Creamy Banana Bread Smoothie Recipe

This Creamy Banana Bread Smoothie recipe is so delicious and filling. It’s perfect for your breakfast-on-the-go. You’ll be amazed how sweet and satisfying this is, especially if you love banana bread! And the best part is that there are no added sugars in this smoothie.

A few days before you start making this delicious smoothie, make sure you have all the ingredients (listed below) you need. This one step will save you lots of time and numerous trips to the grocery store.

Prep Ahead of Time: The night before, peel, chop and freeze 2 cups ripe bananas and place in sealed plastic or glass container (this will ensure your smoothie is thick, smooth and cold).

Servings: 1-2 servings (makes about 24-32 oz.)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups ripe chopped, frozen bananas
  • 1⁄4 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1⁄4 cup walnuts (whole or chopped)
  • 1⁄2 tsp Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup craisins or 2 dates, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk (or unsweetened plant-based milk)

STEPS:

  1. The night before: Peel, chop and freeze 2 cups ripe bananas and place in sealed plastic or glass container (this will ensure your smoothie is thick, smooth and cold). Measure and mix everything together (except the bananas) with a wire whisk in a glass bowl, cover with lid, and place in refrigerator overnight.
  2. The morning of, blend all the ingredients in electric blender until smooth.
  3. If smoothie is too thick for you, add 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened Almond Milk.
  4. Pour into your favorite Tumbler and Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe

This Pumpkin Soup Recipe is perfect for all you pumpkin lovers!

Servings:  8

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (29 oz.)
  • 1 carton vegetable broth (32 oz.)
  • 1 can navy beans (16 oz.)
  • 1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz.)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (for toppings, optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Kabocha, steamed (optional)
  • Steamed sweet potato (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dice the onion and peel then slice the ginger.
  2. In a large pot, add in the olive oil and make sure it is hot before adding in the onion and ginger. Sautee for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the curry powder and saute until the onions are clear and soft.
  4. Pour in the can of pumpkin puree, can of navy beans and carton of vegetable broth.
  5. Keep the soup on medium heat until heated through and stir occasionally.
  6. Stir in coconut milk and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Optional: Stir in your favorite add-ins! Example: Steamed sweet potato and kabocha.
  8. Toppings (optional): Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds and swirl some coconut milk.
  9. Enjoy!

Note: The soup will thicken in the fridge. Add water to thin it out to your liking when eating later.

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Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Looking for something to calm you down before you call it a night? 

Consider adding chamomile tea to your nightly routine!  This ancient herbal tea is known for its calming effects.  Sipping on chamomile tea about one (1) hour before you are ready to go to sleep is a very relaxing way to wind down and prepare for sleep.  Drinking chamomile tea also enhances the quality of sleep because it contains antioxidants that promote drowsiness.  In addition, this tea is rich in antioxidants that are known to decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

To enjoy the many benefits of chamomile tea, start by:

  1. Bringing 8 ounces of water to a boil.
  2. Place chamomile tea bag in water.
  3. Let it steep for about five (5) minutes.
  4. Add a little lemon or honey, stir and . . .

Sit down, relax, and slowly sip your tea.  In between sips, take three (3) long, deep breaths (inhale, hold your breath for 3 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds, blowing your breath through your mouth, like you’re blowing out your birthday cake candles).  Inhaling the aroma of the tea can also help you feel calmer.  

Be sure to make your cup of tea about one (1) hour before bed so you can truly experience a more relaxed state and more restful sleep 😴.

~ Source, The Little Book of Rest (click here)

Cranberry Tea Recipe

This tea soothes my stomach and is what I drink just about every morning. It’s sweet and tangy, which is perfect for my sweet tooth that I seem to have every day. I hope you enoy this tea as much as I do.

  • 1/2 cup Diet Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon or Lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (add after heat up above ingredients in mug)

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients, EXCEPT honey & heat up for 2 minutes in microwave. Add honey, stir & Enjoy!

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