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Banana + Chia Smoothie

BANANA + CHIA SMOOTHIE

He’s one of my favourite banana smoothie recipes that I love to make for a healthy breakfast. It contains a nut or a seed milk such as sunflower seed milk or almond milk which I make myself in my vitamix. If you’re a little time poor, a spoonful of almond butter blended with water is a good replacement. I add a frozen chopped banana which makes my smoothie yummy and creamy. 

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:

Blended frozen bananas are a creamy, almost-decadent treat that are the perfect potassium boosting food following a workout in the gym.  A few spoonfuls of Healthy Chef Protein is a must because it will nourish my body and keep me energised all morning. Adding protein to each meal also increases metabolism as your body requires more energy (calories) to process protein than it does to digest carbs. A study published in the American journal of physiology stated that the eating 1 g of protein per kilo of body weight increased the “thermic effect” by 42%. Eating protein also triggers a release of the hormone pyy that stops you feeling hungry. I also add a spoonful of chia or ground flaxseeds for omega 3 and a pinch of cinnamon that helps to stabilise my blood sugar.

+ ingredients & methods +

ingredients (Serves 1)

1 banana – frozen

1 cup almond milk or coconut water
2 tablespoons Healthy Chef Pure Native WPI or Organic Pea Protein
1 tablespoon chia or ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 generous teaspoon tahini

 

method

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy.
+ notes & inspiration +

Add a tablespoon of organic peanut butter.
Add 1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Naked Chocolat for an antioxidant and vitality boost.

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