April 24, 2014

Banana Shake with Blueberry Swirl

Apart from my daily yoga practice and walking everywhere, my fitness habits had been fairly limited over the past few years. I usually tended to be more active in the summer, doing a bit of swimming and surfing, some cycling and a few hikes every so often. We wanted our move to France to be the opportunity to become active again and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. We’re lucky to have the ocean on our doorstep, as well as beautiful countryside and mountains, and it would be a shame not to make the most of it. So, we've been here for nearly four weeks and I am pleased to say that we’re really getting into the habit of doing exercise and being active: whether it is going to explore our surroundings or to try out a new class. This is making me feel good. Of course, our bodies feel the need to get fuelled to keep us going, and this is when I find that having a wholesome balanced diet helps a great lot. I've been into making smoothies and juices a lot lately and this one is the kind that I would typically enjoy post workout. We came up with the recipe for the plain banana shake a Sunday afternoon a few months ago, and have had it on several occasions since then. The berries are totally optional, but they add a bit of a zing to the recipe and make the drink look a bit psychedelic, which I found rather cool. I hope you’ll love the recipe as much as we do. Be active, healthy and happy x

Banana Shake with Blueberry Swirl – serves 2
•4 tbsp blueberries, fresh or frozen
•Dash of lime juice
•2 bananas, peeled and sliced
•2tbsp nut butter (such as cashew or almond)
•1tbsp hemp seeds
•Dash of maple syrup
•200ml oat milk (or hemp, rice, almond, etc.)

1.Place the blueberries in the bottom of two tall glasses. Add a dash of lime juice in each glass and muddle them so that they are mushy.
2.Place the bananas, nut butter, hemp seeds, maple syrup and plant milk into a blender and blend until smooth.
3.Carefully pour the banana shake over the blueberries and serve.

Shake a la Banane et Tourbillon de Myrtilles – pour 2 personnes
•4cs de myrtilles, fraiches ou surgelées
•Un trait de citron vert
•2 bananes, pelées et coupées en rondelles
•2cs de beurre de fruits à coque (tel que amandes ou cajous)
•1cs de graines de chanvre
•Un trait de sirop d’érable
•200ml de lait d’avoine (ou de chanvre, de riz, d’amande, etc.)

1.Mettre les myrtilles au fond de deux grands verres. Ajouter un trait de jus de citron vert dans chaque verre et écraser les myrtilles.
2.Mettre les bananes, le beurre de fruits à coque, les graines de chanvre, le sirop d’érable et le lait végétal dans un mixeur et mixer jusqu'à l’obtention d’une texture onctueuse.
3.Verser dans les verres sur les myrtilles écrasées et servir.

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