Hi Nese Halil here again with another delicious recipe… At the moment my two-year old is obsessed with our new blender, and keeps on asking for smoothies. The other day he requested a chocolate banana smoothie, so we got creating! I imaged a black forest gateau – very retro – reminds me of my childhood! And so I thought it would be fun to create something along these lines… BUT something that is far more healthier than a slice of cake and still with that similar taste sensation.
So with inspiration from my two-year -old and my own childhood, here is our creation:-
Berry Forest Banana Smoothie – Serves 2
~ 4 frozen bananas
~ 1 cup of strawberries & blackberries
~ 1 tsp maple syrup
~ 2 tsp raw cacoa
~ 1 tsp maca
~ 1 cup almond milk
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Not only is this satisfying (especially when you have those pre-menstrual chocolate cravings!) but it is also packed with health benefits… Cacoa, also known as the “food of the gods”, contains high levels of antioxidants, it is a good source of protein, it can aid in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and can improve digestion and leaves you with that ‘happy feeling’ due to Serotonins. Maca is good for enhancing energy and stamina, improving memory and fertility. It can also help with female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, menopause and boosting the immune system. Berries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fibre and help boost memory. Bananas are great for an energy boost, keeping blood pressure under control, reducing the risk of cancer especially bowel cancer and relieve constipation. With all of these benefits in one glass it would be crazy not to drink it!!
Enjoy until next time, Nese
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