banana

Let wholesome, delicious food be your beauty secret!

image-34
Do you think it’s possible to get through Summer only eating smoothie bowls?! Yes, if they’re filled with this much healthy. This delicious choco berry smoothie bowl is jam-packed with natural goodness and flavour. In addition, it’s naturally free from dairy, gluten and refined-sugar. Forget proactive, for beautiful skin, eat wholesome, nutritious food instead!

Below, I’ve added some proof/excerpts from Jolene Hart’s incredible book Eat Pretty: Nutirition for Beauty, Inside and Out for more info: 

On banana:

“Bananas contain an amino acid that boosts healthy hair and nail growth and protects the body from ageing free radicals. They also contain silicon, an essential element for strong hair, nails, and collagen. They’re easily digested and soothing to the lining of the stomach, and they feed good bacteria in your gut.”

On raw cacao:
“This beauty superfood has a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other food we now know of, thanks to its powerful phytochemicals like epicatechin that block the formation of wrinkles. The catechins in cacao throw a one-two antigaing punch: they turn off age-promoting cell mechanisms while activating protective cell mechanisms.”

On oats:
“Oats are mineral-rich breakfast staples. They’re extremely high in manganese, which helps maintain healthy hair and hair colour and supports mitochondrial health. They’re also rich in the beauty mineral iron for strong hair and nails.”

On unsweetened almond milk:
“When you pour a cup or so over your oatmeal, you get about half of your daily dose of vitamin E, the beauty vitamin that keeps skin moisturised and protected from the sun, plus about 45 percent of your calcium and 25 percent of your vitamin D. Unsweetened almond milk is low in both sugar and calories, and it’s free of the hormones and antibiotics found in conventional dairy.”

And, last but not least, from my previous posts, you should know blackcurrants are insanely good for your health (containing higher levels of vitamin C than any other commercially available fruit or vegetable).

So what are you waiting for? Toss out that processed crumpet and instead, simply whizz together:

2 frozen bananas
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp gluten-free oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup organic frozen ViBeri blackcurrants

To finish, top with whatever your heart desires! (My heart desired silvered almonds, strawberries and blackcurrants.)

GAGA Over Food

image-17
Where did summer go? This morning, I’m pretending I’m somewhere tropical with this incredibly delicious blackcurrant and banana smoothie bowl. The tartness of the blackcurrants paired with the sweetness of the bananas is undoubtedly a happy union. In fact, after giving my mother a mere teaspoonful to try, she requested I make her an entire bowl, too!

2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup ViBeri organic frozen blackcurrants 
3/4 cup almond milk 
2 tsp LSA powder (linseed, sunflower and almond)
toppings of choice (I used fresh strawberries and homemade granola)

*vegan
*sugar-free
*dairy-free
*gluten-free

A Movember Special: Breakfast Cookies

image-166
image-165
Dear brother (or sister – I’m not sexist)

Eggs, PB, soggy weetbix, Goldilock’s porridge, your fitness trainer’s gross smoothie bowl; they’re all extremely high on ze old stick factor. What I’m trying to say is, breakfast food is adhesive; designed to stick to things in contact (in your case; that glorious stash). So do yourself (and the world) a favour by befriending the humble breakfast cookie during this sublime month of Movember.

For a quick, easy, nutritious and clean (in both senses of the word) breakfast, simply grab a couple of these babies on your way out the door to avoid unnecessary embarrassment (big boss pointing out your yoghurt stained mo and the like).

2 large ripe bananas or 3 small. 
2 heaped tbsp nut butter (I used almond)
1 heaped tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
2 1/2 cups of your favourite healthy granola/muesli (I used my homemade muesli which is a nutritious combination of oats, coconut, dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds: recipe here)

Preheat the oven to 180 C

In a food processor, process the bananas, nut butter and honey until smooth

Fold in the muesli until well combined.

Spoon the mixture on to a lined baking tray (or 2), just under a tablespoon per cookie.

Bake for 10-20 minutes or until golden on the outside (the time really depends on the type of muesli you’re using so please keep an eye on them!)

Enjoy! X

*gluten-free if using gluten-free muesli
*dairy free
*sugar free
*oil free
*vegan
*delicious