2 Ingredient Digestive Detox

This recipe is amazingly effective at cleaning out the digestive system. Rich in pro-biotics, and with a seed known for drawing toxins from the small and large intestines this is a match made in gut health heaven.

Our colon can store stagnant mucus, and fecal deposits; which lodge in the colon walls and release toxins into our system. This costs our body energy, vibrancy and good digestion. It can lead to serious health implications if there is a build up that is unresolved for a long period of time. These toxins can also lead to weight gain, inflammation, gastritis, colitis, ulcers and duodenal ulcers, diseases of the urinary tract, cystitis, and pyelonephritis. Read more on the website Natural Cures and Home Remedies.

Let’s cut to the chase about cleansing your digestive system in a way that promotes good bacteria, bowel flora and also gets rid of the nasty stuff:

1 tablespoon of flaxseeds

2 tablespoons of coconut/ dairy kefir

Mix together and let it soak for 15 minutes to 2 hours; timing is up to you. Then quickly run through a processor (a hand blender works well) just to crush the seeds a little.

Consume straight away.

Eat this mix in the morning, before breakfast. Continue with the following daily regimen to get maximum benefits.

1 Week: 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 100 ml of kefir

2 Week: 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 100 ml of kefir

3 Weeks: 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 150 ml of kefir

 

Vegan Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Gosh this is just the best breakfast! As Regan ate it he sang “just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy” and that’s exactly what it was like.

The smoothie was made from:

2 bananas

2 medjool dates

1/3 cup coconut kefir

2 tablespoons Chia seeds soaked in 1 cup water

1 heaped teaspoon of Super Greens and Reds powder

1 tablespoon raw cacao

2 raw eggs

Blend together!

(Serves 2)

Sprinkled on top:

Almond meal

Sunflower seeds

Linseeds

Goji berries

Raw Cacao nibs

What a power packed way to start the day. Gosh I love trying new things for breakfast.

 

 

Breakfast Inspiration: Smoothie Bowls

I have seen this craze, all over my Instagram (Follow me:  @cleangreenstudents) and it’s a meal that you can eat pretty much any time of day, but they’re most popular at breakfast time.

What is a smoothie bowl? It is a smoothie, wait for it, in a bowl. With toppings and pretty things on top.

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I made a Tropical themed bowl. I used spinach, coconut kefir, dates, raw egg and banana in my smoothie. I whizzed that up with the trusty Bamix and poured it into 2 bowls (yes, I had to share with Regan).

On top I sprinkled goji berries, chopped pineapple, mint leaves, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and shredded coconut.

Was it good? It was AMAZING! It was sort of like eating cereal because of all the lovely crunchy things added. The tropical smoothie bowl was filling, nutritious and took about 10 minutes to prepare.

How’s that for a raw, clean green, Paleo, delicious breaky!

Why not make your own, and tag me in your Instagram photo 🙂

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Mango, Banana and Chia Parfait

I posted a photo of this gorgeous dessert on my social media, and started getting requests for the recipe.

It was the perfect dessert, I made it frozen and it was like ice cream ❤ It was so creamy and had complimenting textures from all the layers.

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Ingredients

1 cup of coconut milk or kefir

2 teaspoons of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 cup of mango pieces

1 cup of banana

3-5 tablespoons coconut cream to mix with banana

Instructions

1. Mix the maple syrup with the chia seeds and coconut milk/kefir. Let it sit for 1-2 hours so the chia seeds swell up.

2. After making the chia mix, place the mango and banana (in separate containers) in the freezer.

3. After 1-2 hours the fruit should be almost frozen, but still a tiny bit soft. Place the mango in a blender and whizz until it’s pureed.

4. Rinse the blender attacment and place banana and coconut cream in the blender and whizz until it is smooth and the consistency of icecream.

5. Layer the chia, banana and mango on top of each other, and serve in a nice glass. Mint leaves, goji berries, shredded coconut are all gorgeous additions on top.

Eat immediately and enjoy!

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Probiotic Rich Smoothie

Probiotics are amazing. The things they do to bring wellness to your body is a neccessity. I always notice that post exams, I feel tired and lethargic from all the late nights and sporadic meals.

My go to solution: rehydration and probiotics.

I will spend a day or two just putting lots of water into my body. I always feel amazing the day after consciously re-hydrating. See here for my 20 Lifehacks to drink more water.

Probiotics in the form of kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha are all pantry staples for us. They are easy to make at home and a cheap way to boost your gut health.

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Here is a recipe that is not only deliciously fruity but also includes a huge amount of good bacteria that aids digestion and gut function.

Ingredients

1-2 cup of fruit (I used strawberries and banana)

1 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla

1-2 cups of kefir (and or yoghurt)

 

Instructions

Step 1: Place all of the fruit in a blender bowl

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Step 2: Add honey, vanilla and kefir

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Step 3: Blend together until smooth

Step 4: Drink and enjoy feeling amazing!

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Summertime Smoothie

Summer is coming, the weather is warming up and we have been having some beautiful sunny days. The nights are warm, and it seems only fitting that we have something cool to sip on in the evenings.

Watermelon smoothies it is.

Ingredients

Watermelon

Strawberries

Ice

Mint

Lemon juice

Would be awesome with: Mango

Instructions

Step 1: Use as many ingredients frozen, if possible.

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Step 2: Blend together, in quantities that you decide.

Step 3: Relax as you sip on a glass of summer ❤

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Paleo Banana Bread (high protein)

This post concludes my series on the magnificence of bananas. They are an amazing fruit, and I have tried to put some recipes together that will allow you to get some banana-goodness in your life. This is the best banana bread I have ever made!

I have made it several times, and everyone just loves it. Even my 2 year old nephew gobbled up 3 pieces and tried to go back for more.

I went to make this, to take photos for the blog, and realised that we had eaten our last lot of bananas #sadface. So you’re just going to have to trust me on this one, and I’ll upload photos when I can.

Ingredients

4 ripe bananas

3 eggs

1/2 a cup of crushed walnuts

2 cups of almond meal

1/2 cup protein powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbs of honey

1/2 cup good quality chocolate chips

Instructions
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

Step 2: Smash the bananas in a bowl and leave them quite “chunky”

Step 3: Whisk in the eggs and vanilla essence and then add all the dry ingredients and stir them in well together.

Step 4: Transfer into a greased cake or bread tin.

Step 5: Cook for 40-45 mins. Allow to cool for around 15 mins before slicing.

Raw Banana Chocolate Mousse

This mousse is high in antioxidants and healthy fats. It is dairy free and gluten free. Filled with fruit, chia seeds and goodness. It is a decadent raw dessert that could fool even the most avid dairy lovers. It is creamy, light and oh-so satisfying!

This chocolate mousse is easy to use in other recipes, such as a cake filling or as a side for other raw desserts. It is an absolute favourite in our house.

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Ingredients

1/2 Banana

1/2 Avocado

1 tablespoon raw cocoa

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

3 tablespoons of coconut cream

Instructions

Step 1: In a high powered food processor add all ingredients except coconut cream to the bowl and pulse until just combined.

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Step 2: Add the coconut cream to the mix and process on high for about 15 seconds.

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Step 3: Set in the fridge for about 1 hour, to allow the flavours to combine.

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I made this into a parfait with some strawberry-chia jam and coconut cream.

I simmered strawberries in some lemon juice and water then added chia seeds
I simmered strawberries in some lemon juice and water then added chia seeds
Layer with coconut cream, mousse and jam
Layer with coconut cream, mousse and jam

 

 

 

2 Ingredient Pancakes (with a high protein option)

These pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast. Easy to prepare, they only have 2 ingredients that make for a dairy free, gluten free pancake!

So what is in these pancakes?

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Ingredients:

Makes about 3 medium pancakes

2 eggs

1 banana

Using an older banana helps the mix to become more smooth and sweeter.

A high protein option can be achieved by adding 2-3 scoops of protein powder or almond meal to the mix. This thickens it and brings it together quite nicely.

Instructions:

Step 1: In a bowl, mash or blend all the ingredients together.

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Step 2: Over medium heat, melt a little coconut oil or butter, and pour in some batter.

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Step 3: When air bubbles appear on the surface, flip them over and cook until golden brown.

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Optional: 

Make a fruit compote. Over a low heat, I simmered away some strawberries, honey and water to reduce it down to a warm berry compote.

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Serve warm with your favourite toppings. Yum!

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Paleo Strawberry Chocolate Muffins

This muffins are high in protein and would be the perfect post-workout snack. They would be the perfect ‘pick-me-up’ for three-thirty-itis. With their high protein, low sugar content these muffins could be a great breakfast alternative.

These muffins are tasty, and fruity and no refined sugar! They would be great to make for a Paleo friend, or as a healthy alternative for birthday party cupcakes.

Super easy to prepare, all you need is muffin trays, one bowl and a blender!

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Ingredients:

This made 18 small muffins.

3 small bananas mashed

1 cup of strawberries

2 tbs of melted coconut oil

½ cup desiccated coconut

1 cup of almond meal

4 eggs

2 scoops of protein powder (chocolate works best)

2 tbs of cacao OR cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp of baking powder

Method:

Step 1: Blend banana and strawberries together.

I used frozen strawberries and they worked well
I used frozen strawberries and they worked well

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Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients.

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Step 4: Combine all the ingredients well.

Step 5: Transfer into a greased muffin tray, and bake at  200*C for about 20 mins (check to ensure cooked through).

Don't forget to grease your tray, or else you'll have to scoop them out with a spoon... oops!
Don’t forget to grease your tray, or else you’ll have to scoop them out with a spoon… oops!

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