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Healthy Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream-the main ingredient is bananas! Easy to make, naturally sweet, healthy, milk free optional and low calorie. Have fun with this recipe and switch it up to your liking! A perfect treat for any day!

Don’t throw out those browning bananas! Chop and freeze them to make delicious and easy banana ice cream with just one ingredient: bananas.

How to Make Banana Ice Cream

Most times I buy bananas, there’s one or two that go brown before we eat them. This is a great way to save those bananas and turn them into a healthy frozen treat!

Step 1: Chop the bananas and freeze them
I chop the bananas about 1/2″ thick and them put them in a sealable plastic baggie. The secret to this recipe is freezing the bananas first! The cool thing is that you don’t need to use them right away so you can save those browning bananas and then make the ice cream anytime later.

Step 2: Put the bananas in a blender allow to melt for just a few minutes and start blending
If your bananas were a little mushy or they’ve been frozen for a while, you’ll need to seperate them before blending. You don’t want to put a solid frozen chunk in there or it won’t easily blend. I just take the baggie and slam it on the counter, or even the floor until the contents are broken up a bit.

I don’t have a favorite blender setting for the blending portion. I mostly press random options until I see things start to move. Sometimes I pour a little milk or cream in at this point, to get things moving better, but that is completely optional.

The bananas will look all chunky at first and you’ll probably have to repeatedly shove them down and blend. This part always takes some effort and perseverance.

Step 3: Keep blending until it looks like banana ice cream
Just keep at it and eventually it will start to look like ice cream! I usually switch to the “smoothie” setting on the blender for this part. Once you have the right consistency it will be smooth and moving on its own.

Step 4: Pour into a bowl and serve
Once it starts to look like ice cream, it’s time to pour it in a bowl and eat it right away! I’ve found it doesn’t refreeze all that well, so just make the amount you plan on eating.

An interesting thing to note- it doesn’t taste overly “banana-y.” It tastes mostly like vanilla ice cream with a hint of banana. It’s also naturally sweet and can be made with purely bananas, or you can mix in cream, honey, peanut butter powder, etc. and make your own unique blend. Add your favorite toppings like fruits or cinnamon! Enjoy!

Maria J 💜 – The Naturally Blooming

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Tropical Citrus Orange Smoothie

This sumo Citrus Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie will bring lots of sunshine to your day while bringing delicious nourishment too!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 3 to 4 servings

This Citrus Mandarins and fresh pineapple are a perfect tropical-inspired pair, with subtle coconut flavors and a secret dose of veggies. This smoothie is topped with coconut and oranges, for an absolutely dreamy and creamy morning treat.

Smoothies are such a great option for a nourishing and energizing breakfast, with endless possibilities for flavor combinations and toppings. It’s always fun and delicious to add a variety of fruits, plus some veggies to balance out the sweetness and nutrients. The optional plant-based protein powder adds both flavor and (of course!) protein to make you feel full for longer. So whether it’s hot or cold weather in your corner of the world, smoothies are always a yummy choice!

This recipe uses canned lite coconut milk for a tropical feel, but you can feel free to use a different plant milk such as soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk. The fresh pineapple can be substituted for frozen or canned pineapple. If using frozen, you can either thaw it prior to using, or add a little extra plant milk if your blender needs it.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup canned lite coconut milk (or plant milk of choice)

5 Sumo Citrus Mandarins

3 ½ cups diced fresh pineapple

½ cup frozen cauliflower

1 ½ frozen bananas

1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional

¼ to 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS


To a high-speed blender, add coconut milk. Slice 4 Sumo Citrus Mandarins in half across the middle. Squeeze juice into blender, scraping out orange flesh into blender also. Add pineapple, cauliflower, frozen bananas, and protein powder if using. Blend well until smooth.

Remove peel from remaining Sumo Citrus Mandarin and either dice or separate into segments. Pour smoothie into glasses and top with orange pieces and coconut flakes.

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BLUE SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE BOWL

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA


1. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
An antioxidant that is found in large quantities in spirulina is phycocyanin. It gives Spirulina its blue-green color, fights free radicals, and reduces infections and inflammation.

2. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Spirulina increases the production of nitric oxide, a molecule produced by the body causing blood vessels to expand and relax.

3. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL AND OXIDATION OF LDL CHOLESTEROL
Variousstudies have shown that Spirulina lowers bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and cholesterol overall.


4. HELPS AGAINST ANEMIA AND IMPROVES IMMUNITY
Spirulina increases hemoglobin production because of its high iron content. At the same time, its high-quality protein contents stimulate the immune system and reduce infections.

5. REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR
Because of the high concentration of certain nutrients in Spirulina, ithas been proven to control levels of blood glucose and improve the lipid profile of patients with type 2 diabetes.

6. DETOXIFYING EFFECT
Spirulina can help the body get rid of toxins caused by food and other environmental sources.

7. INCREASES ENERGY
Spirulinaincreases the growth of the good bacteria, lactobacillus, in the gut which then enables the production of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 along with the other B vitamins are essential in brain health, cell growth, energy, and metabolism.

8: RELIEVES ALLERGIC RHINITIS
The anti-inflammatory properties of Spirulina inhibit the production of histamine and immunoglobulin. Relieving inflammation, nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes.


WHERE TO GET SPIRULINA

You can buy the algae either as powder, as capsules or as tablets in health food stores, farmers market or online. This is the one I buy Organic Spirulina Powder

Make sure you pay attention to organic quality.

FUN BLUE SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1 banana

180 ml Greek yogurt

1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp spirulina

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp fresh blueberries

3 tbsp coconut water 

DIRECTIONS: 

Mix all ingredients to a creamy, liquid consistency. 

Serve the smoothie in a bowl or glass

Garnish with kiwi pieces, blueberries and chia seeds.

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Triple fruit berry smoothie

Berry Smoothie

This is one of my favorite summer drinks but you can have it on any day! A super smoothie full of nutrients and antioxidants.

Freeze a banana and any red fruit: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and prepare this smoothie for breakfast, snack or after training to recover energy.


If you serve it in a bowl, you can eat it with toppings like fruits, seeds, Yum!

Ingredients:

– 1/2 frozen Banana

– 1 handful of blueberries or frozen red fruits

– 1 Tbsp. chia or hemp seeds

– 1 cup of water


*Optional:

– 1 handful of spinach

– 1 fist of nuts or 1 Tbsp. of natural cream without sugar (nut butter)


Preparation:


– Blend all the ingredients. Add more water if you wish.

– Serve and enjoy 🙂

If you tried this recipe let me know!

Maria J 💜 – The Naturally Blooming

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Further Reading

12 Fruits that are packed with protein

Your body contains four main macromolecules: carbohydrates, fats, nucleic acids, and proteins. Each of these macromolecules have specialized functions. For instance, proteins are essential for building tissue and strengthening your immune system. To boost your protein intake, add protein-rich fruits like pomegranates and bananas to your regular diet.

What are proteins?

Amino acids are small organic molecules that bind together to form proteins. Every cell in the human body contains different kinds of protein. In fact, your body produces at least 100,000 different proteins. Protein is the building block of your hair, muscles, and blood cells.

When you consume more protein than your body requires, the excess is converted into fat. Your body can also use up protein as a last resort energy reserve.

Animal foods are rich in protein, but you need to follow a balanced diet to ensure your overall health. Boost your intake of this macronutrient by eating a lot of healthy foods like lean meat and plant proteins.

Here are 12 protein-rich fruits to add to your diet.

Avocados


Avocados are a great source of “good” fat. A 100-gram serving of avocado also contains two grams of protein. Add avocado to salads or use the fruit to make delicious chutneys and dips. (Related: 10 Healthy vegetarian snacks you can enjoy any time of the day.)

Bananas


A 100-gram serving of banana contains 1.1 grams of protein. This bright-yellow fruit is also a good source of potassium.

Enjoy a whole banana as a sweet and nutritious snack, or add it to pudding and smoothies.

Currants


Every 100-gram serving of currants offers at least 1.4 grams of protein.

Add fiber-rich currants to fruit jams, marmalades, or salads.

Dates


A 100-gram serving of dried dates offers 2.4 grams of protein. Dates make great healthy snacks and also contain lots of potassium.

Eat dates on their own, or enjoy them with a glass of milk.

Dried apricots


Each 100-gram serving of dried apricots contains 1.4 grams of protein. Apricots are full of vitamin A which protects your body from free radical damage.

Snack on a small handful of dried apricots or crush and add them to oatmeal.

Guavas


A 100-gram serving of guava contains 2.6 grams of protein. The fruit is also rich in vitamin C and pectin. Pink guava contains lycopene, a beneficial anti-cancer antioxidant.

Add guava to a homemade fruit salad or eat it on its own.

Jackfruit


A 100-gram serving of jackfruit contains 1.5 grams of protein. This unique fruit is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamins A, B, and C, along with calcium, copper, magnesium, and manganese.

Kumquats


Kumquats are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and a 100-gram serving offers at least 1.9 grams of protein. Additionally, kumquats are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Passion fruit


Passion fruit contains at least 2.5 grams of protein per 100 grams. This fruit also offers fiber and vitamin C, both of which improve metabolism and boost your immunity.

Pomegranates


A pomegranate contains at least five grams of protein per 100-grams, making it one of the most protein-rich fruits on this list.

Add pomegranates to salads or drink fresh, organic pomegranate juice.

Prunes


Prunes are dry fruits that are high in sugar, so consume them moderately. A 100-gram serving of prunes provides 2.2 grams of protein.

Prunes also contain lots of fiber and polyphenols, which help boost heart health and lower cancer risk.

The fiber in prunes can not only help control blood glucose levels, it can also help you maintain a healthy weight.

Snack on a small handful of prunes to boost your protein and fiber intake.

Raisins


A 100-gram serving of raisins offers at least 3.1 grams. Raisins also contain fiber, iron, and potassium, all of which promote digestive health.

Add raisins to oatmeal or rice pudding or snack on a handful for a protein-rich treat.

Other protein-rich foods


The following foods are also good sources of protein:

Eggs
Fish (e.g., cod, halibut, perch, and snapper)
Legumes
Milk
Milk products (e.g., cheese and yogurt)
Nuts (e.g., almonds, peanuts, and walnuts)
Turkey breast
Vegetables (e.g., broccoli, green beans, and sweet peas)
Whole grains (e.g., whole wheat and lentils)


Follow a balanced diet full of nutritious and protein-rich fruits to boost your overall health.

HEALTHY OVEN BAKED APPLE CHIPS

DESCRIPTION


These healthy apple chips are an easy and delicious fun snack for everyone. Try making them with a small heart or shaped cookie cutter and cinnamon, they’re perfect for healthy snacks for the kids on any day. The secret is baking the apples at a low temperature which dehydrates the apples.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large apples
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp sugar -optional
  • small cookie cutter

INSTRUCTIONS


1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.


2. Thinly slice apples (about 1/8 inch thick).

3. Cut out apple core from with slice using a mini heart or shaped cookie cutter. Arrange apple slices in a thin layer on baking sheet. Make sure there is room between each slice.

4. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl; sprinkle lightly over apple slices. (Optional)

5. Bake until apples are dried and edges are slightly curled, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Flip once halfway through baking time. (Bake apple more for crisp chips and less for chewy chips.)

6. Cool completely and store in an airtight container. Use within one week.

Save this recipe for the next time you have a bag of apples! Share with anyone who might want to give this recipe a try as well! 🍎😊

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ORGANIC ELDERBERRY SYRUP!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ORGANIC ELDERBERRY SYRUP!

  • Prep Time: 7 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 52 mins
  • Category: natural homemade recipes

This homemade elderberry syrup recipe is really deliciously easy and if you love cooking and finding new creative things to make like I do it is worth the effort! 😋

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dried elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon dried cloves or 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 cup raw honey
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Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 40-45 minutes.
  3. Allow the liquid to cool, and then drain the liquid using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
  4. Press all liquid out of the berries using the back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the raw honey and mix well.
  6. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to two months.

What an amazing way to use Elderberries by making a delicious homemade syrup you can make for your family all year round! 💜

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