Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

It’s finally becoming spring here in Toronto, which means naturally we’re craving more and more fresh foods but eating salads day in and day out can get tiring. Enter Summer Rolls! Summer Rolls are delicious way of eating lots of raw veggies and they’re creative because you can always switch up the ingredients that you use based on individual taste and craving! Today I’m sharing with you my personal favourite combination and the best part; the Spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping!

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love including raw red, yellow and orange peppers, carrots, spinach, avocado and seaweed into my Summer Rolls. While vegetables are important to include in your diet regardless if they are cooked or raw, it’s important to have variety. If you eat primarily cooked veggies, it’s even more important to slowly introduce raw back into your diet. Some fruits and veggies (such as asparagus and tomatoes) are excellent cooked, the vitamin C in the peppers featured here actually breaks down once they’re cooked heated over 375 degrees. In the spring and summer while the weather is heating up, it is also great to include raw foods into the diet as they will cool down the body and keep you more hydrated.

As mentioned, peppers are high in vitamin C. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that peppers contain more vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C is crucial for keeping the immune system healthy, the heart healthy and is excellent for beautiful skin. Spinach is extremely high in calcium, vitamin K, folate, the list goes on and on! Spinach contains dietary fibre that is going to keep your blood sugar regular and hunger in control. Carrots contain beta-carotene an antioxidant and vitamin A. Beta-carotene is essential for optimal eye health and will also give you beautiful skin! Avocado is chock-full of hearth healthy fats, that will keep your skin, hair and nails healthy, beautiful and strong! Seaweed, our final super veggie, is not only delicious but fantastic for your health! Seaweed helps purify the blood, is highly anti-oxidizing and detoxifying, contains more bone-building calcium than milk and on top of all this, seaweed (not surprisingly) alkalizes the body!

Summer Rolls: Raw Veggies

Summer Rolls: Raw Veggies

Now that you know why I like to include these veggies you may want to make similar rolls or choose favourite veggies of you own! All you need to make delicious summer rolls are the veggies of your choosing and rice paper. Rice paper can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores (if not, at health food stores). I found mine in the aisle that also contains Asian condiments which will be helpful to know for the Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Summer Rolls: Rice Paper

Summer Rolls: Rice Paper

To make Summer Rolls you will need; rice paper, veggies and a large bowl of warm water (to soak the rice paper for rolling). That’s it!

1. Cut all your veggies into matchstick pieces.

2. Put one sheet of rice paper into the warm water (read instructions on package for how long rice paper should be immersed). Remove rice paper.

3. Arrange veggies into the centre of the rice paper.

4. Neatly roll veggies into paper (as you would a burrito or wrap).

You’re done!

Summer Rolls: Rolling the Veggies

Summer Rolls: Rolling the Veggies

If I could give a couple hints, they would be to arrange your leafy greens before your peppers and carrots and to not over-stuff your rolls. The more veggies you have loaded up on your rice paper, the harder it’s going to be to neatly keep the rolls together!

Next, let’s learn how to make our Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Spicy Peanut Sauce: Ingredients

Spicy Peanut Sauce: Ingredients

Remember that I mentioned the rice paper was found with the Asian condiments? You may want to add these to your grocery list as well if you don’t already have them in your cupboard!

– 1tbsp 100% Pure Sesame Oil

– 1tbsp Rice Vinegar

– 1tbsp Reduced-Sodium Tamari (or Soy Sauce)

– 1tsp Sriracha (or other highly spicy hot sauce)

– 2tbsp 100% Peanuts Peanut Butter

All you need to do is add all these ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together. You can add more peanut butter to get a thicker consistency (which is what I like to do) or start with 1tbsp peanut butter and slowly add if you prefer a more watery consistency!

Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Now all you have to do is enjoy! Let me know how you like to prepare your Summer Rolls! Do you have any favourite recipes for spring and summer? Let me know!

Namaste.

If 2 ingredients are good, then 3 are better! Delicious, easy-to-make pancakes!

One thing I love to do when I have some time on my hands is search the internet for healthy updates of favourite foods. I have tried everything; chocolate avocado pudding (amazing), cauliflower mac and nutritional yeast “cheese” (decent), banana nice-cream (the best!). If you can name it, I have tried it, which is why 2 ingredient pancakes really piqued my interest! You may have seen this recipe floating around; pancakes made with just one banana and an egg. I tried this recipe multiple times and kept ending up with scrambled banana mush, it was gross. Now I love finding recipes, and then tweaking them to fit my tastes but nothing was working with these darn pancakes! I tried baking powder, adding berries to give more flavour but I kept ending up with an ugly, unappetizing mess. Until now! The key: oats!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

Oats are great because they provide tons of heart healthy fiber, protein and little fat. They will keep you full for longer, protect from heart disease and keep your blood sugar nice and steady. They cause the pancakes to lightly fluff up, keeping a regular pancake-like consistency and prevent scrambled banana mush from happening.

The recipe itself isn’t much of a recipe!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

For 4 servings (3 pancakes a serving) you will need:

– 4 eggs

– 4 bananas

– 1 cup oats

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3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

1) Heat your skillet to medium-high and lightly coat with coconut oil (or non-stick spray).

2) Throw your ingredients into a blender or mash them by hand until there are no lumps.

3) Add in any extras (blueberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, etc).

4) Spoon pancake mixture onto skillet. After a few minutes (3-5mins) the pancakes will be ready to flip. Make sure they’re cooked enough to be flipped in one piece (I have ruined many pancakes by being too eager!)

5) Cook on other side for 2 mins and you’re ready to eat!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

I love topping my pancakes with a little cinnamon and maple syrup but have been known to put a dollop of organic 100% peanut butter in between the pancakes and let it melt! A delicious combination of salty and sweet!

What are your favourite pancake toppings? Do you like to add blueberries like I do? Let me know how much you enjoy these light, fluffy and healthy 3 Ingredient Pancakes!

Namaste.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Stir frys are a delicious, simple, (nearly) one pan dinner. They’re a good way of finishing any vegetables that may be nearing their expiration and piling veggies into a yummy meal. Stir frys are super customizable, you can use any type of protein you like, any vegetables or greens you love and can use any sauce you can think of!

Today I’m sharing with you a super flavourful Sweet & Spicy sauce for your favourite stir fry!

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

You only need six ingredients (that you probably already have in your cupboard) for this sauce.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients – Om Shanti Life

– 3 tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)

– 3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)

– 2 tsp honey

 – 2 tsp ground ginger

– 1/2 – 1 tsp crushed red pepper (use your best discretion, 1 tsp is spicy)

– 3 cloves crushed garlic

1) Measure out all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until they’re all mixed.

Now, you can marinate your protein or veggies in this sauce and add to your favourite stir fry or you can give this Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry a try!

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

For two servings you will need;

– 1 large chicken breast

– 1/2 ea red, orange and yellow pepper

– 1/2 red onion

– 1 carrot

– 1/2 cup wild rice (or noodles if you prefer)

– green onion & sesame seeds (optional topping)

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Veggies – Om Shanti Life

1) Bring a wok or large frying pan (coated with a bit of oil) to medium-high heat on the stove.

2) Begin cooking rice or brining a pot of water to boil for noodles. Cook according to box instructions.

3) Cut vegetables into match-stick pieces.

4) Put onions and carrots into the wok. Set peppers aside.

5) Cut chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.

6) Once the onions and carrots have softened (about 5 minutes), add your chicken. You may have to add a bit more oil. Allow chicken to brown on all sides.

7) Add peppers. Cook another 2 minutes.

8) Add your sauce. Stir your stir fry so that everything is evenly coated.

9) Bring the stove down to medium heat and continue cooking until the sauce has been fully absorbed. About 10 minutes. Make sure you are watching your stir fry and continuing to stir so that chicken cooks through and vegetables do not burn.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

10) Once your sauce has been absorbed and your rice (or noodles) are done cooking your dish is ready to serve! Spoon rice into bowls and top with chicken and veggie mixture.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

11) Now you can add any of your favourite toppings. I used chopped green onion and sesame seeds for a little extra flavour.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

Now all there is left to do is enjoy!

This sauce works nicely with a beef, broccoli and snap pea stir fry as well!

Let me know if you enjoy this recipe! What’s your favourite stir fry combination?

Namaste.

Spicy Roasted Pepper Pasta

Today I want to share with you a delicious Spicy Roasted Pepper Pasta! A delightful dish that is great for hiding vegetables from fussy children or sneaking veggies into your dinner on a day when you’re craving pasta! The combination of roasted peppers, veggies, spices, pasta and greek yogurt makes for a balanced meal full of protein, healthy fiber, spicy metabolism boosters and essential vitamins. The best part of this meal is how easy it is to make!

This recipe provides enough sauce for 4 servings. It will take 50 mins to make.

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You will need;

– 4 large peppers (red, orange or yellow)

– 1/2 onion

– 2 cloves garlic

– 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

– 1 tsp dried parsley

– salt and pepper to taste

– 4 servings whole wheat pasta (or rice pasta)

– 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, goat cheese or parmesan cheese*

– 2 cups spinach*

(* optional toppings)

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Greek Yogurt, Dried Parsley, Red Pepper Flakes, Black Pepper for Spicy Roasted Pepper Pasta – http://www.omshantilife.wordpress.com

1) Start by preheating your oven to 400F/200C.

2) Lightly grease a baking sheet, put peppers on sheet and roast in oven for 30-40 mins. You will know they are done when their skin is blistered. It does’t matter if the skin looks slightly blackened.

3) Begin boiling a large pot of water for pasta.

4) Allow peppers to cool. While the peppers are cooling, heat up skillet on mid-high heat with some olive oil. Chop up onion, and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes).

5) Cook pasta according to box instructions.

6) Now that your onions are cooked through, take them off the element and allow them to cool down. Start peeling the skin off of the peppers and removing the stems and seeds.

7) In a food processor (or even a magic bullet), add peppers, onion and garlic, olive oil, greek yogurt and spices. Pulse until smooth.

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Spicy Roasted Pepper Pasta Sauce – http://www.omshantilife.wordpress.com

 8) Drain pasta, put pasta back into pot and combine with sauce.

9) If you want to, now is the time to add any additional toppings. I personally love to add spinach, but you can also add grilled chicken, crumbled bacon, tofu or any other favourite protein.

10) Plate pasta and add nutritional yeast, goat cheese or parmesan cheese.

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Spicy Roasted Pepper Pasta with Spinach – http://www.omshantilife.wordpress.com

Enjoy this delicious, healthy and simple meal, I’m sure you will love it! Let me know how you enjoy this pasta and what you’re favourite topping is!

Namaste.

Spice is Nice Roasted Chickpeas

Today I’m sharing with you one of my absolute favourite snacks; roasted chickpeas! You may be familiar with chickpeas in their most famous recipe hummus, however chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) can be used in a variety of different ways! Chickpeas are high in fibre, essential vitamins and minerals and are full of protein, making them a great option for vegans and vegetarians! Roasting the chickpeas makes a delicious crunchy snack that you can munch on to replace chips and can even be used as a replacement for croutons in salad! Roasted chickpeas are fun because you can play along with many different flavour combinations to find your favourite taste. Today’s recipe is not only delicious and spicy but provides numerous health benefits due to the spices used!

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You will need:

– 2  (15 oz) cans of chickpeas (drained)

– 1 tbsp olive oil + more for oiling the pan

– 1 tsp ea garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin (I like quite a bit of spice so feel free to cut this down to 1 tsp ea if you think it will be too much)

– 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper & roasted red pepper flakes depending on your preference for spice!

– 1/2 lemon for drizzling

Now for the cooking fun!

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1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

2) In a bowl mix drained chickpeas, olive oil and your spices. Squeeze half a lemon onto your mixture. Mix thoroughly.

3) Place evenly on a pan so that the chickpeas form one layer. Allow to roast in middle of oven for 20 mins, flip chickpeas and roast for a final 20 mins.

4) Allow to cool and enjoy!

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All the great health benefits from this delicious snack come from their spices! Paprika is an incredible spice filled with carotenoids, vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Paprika’s vitamin C is essential to eye health while it’s compounds work as anti-inflammatories, natural pain killers and aid in lowering blood pressure. Paprika is also high in vitamins A, E and K! Cumin is another powerhouse spice widely believed to prevent certain cancers. Cumin is fantastic at speeding up digestion and aiding digestive upset, is high in vitamin C (just like paprika) as well as vitamin E and iron. Cumin will give your moods a great boost as it is effective at easing mental systems of depression and anxiety! Finally, cumin is excellent at building up the immune system by both preventing colds and killing foreign invaders!

Enjoy your delicious chickpeas as a snack, part of your salad or let me know if there is another way you like to eat roast chickpeas! Maybe you have a favourite roast chickpea recipe that you’d like to share with me? I look forward to hearing from you!

Namaste.

The Best Oatmeal: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve always loved oatmeal. I remember as a kid my Mom making me the Quaker Peaches and Cream oatmeal in the winter as a delicious warming breakfast. As I grew up, I started learning how beneficial oatmeal is to include in your diet but never found the perfect non-sugary recipe. Until now.

Today I’m showing you an amazing winter breakfast recipe. The perfect Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal. (This recipe is written for 1 serving of oatmeal).

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Oatmeal is fantastic to add to your diet as it is extremely high in soluble fibre. Fibre is essential to a proper diet by stabilizing blood sugar, preventing the development of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and for keeping you full for longer. Oatmeal is high in the antioxidant avenanthramide, which protects LDL (bad cholesterol) from causing heart disease, prevents free radicals from harming HDL (high cholesterol) and staves off hardening of the arteries.

To make this delicious oatmeal you will need:

– 1/2 cup quick oats

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup nut milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

– 1 banana (the riper, the better)

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

– 10-12 almonds

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) OR other favourite topping

1) Combine oats, water and nut milk into small saucepan and heat according to instructions on oatmeal package. (I warm mine on medium heat, stirring to avoid burning the oatmeal).

2) Once the liquid has been absorbed, cut the banana into pieces and mash into oatmeal.

3) Serve half of the banana/oatmeal mixture into a bowl.

4) Drizzle half (1/2 tbsp) maple syrup onto oats.

5) Serve second half of oatmeal mixture.

6) Top with the rest of the maple syrup, almonds and cinnamon.

7) Add any other additional toppings (if you choose). Though this oatmeal is perfect as is, blueberries are a favourite additional topping of mine!

8) ENJOY!

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Let me know how you like to take your oatmeal! Did you enjoy this recipe! Make it on mornings that you need a little bit of heat and comfort to start your day!

Namaste.

Vegetable & Chicken Pasta

Pasta isn’t very popular in my home, but every so often I get huge cravings and nothing can stop them! I thought that I would share my new favourite Vegetable & Chicken Pasta recipe! It’s delicious, flavourful and healthy!

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You’ll need;

– Olive Oil

– Chicken Breasts

– Tomatoes

– Onion

– Mushrooms

– Spinach

– Garlic

– Parsley

– Basil

– Salt & Pepper

– Parmesan Cheese

– Pasta (or Rice)

(Serves 2 larger portions, 4 smaller ones; 20 min prep, 10-15 min cooking time)

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1. Begin by heating up olive oil in your pan.

2. Once the olive oil has heated up, begin cooking your chicken. Salt and pepper your chicken. You can either put the entire breast into the pan (as I did) or cut them into cubes for faster cooking.

3. While your chicken is cooking, start cooking your pasta (or rice).

4. Dice your tomatoes, cut your onions & mushrooms.

5. Once the chicken has cooked through, remove it from the element and set aside.

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6. Toss the onions into your pan, let them cook until translucent.

7. After the onions have cooked through, throw your mushrooms and tomatoes into the pan as well.

8. Add garlic, parsley & basil (1 tsp ea).

9. After 5 mins, add the cooked and cut up chicken to your pan to allow it to reheat.

10. Once your pasta (or rice) has finished, drain it and add it to the pan with veggies along with a large handful of spinach!

11. Toss and serve with parmesan cheese on top!

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I say you can use both pasta or rice as my partner isn’t a pasta fan but loves this recipe on top of some delicious wild rice! Tastes just as amazing!

I hope that you enjoy this simple, quick and healthy meal! Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below!

Namaste.

Anatomy of a Buddha Bowl

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I’ve been doing a lot of running back and forth from yoga class lately and when I’m coming home around dinner time, there is nothing more that I want than a healthy, easy meal. The Buddha Bowl is my new favourite no-brainer! I’m not quite sure where the name came from, but the first time I had a Buddha Bowl was in a vegetarian restaurant and their menu was absolutely packed with wonderful choices! The amazing bowl that I had there inspired me to make some of my own at home! A quick search on Pinterest showed that I wasn’t alone in my love for the simplicity and deliciousness of the meal!

So what is a Buddha Bowl? While I’ll be adding pictures and a recipe for one of my favourites, this post is more of a guide than a real recipe! A Buddha Bowl is any combination of your favourite greens, grains, starches, protein, veggies and toppings! They tend to be vegetarian or vegan, but the beauty of the Buddha Bowl is that you decide what goes in! Don’t like kale? Then use spinach or collard greens instead! Be creative and inspired when making your bowl!

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Grab a huge bowl, maybe you have a favourite for soup or salad that would be a good choice for your Buddha Bowl as well.

1. Greens. Throw some greens in your bowl! They can be spinach, kale, arugula, collards… anything your heart desires!

2. Grains and/or starch. Add on a generous scoopful of your favourite grains. Now we’re talking rice, rice noodles, quinoa, millet, etc and once you’re done with that you can also add in some starch if you’d like; sweet potatoes perhaps?

3. Protein. Maybe you immediately think of animal products when you think protein, the Buddha Bowl is a great place for you to try some excellent (and tasty!) sources of plant proteins! Add an abundance of beans, peas, edamame, lentils or if you’d prefer you can go the tofu, tempeh and seitan route! Delicious!

4. Veggies. Pick a bunch of your favourite veggies and add them on top! You can use peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, mushrooms, any veggie you can think of is great and the more colourful your selection, the more colourful your meal! Cook some veggies and eat others raw, this adds different temperatures to your meal and different textures depending which veggies you choose!

5. Toppings and extras. Your final step will be to add on whatever toppings you think would go nicely with your bowl. These can be nuts, seeds or maybe even some slices of fruit! Another great final addition is some dressing. You can drizzle some olive oil and lemon, vinegar or even make your own dressings with tahini or soy sauce! Again, be creative!

The best part of the Buddha Bowl is that it is 100% customizable. Maybe you have some leftover quinoa in the fridge and some veggies that are on the verge of going bad, instead of throwing them away, make a Buddha Bowl! You may discover that you have a favourite combination, but the most exciting and fun part is trying different things each time! Because you make all the choices, your Buddha Bowl can be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or nut-free without any hassle. If you don’t like one ingredient, you can easily substitute it for another! It would even be a fun meal to make with your kids, if you cut up the veggies beforehand, they can choose their favourites and create a nice, well balanced, healthy meal all by themselves!

Buddha Bowls are great because they promote mindful eating. To immerse yourself in the experience of eating the bowl, it’s fun to use chopsticks and really take the time to enjoy each bite, because each one will be different than the last! As previously mentioned, you can keep some of your ingredients raw, and cook others. In doing this, you will get a variety of different textures in your bowl, making mindful eating much easier and more enjoyable. Instead of scarfing down your meal (which I definitely am guilty of), really pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth!

To give you some inspiration, here is tonight’s Buddha Bowl and tahini dressing recipe!

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This bowl was rice noodles, spinach, red pepper, sweet potato, edamame, avocado, tofu and mushrooms.

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Raw/Uncooked Ingredients: Spinach, avocado, red bell pepper, mushrooms.

Cooked Ingredients: Edamame (unshelled before adding to bowl), sweet potato, tofu and rice noodles.

Toppings: Sesame seeds and Garlic-Lemon-Tahini Dressing.

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After adding all of the ingredients together, my Buddha Bowl looked like this:

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YUMMY!

To make the Garlic-Lemon-Tahini Dressing, I used four simple ingredients.

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Simply mix 1 tbsp olive oil, with 2 tbsp tahini, a clove of garlic (or more depending on taste) and juice from half a lemon. Whisk together the ingredients and adjust according to taste.

Enjoy making your Buddha Bowl!

Once you’ve savoured your creation leave me a comment below letting me know what combination you came up with! I’d love to try it myself!

Namaste.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Split Smoothie

When I was a little girl, nothing pleased me more than a chocolate milkshake, I loved how delicious and cool it felt going into my stomach and ordered one every Saturday at lunch with my parents. Another favourite was ice cream, my brother and I used to play with our ice cream, making caves and forests in our bowls, trying to be the last to finish eating so that we could rub it in the other’s face that we still had food left. I loved ice cream so much that I would literally lick the bowl.

As I grew up my sweet tooth sort of faded away, but now and again nothing hits the spot quite like a chocolate milkshake or an ice cream sundae. This smoothie is the best of both worlds!

Enter the Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Split Smoothie!

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You’ll only need six ingredients for this delicious treat!

1 (or 2) bananas

1 tbsp 100% cocoa

1 tsp vanilla (you can also sub maple syrup)

1 spoonful 100% peanut butter (without added sugars and chemicals is best)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup nut milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

ice cubes

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Put all these ingredients into a blender, blend them up and voila! An extremely yummy smoothie for whenever you need a sweet fix!

The chia seeds have a bunch of excellent benefits, read all about them here. 100% cocoa is full of anti-oxidants, flavanoids (which benefit your cardiovascular system, nervous system and mental function) and magnesium (works to create and maintain cell health). As I’m sure you know, bananas are full of potassium which is necessary for heart, kidney and organ health! Not only is this smoothie super delish but healthy too!

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Let me know how you enjoy this smoothie! I hope that you love it as much as I do! It’s great as dessert, after a workout or even for breakfast!

Stay tuned for some more delicious recipes!

Namaste.