syrup

1 pinch of salt

Mix all together, pour in the cooking tin. Add some berries on top, few banana slices, and a little extras peanut B if you re feeling adventurous.

In the oven 30 minutes at 120degres et voila BAM !

They smell delicious, they look delicious & they could even taste delicious if it all went well 🙂

Enjoy xx

Coconut Balls.

Coconut Balls.

Now those are AMAZEBALLS !! Easy to make, those are perfect to give you energy fast. They will melt quick too so keep in fridge !

You will need

  • Dried mango
  • Dried coconut
  • Coconut oil
  • Agave syrup
  • Lemon zest

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, cover the dried mango with water, and soak for 30 minutes until softened. Drain thoroughly and pat dry.Throw the drained mango into a blender and add 3 cups of the dried coconut, the coconut oil, Agave syrup, lemon zest, and salt. Blend until well combined. Taste & adjust sweetness if needed.
  2. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture, and roll it into balls.
  3. Place the remaining 1/3 cup dried coconut on a plate or cutting board, and roll the balls in the coconut until evenly coated.
  4. Line a baking tray with cooking paper, and place the coated balls on top. Freeze for about 30 minutes until the coconut oil solidifies.
  5. Store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer, or eat ’em all !
Juicing vs Smoothing.

Juicing vs Smoothing.

Yep, juices and smoothies play a big part in my life, and in the kitchen ! I would like to talk here about the difference between a  juice & a smoothie, their benefits, and of course my favourite combos !

Smoothie vs juice:

A smoothie is smooooooth, and the smooooooth comes from… milk, yogurt or almond / oats / soya etc drink bases. A juice only contains juices from raw fruit or vegetables, maybe a little water too, but that’s it.

A smoothie is made with a blender or bullet. Everything gets mixed, skin, seeds, pulp, juice etc. Smoothies are great as the fibre from the fruit provides sustenance, filling you up and it gets your bowels moving { Remember to wash all the fruits first }.

With juicing, the juice is extracted from the fruit or vegetable with a juicer, leaving the fibre in the pulp collector at the back of the machine, you are left with total goodness of 100% raw nutrients and vitamins. Note that our bodies absorb the nutrients with maximum efficiency as it doesn’t have to break down and digest any fibre meaning the nutrients are assimilated in a matter of minutes rather than hours.

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For my advice:

Drink a smoothie for a snack or breakfast as it will keep you full, and you get loads of raw vitamins and fibres.

Throw some refined oats and seeds too, let’s be fun. Play with texture of fruits, avocados, banana & mango make it creamy and thick, I would avoid mixing them 3 together. Same with tastes: Bananas, Pineapples, Apples and Pears are naturally sweet, use them to balance out Spinach, Avocado or Frozen Berries.

  • Coconut Milk, Banana, Spinach, Kiwi, Sesame seeds
  • Mango, Hemp Milk, Pineapple, Sunflower seeds, Bee pollen
  • Strawberries, Blueberries, Avocado, Rice milk, Manuka Honey

Drink a juice first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. It will cleanse down your inside and you will get the best nutrients. Do not add artificial sweetners, only raw veggies & fruits.

Throw anything you like, make it colourful ! Remember, you can’t go wrong with juice, just know that Kale, Wheatgrass or Spirulina are not the best of taste but seriously good sh*t !Don’t forget your ginger to spice this baby up !

  • After a work-out: Apple, Beetroot ( Ratio 3 Apple to 1 Beetroot ), Ginger, Lemon
  • First thing in the morning: Spinach, Lemon, Ginger, Cucumber, Apple
  • Sunshine loving: Carrot, Ginger, Pineapple, Water Melon

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Peace & Love ♡

 

Power of Snacking.

Power of Snacking.

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Make snacking part of your diet. Personally, I eat every two or three hours. Why ? Because I love to eat, I hate being hungry and I like keeping healthy stuff to reach. I honestly turn into a monster, I get Hangryyyy, I could turn into a B*itch & I would eat you !

Seriously, snacking is an effective way to fit extra nutrients into your diet and prevent overeating at mealtimes, so do include it in your daily routine !

Here are some ideas of my favourite snacks, mid morning, pre or post work-out or before bed ! Yes, you can eat before bed too…you won’t get nightmares I promise !

  • Fresh or frozen fruits, Soy yogurt, Seeds & Nuts
  • Avocados, Feta & Spinach on Soda Bread: Mid – Afternoon ( bread gives me energy to hit the gym ! )
  • Peanut butter (organic, no salt,sugar or palm oil), Banana & Hemp milk Smoothie: Post work out proteins, or before bed snack (bananas are full of potassium & will help you sleep)

For quicker options to take anywhere with you if you are in an office or out all day:

  • Carrots and cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes with organic hummus
  • Apples and Bananas slices + Peanut Butter (organic, no salt sugar or palm oil),
  • Hand-full of nuts, Seeds with Greek yogurt pot ( easy to find in supermarkets)

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It requires some preparation but trust me, you do not want to deal with me when I start getting hungry. It helps me to stay away from crisps or anything that I would crave like croissants, pastries, cakes or things we crave when we are super hungry ! On the same note, never go food shopping when you are hungry, or know the healthy choices to make.

Notice how my snack always combine healthy fats, proteins and fresh vitamins from raw veggies or fruits ? Healthy fats are important to keep you satisfy and you need them in your life ! Getting sufficient amounts of good fat actually means that, when you occasionally eat ” bad” saturated fats, your body does not “store ” them, because it already has plenty of the good fat it requires.

So enjoy eating those avocados, those oily fishes, the peanut or cashew butter, those nuts and seeds and all the good friendly fats around { unless you are trying to loose weight }.

Keep healthy guys & thank you for reading !

 

Oats.

Oats.

Oats are my friends because they are CHEAP & HEALTHY so they deserve a post !

I suggest to keep oats in your cupboard at all times,  if you ever run out of money you can always eat oats with water 🙂

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Joke aside, some of the benefits of oats:

  • Lowers cholesterol: A study showing people who ate a bowl of oatmeal every day lowered their cholesterol by 20%.
  • Stabilises blood sugar levels: Oats keep you fuller for longer without sugar highs and crashes.
  • Lowers the cancer risk: Oats have high levels of fibre, which lower oestrogen levels which prevents cancer.
  • Reduces high blood pressure: 1 in 3 adults has hypertension.  Oats are high in soluble fibre which helps to reduce hypertension.
  • Keeps bowel movements regular: The high fibre content helps speed the passage of the bowel through the body reducing constipation.
  • Helps you lose weight: Oats help you feel fuller longer which curbs your appetite.  Studies have shown that children who eat a bowl of oatmeal a day are 50% less likely to suffer from obesity.
  • Improves athletic performance: It has been shown that oats alter metabolism and enhance performance if eaten about an hour before exercise.
  • Oats help to have a longer healthier life: Oat of all the grains, oats have a higher better balance of protein, and a good balance of essential fatty acids.  Oats have a great range of vitamins and minerals and beta glucan which helps the body to heal quickly.
  • Oats are tasty: Oats have a very neutral taste so they can be added to many types of food and used for many different dishes.
  • Oats can help you sleep: Oats are also good at night time to help beat insomnia. NIGHT SNACK IDEA !!

Soooo my advice is to keep frozen fruits in freezer, some bananas, some nuts and you are good to have healthy breakfast or snack for days You don’t even need milk, oats cooked on the hob in water will actually be super creamy, but you can decide: Milk, Oat / Almond / Rice / Coconut / Hemp “drink” ( can’t really call it milk) makes it delicious too.

What else ? Well…you will need imagination !

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Few shades of Porridges

Favourite combinations:

  1. Cooked Apple, pears & Cinnamon
  2. Oven roasted bananas & Nuts ( stolen from #Marcel in Montmartres, Paris)
  3. Chocolate, Berries & Peanut Butter

Instructions required ? I personally prefer it on the hob, the microwave dries it out too much. Come on, stop being lazy !

  • Take a pan, fill it with 3 glasses of water
  • Add 2 glasses of unrefined oats
  • Cook on low heat, but keep watching it as it is super quick. Add more water if it s too thick, more oats if it’s too liquid.
  • Add agave syrup if you wish it sweet !
  • Combine your favourite topping ( take a pic & send it to me ) and eat !