Better than Narnia Banana Bread

Oh by George. Being a nutritionista, I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without posting a delicious recipe! My apologies. 

I came home last week and was craving something tasty. I found myself staring in the freezer as if it had turned into Narnia and something mystical was about to happen. Instead, something better happened…I came across 6 brown frozen bananas. SCORE! The rest is history.

Better than Narnia Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a medium-sized loaf pan or a preferred pan and set aside.

1 cup bananas, mashed
2 organic eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup ghee, melted (can substitute with organic butter or coconut oil)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup apple sauce

Mix the above ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1 tsp. aluminum-free

Mix the above ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine both dry and wet ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. (I took it out juuuust slightly before and it finished while cooling)

OPTIONAL:
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use carob)
1/4 cup cacao nibs

PS – I am WELL aware that I am NOT a photographer! The wonders of a cell phone camera without flash! 🙂

The Hangover

Partied your pants off last night? I’m sure it was all fun and games until the vodka started tasting like water.. then it seemed like a good idea to eat the biggest, juiciest burger topped with all the goodies (french fries do NOT belong on your burger) annnnd the rest of the night.. well let’s just say it was a blurr. We’ve all had our night.. or two. The worst part? The morning after.

The next morning when you tell yourself you’re never going to drink again, try these simple tips to cure your hangover.

Before Bed: perhaps prepare this part before killing a bottle of wine?

1. Milk Thistle – herbal supplement which is known to reduce the effects of liver poisons.
2. B-Complex Vitamin – keeps the cells active and increases energy production which will help them eliminate alcohol faster.

Next Morning

1. Ginger tea with honey – the ginger will soothe the stomach and honey is known to help metabolize the alcohol more quickly.
2. Coconut Water – great for re-hydrating the body and contains electrolytes
3. Water water WATER! – It is SO important to keep hydrated (juice won’t cut it, sorry!)
4. Nux Vomica – just by reading the name, you should know it’s gunna be good! This specific homeopathic is believed to be the BEST hang over cure! Light sensititve? Sick to your stomach? The birds chirping too loud? Take this homeopathic and all shall be cured!
5. Hang over smoothie!

Last but certainly not least.. take it easy on the booze next time. This isn’t your high school prom, take it down a notch! 😉

The Ultimate Hang Over Smoothie

1/2 banana
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. slippery elm (optional)
1/4 inch gingerroot
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup  chocolate rice or almond milk
1 1/2 cup ice
1 tsp. cinnamon

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy (then drink twice the amount of water than you think you should!)

Breath Freshening, Mocha Loving, Chocolatey, Vegan, kinda sorta tastes like Cheesecake..?

Chocolat, je t’aime. It’s time for your taste buds to reach a whollllllleee new level.

Healthy? Although SOME may not believe it, this is one guilt-free dessert you can count on. (Let them send a sample away for research)

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate contain concentrations of epicatechin which is a group of “heart-healthy” compounds known as flavanols, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Other studies have shown that flavanols have a cardio-protective benefit for heart disease patients by lowering blood pressure, and researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke. In addition, Sally Scroggs, M.S., R.D., L.D., health education manager at The University of Texas’ Cancer Prevention Center, says “moderate amounts of dark chocolate may play a role in cancer prevention.” The high concentration of antioxidants in dark chocolate is thought to help combat cell damage that can lead to tumor growth. Did I mention the natural high or aphrodisiac effect? Right. By golly Tom, I think it’s actually good for you?!

This recipe DOES NOT contain: preservatives, artificial flavours, refined/processed CRAP, refined sugar, gluten, dairy or any other ingredients from the naughty list.
This recipe DOES contain: fresh, whole food ingredients, vitamins, minerals, EFA’s, antioxidants, deliciousness and so many more goodies.

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup dry almonds
1 cup dry pecans
5 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 cup medjool date paste (in a blender, puree 1 1/4 cup water, 1 cup medjool dates, 1 tbsp. lemon juice)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. coffee beans
Optional: 1/4 cup shredded coconut

In a blender, mix the almonds, pecans and coffee beans until broken down. Slowly add medjool date paste until mixed well. Add rest of ingredients until mixture is consistent. Next, rub a springform pan with coconut oil (butter or olive oil is fine) to ensure the crust won’t stick. Distribute the mixture evenly by pressing on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

Filling Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soak for at least 1 hour prior to preparing)
1/2 cup vegan cream cheese (I use tofutti)
1 cup espresso (make this yourself with organic coffee beans!!  and a french press.Start with 1/2 cup coffee beans with 1 1/2 cups water, brew and let cool)
3/4 cup rice milk (you can use almond or hemp milk as an alternative)
1 cup raw agave or honey
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/8 cup vanilla
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
1 tbsp. coffee beans
2 tbsp. coconut oil (add at end)
1 tbsp. olive oil (add at end)
1 cup cacao or coconut butter (add at end)

Mix all ingredients in a blender or processor with the exception of the last three, until smooth. Once you have achieved a creamy consistency, add in both oils and the coconut or cacao butter. Pour the mixture over the crust and place in the freeze for 2 hours. Take out 30 minutes before serving and store in fridge. Prepare your taste buds for something divinely delicious. Bon Appetit!

Optional: sprinkle shredded coconut and cacao powder or mint leaves for presentation

Recipe inspired by Amie Sue.

“Skinny Bitch” said it best…would you suck your mothers tits?

Proud moment: humans are the only species that will drink another species milk or drink milk as an adult. Give yourself a pat on the back.

By design, milk will nourish a 9 pound baby to grow into a 25 pound toddler or better yet, nourish a 90 pound calf to grow into a 2000 pound cow. Talk about bulking up (and I’m not referring to an Arnold-kinda-bulk). According to mother nature, humans are not designed to consume milk past the early age of growth and development. Allow me to elaborate…

Our body requires the enzyme “lactase” to break down “lactose” which is the sugar found in milk. As we get older (18 months to 4 years old to be exact), 90-95% of this enzyme is depleted. Now, we are unable to properly digest the milk and it opens the door for a wide range of issues. Undigested milk = mucous, acidity, allergies and much much more. Just what you were looking for, right?

It does the body good? Well my friends, despite what you’ve been told, many of us have been fooled by the multi-billion dollar corporation! In fact, calcium surprisingly enough has one of the lowest absorption rates compared to all other calcium sources.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Brussels Sprouts: 63.8%
Broccoli: 52.6%
Kale: 50%
Milk: 2%
According to Vivian Goldschmidt, founder of Save Our Bones, a large myth surrounding milk consumption is that drinking milk will prevent osteoporosis. This is actually quite the opposite as the animal protein found in milk has the tendency to leach calcium from the body causing a decrease in bone density. Need more proof? Along with a similar study carried out by Yale University, The Harvard Nurses Health Study followed more than 72,000 women over 12 years and believe it or not, milk was NOT shown to have a preventative role on protecting our bones. Although women are more susceptible to osteoporosis, 2 million men have it and 12 million men are at risk. Do the math.

Besides the known issues of milk containing hormones (Bovine Growth Hormone known as “Posilac”), chemicals (dioxin, PCBs, BFRs) and antibiotics, a few conditions which may be associated with dairy consumption include: diabetes; kidney stones; acne; heart disease; osteoporosis; multiple sclerosis; stroke; arthritis; asthma; allergies; digestive upset; cataracts; macular degeneration; anemia; anxiety; ADD and ADHD; headaches; heartburn; indigestion; IBS; joint pain; impaired immune function; ovarian cancer; Alzheimer’s; prostate, colon and rectum cancer. Found in Cliff’s Notes of the China Study: Dr. Campbell discovered that casein, which makes up 85% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all three stages of cancer growth. Case Closed.

I could go on and on about the risks of sucking back dairy but instead of doing that, let’s talk about the goods. Below is a list of my favourite milk alternatives (and no, I did NOT forget to add soy to the list Y.U.C.K).

Rice Milk: low fat, lactose-free and generally fortified with the same amount of calcium as a serving of cow’s milk. Rice milk is also often fortified with niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and iron. Vegan friendly!

Almond Milk: low fat, lactose-free and PACKED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. As it is clearly made from almonds, the milk contains the same benefits for your skin, heart health, balancing blood sugar, eye health, muscle power, bone health and weight management. Did I mention you can make it yourself? SCORE! See below for a delicious recipe

More alternatives: hemp milk, coconut milk, sheep milk and organic cows milk (..if you must)

Almond Milk

  • 1/2 cup almonds (soaked overnight)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp honey or 1-2 pitted dates or 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional sweetener)
  • flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds (optional for additional nutrient value)
  1. Soak almonds overnight in 1 cup of water.
  2. After 12 hours, drain the additional water and rinse
  3. Pour almonds and 1 cup of water into a blender and blend until smooth (add sweetener if you would like)
  4. Lay a strainer over a bowl and pour nut mixture through the strainer. Press the mixture until the milk has drained through
  5. Put mixture back in the blender with additional cup of water, blend until smooth
  6. Lay a strainer over a bowl and pour nut mixture through the strainer. Press the mixture until the milk has drained through
  7. Pour milk into jar and store in the fridge for up to a weekENJOY!