Nothing gets us into the spirit of the holiday season like a tropical smoothie. That’s why we asked author, nutritionist and Endeavour graduate Lola Berry to create an exclusive recipe brimming with health benefits and tasting just like Christmas in a glass for the closest members of our community.
We hope you enjoy Lola’s fruity concoction as much as we did, and that you drink in those special moments with your loved ones over the break.
2 frozen bananas
2 frozen mango cheeks
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
handful of macadamia nuts, soaked for 2 hours or overnight, then rinsed
4 medjool dates, pitted
500 ml (2 cups) coconut milk
Method: Blend all ingredients and blend to a smooth consistency. Serve chilled. Top with cinnamon and desiccated coconut.
Packed with warming and healing anti-inflammatory spices, these flavour-packed bliss balls make the perfect snack for when you need a boost of energy, especially during the cooler months. A great source of long-lasting complex carbohydrates to fuel your body, healthy fats to boost brain power and plant protein to keep you satisfied until your next meal, as well as an abundance of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to nourish the body, mind and soul. Yum!
When we think of healing we often go straight to the physical; healing our bones, our skin, our digestive system – yet, sometimes we need a little bit of self-indulgence or as its known ‘chocolate therapy’ to support the healing process.
Naturopaths will often look to the gut when determining the origin of many types of disease. Prebiotics by definition is foods or ingredients that selectively promote the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms (gut bacteria), and are different to the bacteria themselves called probiotics. Prebiotic foods in this recipe include; onion, garlic, asparagus, chickpeas and the vegetables in general. Promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria has flow-on effects to improve digestive function, the immune system, mental health, skin health and almost every aspect of health.