How to Pick the Best Bananas

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Make sure your bananas have little brown spots on them before eating them – this means they’re ripe. When they’re ripe, bananas taste the sweetest, creamiest, and have the most nutrients. So don’t eat the greeny-yellowy ones! 😉💛

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Nutritional Info for 1 Large Banana:

Calories: 121
Carbohydrates: 36 g (10%)
Fibre: 3.5 g
Sugars: 17 g
Fat: 0.4 g
Protein: 1.5 g
Sodium: 1.4 mg
Potassium: 487 mg
Calcium: 0
Iron: 2%
Vitamin A: 1%
Vitamin C: 19%
Vitamin B-6: 25%
Magnesium: 9%

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POTASSIUM

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.

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Enjoy! Xx

How to Make Natural Deodorant

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Recipe:

3 TBSP Coconut oil
2 TBSP Shea butter
3 TBSP Baking soda
2 TBSP Arrowroot flour (or cornstarch)
5-10 drops Tea tree oil
+ a few drops of any other essential oil of your choice – I used orange and patchouli and Val used ylang ylang and patchouli)

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Directions:

– Fill a pot with about 1 inch of water, bring to a boil
– Put the coconut oil and shea butter into a measuring cup
– Once the water is boiling, put the measuring cup in the pot to melt the oils (par boiling)
– Once the coconut oil and shea butter have melted (become liquid), use oven mitts to take out the measuring cup from the pot and turn off the stove
– Add the baking soda and arrowroot flour and stir
– Add the tea tree oil and other desired essential oils
– Pour your mixture into the jar you’ll be storing it in and shake
– Put jar in the fridge to solidify your deodorant

Application:

– Apply a pea-sized amount to your armpit (using your fingers)

To get the essential oils we used in the video: http://www.mydoterra.com/valessentialoils

Enjoy! Xx

Vegan Banana Nut Chocolate Smoothie

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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 :)

RECIPE:

2 Bananas
4 Dates
1 Tbsp Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)
1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Add water, then blend!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Calories: 440
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
Calcium: 7%
Iron: 17%
Vitamin A: 2%
Vitamin C: 38%
Vitamin B-6: 50%
Magnesium: 18%

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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.
#cutcarbscutlife #carbthefuckup

POTASSIUM

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.

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Enjoy!! Xx