Banana, date and cashew nut butter shake

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I have a lot of smoothies throughout the week and sometimes it’s nice just to mix them up a bit. Lots of people ask for smoothie inspiration so I thought I’d share this little gem with you. It’s so sweet it will make a great afternoon pick-me up, sweet dessert treat, or if you’ve been up half the night with your children (or partying) a sweet healthy shake will kick start your day!

This shake provides a great source of fibre, potassium, protein and magnesium. Magnesium is such an overlooked mineral, yet most of us are deficient in it. When my hair was falling out after I stopped breastfeeding I was recommended to take a magnesium supplement or better still try to get it from the foods I was eating. Hence the overhaul of the foods I was eating,  because I wasn’t fuelling my body very well.

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
6 medjool dates
1 1/2 cups of almond milk (rude health http://rudehealth.com/)
2 teaspoons of cashew nut butter (meridian foods http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/)
2 teaspoons of cacao powder

Optional – 1 teaspoon of maca powder (organic burst http://www.organicburst.com/)

Literally throw it all in to the blender for a few minutes just make sure you take the stones out the dates and slice the banana first. Also makes sure your almond milk is cold, this makes it extra refreshing! Takes 3 minutes max to make.

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New home, new kitchen, new blog and a banana and chocolate milkshake amongst the mess!

Aaaah my first post on my new site! The pressure!!

As you will read from my bio in the ‘About’ section of the page life has had many changes of late. One of which is a big house move. Don’t you just hate moving house! Anyway, all the packing and unpacking, stuff everywhere, not being able to find stuff etc etc. Today is an organisation day, Oli has pushed a few boxes around and now gone to the gym, and I’m left doing the hard work. The organising. After having oats for breakfast I was still hungry but needed to get on, so I made this delicious milkshake to drink as I go.

Banana and chocolate milkshake : )

2x Bananas

2x tea spoon Cacao Powder (@BioglanUK)

1x tea spoon Cinnamon

And 300ml oat milk (@rudehealth)

Whiz all the ingredients in a blender – and that’s it!

Bananas have so many health benefits, here are just a few. They are high in potassium which is great for maintaining a healthy heart and blood pressure, they keep your bones strong and healthy as well as aiding digestion. Cacao powder is high in iron and fibre and helps raise your serotonin levels, which will boost your mood! All these health benefits in such a quick tasty drink.

As it’s such a sunny day we’re going to have a stroll in the sunshine with friends this afternoon : )

Have a great Saturday xx