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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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The Anti-bloat smoothie

the anti-bloat smoothie

Bloated? You need to try this Anti-Bloat Smoothie in your life! Made with ingredients that are known to reduce bloating, it also tastes delicious!

This Anti-Bloat Smoothie is simple but when added together can help fight bloating and tastes delicious!

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • handful of ice

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!


2. Hardcore Version: Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the mix.

Cucumbers: They are loaded with water, which helps fight bloating.



Banana: Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium helps regulate sodium levels, which prevents water retention. Too much sodium is a big cause of bloating, so that’s why bananas (and other foods high in potassium) help with bloating.



Coconut Water: Like bananas, coconut water is high in potassium.

Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food as well as a digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which keeps you from getting bloated. You know I love my ginger. Take a look at that huge hunk of fresh ginger in the picture below. I eat one of those per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I list this one as optional in the smoothie recipe because the smoothie absolutely tastes better without it. Apple cider vinegar, however, is a rock star for reducing gas and bloating. So if you are super serious about reducing your bloat, add this to your smoothie.

The taste of this anti-bloating smoothie is fresh. I love the cucumber and ginger together, and the banana sweetens it up just enough. The coconut water flavor is subtle, not overpowering. I really don’t love coconut water on its own, but do love it in my smoothies. It’s filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great naturally hydrating beverage choice. If you choose to add the apple cider vinegar it muddles the flavor a bit, but is still good.

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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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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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Pineapple-Ginger Slushie Recipe

This slushy is an anti-inflammatory Slushie thanks to the tart pineapple, spicy turmeric, and zippy ginger.

Anti-Inflammation Pineapple ginger Slushy

Ingredients


6 servings
4

cups frozen pineapple chunks (about 22 oz.)


cups coconut water
1

1½” piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
½

tsp. kosher salt
¾

tsp. ground turmeric, plus more for serving
Preparation


Step 1


Blend pineapple, coconut water, ginger, salt, ¾ tsp. turmeric, and 2 cups ice in a blender until smooth. Divide among glasses, then sprinkle with more turmeric.

Step 2


Do Ahead: Slushy can be made 1 hour ahead. Store in blender jar in freezer, then reblend on high speed to reincorporate. Serve & Enjoy!

How would you rate Inflammation-triple Pineapple Slushy?

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Yummy and healthy Turmeric smoothie recipe (Anti-inflammatory smoothie)

Yummy and healthy Turmeric smoothie recipe (Anti-inflammatory smoothie)

You may have heard about all of the health benefits of turmeric, but if you’re like me you’re probably wondering how to incorporate it into your diet some more. After a little bit of research, I’ve come up with a few easy ways to add it in, along with a very yummy smoothie that’s a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients!

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First, let’s talk about why it’s so important to add this into your diet. Turmeric has been used for centuries, around the world for it’s medicinal properties and modern science is now supporting the effectiveness of it. Some of the proven benefits include: Increased brain function, anti-inflammatory properties, increased antioxidant capacity of your body. Some studies have shown the curcumin in turmeric can target and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. It’s also been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and even help with Alzheimer’s, inflammation and many other health concerns. This is THE original superfood! You can take a concentrated curcumin pill as well, but I think it’s a good idea to incorporate turmeric into your diet wherever you can. I sprinkle it on eggs along with black pepper and use it in soups and any food that has complex flavors. It’s mild ginger-type taste blends in easily to most savory dishes. However, my favorite way to use it is in this delicious smoothie recipes.

Turmeric Green Smoothie:

1 cup coconut milk (almond milk works too)
1 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
1 cup kale
1/2 cup mango
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 Tablespoon ground ginger or 1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, sprinkle a little black pepper.

This turmeric smoothie is tropical and sweet but not too sweet. You totally can’t taste the kale, the turmeric or the pepper. You’re going to love it!

Recipe 2

One peeled orange
One ready banana
One glass solidified mango
Two set dates
One peeled thumb measure turmeric root

(you can likewise utilize turmeric powder rather than the root)
Water for mixing

Blend until fully combined. Pour and enjoy!

Reasons You Will ♡ This Turmeric Smoothie

  • it’s a powerhouse of inflammation-suppressing ingredients like pineapple, kale and turmeric
  • it is vegan, gluten-free and not too sweet
  • you can prep it ahead and freeze

Let’s Talk Ingredients!

For this anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie you’ll need:

  • pineapple– start with frozen pineapple chunks
  • kale or spinach– use spinach if you are newer to green smoothies as it has less flavor
  • blending liquid– almond milk, oat milk, dairy milk, coconut water, or water
  • turmeric – studies have shown that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is negatively impacted by light and storage temperature. For best results, store in the dark and at 5°C or lower.
  • black pepper- the black pepper enhances absorption of the active anti-inflammatory compound in the turmeric. Don’t worry, you can’t taste it!
  • optional add-ins– chia seeds, and ground flax

Meal Prep Tips


This turmeric smoothie works perfectly for meal prep! Here are some tips to get the most out of your prep:

prep this smoothie fresh or make freezer smoothie packs to save time!
if you do not have a good quality blender, blend the kale with the blending liquid first to get it completely smooth. Then, add in the frozen pineapple and other ingredients.


I hope you will love this smoothie! It’s one of my favorites. Do you use Turmeric on a regular basis? What are your favorite ways to use it? 

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