I have never been someone who could stomach eating breakfast. I get up too early in the morning and by the time I start feeling hungry, I am too busy and “in the zone” to take a breakfast break. I spent many days skipping breakfast altogether which is obviously not a very healthy lifestyle choice.
Problem is, besides the timing issue… I just don’t like breakfast. I don’t like the taste of any of the cereals they all make me feel so bloated or leave me with a sore tummy. I don’t want to use too much dairy products, and I am not a eggs and bacon kind of girl either… About three years ago, a friend introduced me to the wonderful world of breakfast smoothies – and I have been hooked ever since. Over the years I have perfected a variety of smoothies to suit every mood, and if I may say so myself – this is by far one of the best! I literally considered calling this post “Better Than Sex Smoothie Bowl”, but maybe that’s a bit too rock ‘n roll for breakfast table talk. It is not your typical every day smoothie, but it is perfect for curbing those sweet tooth cravings, for when you are PMS’ing or when you want to trick your kids into having something super healthy without them even knowing (#momlife).
I have always relied on my cheapie mixers to get the job done, and they are great budget buys (until you choke on a banana chunk while sitting in peak hour traffic). I was recently sent a NutriBullet by Faithful-to-Nature and it is LIFE CHANGING! I have some amazing (healthy and ridiculously delicious) recipes lined up for the next 4 weeks inspired by the organic ingredients you can find on the Faithful-to-Nature online shop and my NutriBullet, and want to know what the best part is? At the end of these 4 weeks I will randomly be choosing one lucky reader as a winner… and they will be walking away with a brand new NutriBullet and an amazing hamper from Faithful-to-Nature. This prize is worth over R3000 so make sure you don’t miss out! All you need to do is check in EVERY MONDAY and interact with these recipe posts. Like, Comment, Share, Tag a friend – do whatever you can to show us you are a loyal reader and you deserve this prize. This can be done on any or all of our social media channels – GO CRAZY! Remember to tag Faithful-To-Nature so they know how awesome you are. Who knows, you might be making these recipes yourself very soon!
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So here is our very first recipe in the series… The Amazing Raw Cacao, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl. This recipe is vegan friendly, incredibly satisfying and super healthy. Even the kids will dig it.
1x frozen banana
1x handful by Nature Dried Blueberries
2 tablespoons Trace The Taste Organic Raw cacao Powder
1 tablespoon The Real Thing Pro-Protein Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder
1 teaspoon Health Connection Superfoods Organic Cacao Nibs
1 heaped tablespoon Oh Mega Smooth Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon Health Connection Flaxseed Powder
1 cup almond or soy milk
1 tablespoon Superfoods Organic Chia Seeds for garnish
Take the ingredients (which are all available on Faithful-to-Nature), in this order and place them in your trusty NutriBullet or blender, and BAM! Pour out into a bowl and enjoy the chocolatey goodness without a trace of guilt.
Why this is good for you:
Bananas – High blood pressure is a silent killer. Its effects include aneurysms, narrowing of the arteries, heart disease, brain disease, stroke and kidney failure. One way to lower your blood pressure is to consume more potassium—a nutrient abundantly found in bananas. One average-sized banana contains about 12 percent of your daily value of potassium. Bananas are also a great source of fiber and a diet high in fiber has numerous benefits. It helps to normalize bowel movements, lower cholesterol levels, control blood sugar, maintain bowel health and aid in achieving a healthy weight. The Harvard School of Public Health states that fiber appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One of the most interesting effects of fiber is that it slows down digestion, which helps you feel fuller longer after you eat!
Dried Blueberries – Dried blueberries pack a nutritional punch. They are low in sodium and in calories, offering 127 calories per one-quarter cup, and they contain no cholesterol. In addition, these fruits contain nutrients that are vital for your health. They are rich in vitamin K, providing about 23.8 micrograms of the vitamin per one-quarter cup. This amount equates to 20 to 26 percent of the recommended daily value for vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your blood clot properly and plays a crucial role in your bone health. Furthermore, vitamin K helps your body use calcium to build bones. Evidence suggests that vitamin K helps cut the risk of bone fractures, especially in postmenopausal women who are at risk for osteoporosis. One-quarter cup of dried blueberries contains about 9.5 milligrams of vitamin C, meeting 11 to 13 percent of your daily needs. A water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C aids in bone growth and tissue repair. Your body needs vitamin C for healing wounds, as well as for repairing and maintaining your teeth and bones. Vitamin C also helps build collagen, which is a protein used to form ligaments, skin, blood vessels, tendons and cartilage. Collagen limits the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity. Free radicals are unstable compounds that damage your DNA and may contribute to heart disease and cancer.
Organic Raw cacao Powder – Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). Non-organic cocoa (and non-organic chocolate) has also been treated heavily with toxic pesticides and fumigation chemicals, and may contain genetically modified (GMO) products. Organic Raw Cacao powder has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes 40 times! It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer. Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you’ll want to combine it with some vitamin C. It is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium which is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. It contains more calcium than cow’s milk! Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.
Protein Powder – Collagen is known to make your skin youthful and beautiful and strengthen your hair and nails, but it also does so much more in your body, such as regenerating joints, cartilage and connective tissue. The Real Thing Pro-Protein Hydrolyzed Collagen is one of the most concentrated sources of collagen around and has a 95% protein content that includes special amino acids unique to collagen. It stimulates release of growth hormone that helps your body heal after heavy exercise or after tissue injury and helps build lean muscle
Organic Cacao Nibs – Dark chocolate of at least 70% cocoa solids is a true superfood but cacao nibs take it to the next level. Cacao nibs are essentially eating the cacao bean itself as they have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. Cacao nibs are the least processed and most natural form of chocolate. They are one of the most amazing sources of antioxidants. Antioxidant help fight of free radical damage which can cause DNA damage, premature aging and even cancers. There is a huge amount of fiber in just a one ounce serving of cacao nibs. 9 grams! This can help control your blood pressure and blood glucose levels. A one ounce serving of cacao nibs has 64 milligrams of magnesium making it one of the best dietary sources of it. They are also very rich in potassium, which as discussed has so many health benefits!
Organic Peanut Butter – Peanut Butter is my LIFELINE! People who consume peanuts and peanut products on a regular basis have an overall higher intake of protein, fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated), fiber, vitamins A and E, folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and many other nutrients. Peanuts contain no saturated fats and can be consumed on a regular basis. It only contains unsaturated fats. Peanut butter (100 grams) contains a high amount of protein (25 – 30 grams). Proteins that we eat are broken down into amino acids which are then utilized in each and every cell for repairing and building the body. A cell divides by using protein as its fundamental building material. Consuming peanut butter can also be beneficial in reducing the risk of type II diabetes. Peanuts contain not only protein, but also unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats have been noted to improve insulin sensitivity. Research into peanut butter consumption and diabetes showed that a higher intake of peanut butter and other nuts lowers the risk of type II diabetes. Vitamin A found in peanut butter is helpful for eyesight, while vitamin C helps to boost the immune system and heals simple ulcers faster. On the other hand, the vitamin E found in peanut butter is also a very important micronutrient needed by our body to dissolve complex fatty acid structures and fat blockages in arteries. Peanut butter contains B-sitosterol, a phytosterol that has a great property of fighting against cancer, particularly colon, prostate, and breast cancers. Peanuts and its products, such as peanut oil and peanut butter are ideal sources of phytosterols. Peanut butter is a good source of magnesium (170mg/100 grams). This makes up for 42% of the daily recommended value of magnesium. Magnesium has an important role to play in muscle, bone, and immunity development in the body. Magnesium also helps in regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Flaxseed Powder – Flax seed benefits could help you improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss… and that’s just the beginning! Flax seeds are an excellent source of the omega-3 essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid—ALA. They are also a source of phytochemicals called lignans, as well as a source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, manganese and minerals phosphorous, iron and copper. The greatest health benefits of flax seed come from the ALA and lignin. Adding Flaxseed Powder to your morning smoothie promotes healthy hair, skin and nails.
Chia Seeds – They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL cholesterol. HDL is the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
So see, this bowl of chocolate heaven is a superfood of note!
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