CHOCOLATE BANANA SMOOTHIE

It’s been long time friends i posted. Got busy with work, kids, health and house….You know how it goes…I thought it’s time for me to start again posting . Hopefully i can finish all the menus i have been saving but let me start with my receipe i did today which made my kids soo happy …

My son was craving for chocolate which usually he doesn’t. I started to think what can i make him so he gets chocolate and also healthy (for my satisfaction). Its been few days, my kids didn’t have their nuts, seeds,etc…I thought that will be good to add all these to make a smoothie. I think banana goes better with chocolate in all of the fruits. So I made this smoothie, lot of ingredients but don’t get scared it takes less than 5 min.

It’s healthy to eat as much raw as possible to get all the nutrients from them.

It turned out soo good that my son loved it and was licking as soon as i turned off the power for processor/grinder. I had to forcefully stop him to pour this into glasses for him and my daughter to drink (who is a chocolate and smoothie lover). Here you go…..

ingredients:
Nuts....Walnuts..6
        Cashews..6
        Almonds..6
        Pista...9
        Peanuts.10 (roasted)
Seeds...Sunflower seeds..1 and 1/2 teaspoon
        Pumpkin seeds....1 and 1/2 teaspoon
        Hemp seeds......1 and 1/2 teaspoon powder
        Flax seeds......1 and 1/2 teaspoon
        Chia seeds......1 and 1/2 teaspoon
Dry fruit..Dates....5 pitted
Oats....2 teaspoons..i had steel cuts on hand so i used them
Coconut water..quantity sufficient for consistency
Milk...optional also quantity sufficent for consistency
Cocoa powder  ....quantity sufficient per taste... i used  
                 approximately 3 teaspoonsful.
Banana... 3 i used ripe so had to add more cocoa.
All the above are organic ( i prefer).

Procedure:
I first added nuts, seeds, oats, dryfruit to the processor and 
grind them to fine powder as much as possible (my kids don't 
like the coarse stuff in smoothies so had to make smooth smoothie)
. Then i added cocoa powder and little bit of coconut water 
and processed again to fine paste.
In the end, add bananas and coconut water to make smoothie
to your consistency... If you want too thin (liquidy) consisten
cy add more coconut water ( i ran out of it so added 2 teas-
poonsful of milk.

That's it your favorite chocolate smoothie is right infront of 
you to enjoy....

Please leave your comments….

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HOMEMADE VEGAN SOURCREAM OR DIP

There are lot of chemicals being used in every product. Many are becoming victims of these unnatural ingredients. As a parent, I don’t want to give these to kids and i can’t deny what kids want. I checked online and noticed that all the recipes add salt. As you know, i don’t like sodium so i gave a thought about it. I tried to few times to get to the taste but at last i acheived it. Wonderful thing is my kids loved it. After that i do whenever i need it and i don’t need to worry about going out to buy or checking for an expiration date or worry about the unnecessary ingredients (dangerous chemicals).

As soon as i say no sodium, a lot of people get panicked and say no way i am going to eat . It tastes bland. But trust me you will love it because they have natural sodium which brings in the taste. My kids stopped asking me to buy from outside. Try it you will love the taste.
sour-cream

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup soaked cashews (if you need instantly you can soak in hot 
water for 3-5 min.
10-15ml lime juice
5-10ml  apple cider vinegar
30-60ml water (quantiy sufficient to make the desired consistency)

Directions: First blend soaked cashews to a fine paste, if necessary u can 
add little bit of water. Next add lime juice, apple cider vinegar 
little by little and taste it to make sure you got the desired sour 
cream taste.
You can add powdered dill and not apple cider vinegar to make it a 
dip for veggies. 

TIPS FOR MAKING HEALTHY SMOOTHIES

 

Recently, I was wondering how i can make my life easy with kids, job, family, house etc…..You are going through the same thing! I knew it so i put some time into it figuring out how i can do this….First thing came to my mind was breakfast…What can I do to make my job less hard in the morning?….Ofcourse you want it to be healthy when it comes to family but you also wish for less work..

I noticed that a lot of people are in to smoothie freezer packs (no doubt i prefer home made only). Huh! “freezer bags” might not be a good idea to eat frozen food but i gave it a thought. If we make fresh at home, they should be good for health. You know you are not adding preservatives to preserve them from rotting you are just preserving the nutrients naturally so why worry right. That’s it, it striked my mind to be a great idea. So i did some research and you will be thrilled to know i gathered a lot of reciepes, even though most of them we know already and i found some interesting ones online (like whole foods and few more…).

 

Are you ready to jump into kitchen to make these delicious, colorful but healthy vegan smoothies which take couple of minutes to make?

Before you enter the kitchen, here are some tips in making smoothies:

  • You can add “chia seeds”, or “flax seeds (they don’t change the color a lot, or taste)

chia-seeds                          flax-seed

  • You can add 2 cups fruit, 1 sliced banana

banana

  • You can add 1 cup greens (for healthy fibrous smoothie).
  • Add 1 cup of liquid (like water, coconut water, juice, almond milk) to the blender, then add frozen smoothie pack contents or fresh ingredients.
  • Adding coconut manna or 1/2 avocado will produce a creamer smoothie.

avocado

  • Freeze yogurt in icucube trays (for convenience but try to add fresh).
  • Layer from softest (like banana) to hardest, and add liquid last.
  • Oatmeal is cheap, filling, healthy and turns your drink into a meal (which is fribrous too).

oatmeal

  • Add veggies like cabbage, kale or spinach you won’t even taste them ( gives vitamins, fiber, minerals).

spinachkalecabbage

 

I will keep looking into it and if you have any please share them….hope you all are going to enjoy making smoothies…….see you in my next post of smoothie reciepes….

Snacks

Kids need healthy snacks. So how do they get them if they are not eating any meat?…It’s a false impression that meat has highest protein content but did you ever try to find out the truth. It’s proven that Lentils, beans, nuts, tofu,seeds ,leafy vegetables and many more are rich in protein,minerals, vitamins,etc..You got it right ..we have quite a lot of  options for protein rich food….Now why would you go for meat… Am i right? Ok cool let’s see what can we make for school or home so kids won’t complain…..

Nuts:

  •      First of all my favourite one is evening snack with nuts. There are a lot of nuts available but you need to know how to give them and how much to give since you know that they have essential fatty acids, mineral, vitamins, protein etc..
  • Peanuts…soaked  (5)                                                                                                               Almonds..soaked  (4)                                                                                                             Sesame seeds…soaked (1 teaspoonful)….                                                                        Seperately for atleast 6-8 hrs..
  • Cashews (3), Raisins (6), Dates (2), Figs (1), Pumpkin seeds (1 teaspoonful), sunflower seeds (1 teaspoonful).
  • Walnuts (4 to 6)
  • Pistachio (5)

Baked Veggies: Most of the veggies have almost the same procedure so you can use for your favourite veggies.

Cut the veggies into desirable shapes , edible sizes or however your kids want to. Put them in a salad bowl and mix with fresh milk cream (approx 1/4 teaspoonful for 1 cup of veggies) or sprinkle or brush them with oil (1/4 teaspoonful). Sprinkle some grounded black pepper for taste and spread them on baking sheet lined  with parchment paper and bake them. ( i used 375F for 15 to 20 min depending on they type of veggies).                                                                                                                                                                                                  Serve them with home made ranch ( i shared the receipe in my “DIPS” post). Kids will love them and trust me they will ask them to make them every day.

There is one more way to have veggies for the kids who love spices in them but no salt.

For example: 

Cauliflower 65

serving 2/prep time 12min/cook time 15-20 min

Ingredients:
cauliflower: 2 cup (florets)
pepper:1/4 teaspoon
cayenne pepper:1/3 teaspoon
ketch-up:1 teaspoon
Nando's peri-peri medium sauce:1 and 1/2 tsp-2 tsp (depending on your
                                spice levels)
cumin powder:1/2 teaspoon
garlic:1 clove (crushed)
Dill: a pinch for taste
Oregano: a pinch for taste
Cream: preferably fresh milk cream        
           1 teaspoon or ¼ teaspoon oil
Flour: 1-2 teaspoons
Tapioca starch:1/3 teaspoon
Flax seed powder: 1 tablespoon as egg Substitute
Bread crumbs: upto 2 teaspoonsful

Directions:
Take 2 cups of fresh cauliflower florets into a Ziploc bag. Add 
cream,black pepper, cayenne pepper. zip the bag and rub in between 
both palms to mix them properly.
Keep it aside for 2 min and add the remaining ingredients and rub in
between both palms to mix and leave aside for 5 minutes for 
marination.
Spread them on the baking sheet and bake them at 375F for 15 to 
20 min until they are golden brown or cooked.
Serve them with the favorite ranch or ketch up..

 

And many more on their way….