Some of my favourite meals to have are smoothies, especially for breakfast. They’re quick to make, healthy and easy to bring on the go. One of my current faves is this banana nut chocolate one :)
1 Tbsp Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)
1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
Add water, then blend!
Carbohydrates: 71 g
Fibre: 10.5 g
Sugars: 53 g
Fat: 10 g
Protein: 6.7 g
Sodium: 3.3 mg
Potassium: 1,014 mg
Vitamin A: 2%
Vitamin C: 38%
Vitamin B-6: 50%
NO CHOLESTEROL IN VEGAN FOOD
Cholesterol comes from animals – eggs, milk products, meat, seafood. Plant foods don’t contain cholesterol, though your body will still produce the healthy amount it needs.
SO MUCH SUGAR?!
It’s important to get natural sugars and fibres from fruit. The issue with the ‘sugar epidemic’ in western society is that processed sugar is added to foods unnecessarily. I tend to eat foods that don’t have any added processed sugar, and whenever I eat sugar it’s almost always in its whole form, as fruit, so it still contains the fibre which allows your body to process the sugar properly and turn it to energy. It’s unfortunate when people think sugar from whole fruit is harmful – in fact, fruit is some of the most healthy and essential food you can eat. Glucose fuels your brain and body.
SO MUCH FAT?!
Healthy fats from nuts are essential for your health! Especially as a vegan, we aren’t getting any unhealthy fats from animal products. We need these healthy plant fats for proper brain and organ function. Plant-based fats boost our mood, help with memory, liver and artery function, and alleviate muscle pain after workouts. They also help your body absorb other nutrients, like Vitamins A, D, E, and K which need fats in order to be absorbed.
ALL THE CARBS
This smoothie is full of healthy carbohydrates. Carbs are essential for your energy, especially when exercising. They boost your mood, improve your memory and heart health. Contrary to popular belief, healthy carbs can even contribute to weight loss.
Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. It’s essential for us to consume it for good heart, brain and kidney function. It also reduces stress and anxiety and enhances muscle and bone strength, and metabolism. If you’re deficient in potassium, you can experience fatigue, muscle cramps and weakness, heart palpitations, anemia, headaches, stroke and diabetes among other illnesses.
If there’s one thing I eat every day it’s bananas.