MmmmMonday Food with Teresa Cutter

Welcome to the first day of the month and I am loving that it's Spring time here in Australia. However Adrian and Noah aren't big fans as they suffer from hay fever. Hey! Nothing a little Teresa Cutter Immune Green Smoothie can't fix, right? Check this recipe out..... IMMUNE BOOSTING GREEN SMOOTHIE

Immune Green CU-4417_lowWhat’s great about it:Citrus is rich is vitamin C that helps boost immune function and helps to deactivate histamine in the body, relieving nasal congestion. Leafy greens such as spinach and parsley are anti-inflammatory to the body and loaded with phyto-nutrients and zinc to nourish your immune system.

2 Whole Oranges 1 Whole lime 1/2 Whole lemon 1 large handful baby spinach leaves or your choice of green 
small sprig parsley 1  1/2  - 2  cups water depending on your desired consistency (see notes) 1/2  teaspoon Natural Immune Support

Peel oranges, lime and lemon.

Combine in a high performance blender like a Vitamix with baby spinach, parsley, Natural Immune Support and water.

Blend for a few seconds until smooth.

Enjoy and allow your body to be nourished.
 Serves 1

BOOSTERS:

Pineapple – High vitamin C  - Contains Bromelain that aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties. Manuka Honey – Antibacterial to help fight virus and bacteria. Ginger – Anti-inflammatory + helps promote gastric motility. Turmeric – Natural antiviral with potent anti-inflammatory properties. High in curcumin a powerful antioxidant. Fermented Foods – This may include kefir (water, coconut or dairy versions), yoghurt, kombucha or a probiotic supplement. Superfood Supplements – Natural Protein, Superfood boosters to support healthy immune function. Pumpkin seed – add 1 teaspoon to your smoothie before blending or use 1/4 cup pumpkin seed milk to replace some of the water in the recipe. High in zinc for optimum immune function.

NOTES: 
Some of your water can be replaced with coconut water, pumpkin seed milk or kefir if you prefer.

NUTRITIONAL INFO PER SERVE:

Protein: 3.7 g Total Fat: 0.5 g Saturated: 0 Carbs: 17 g Sugars: 17 Fibre: 7 Kilojoules: 399 Calories: 95.4

Here's another classic Teresa Cutter recipe I love to make.....

BANANA BREAD (GLUTEN FREE)

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Makes 1 loaf

300 g (10  1/2  oz)  smashed ripe banana 3 free range / organic eggs 60 g ( 2 oz / 2 tablespoons) raw honey or organic maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 60 g (2 oz/  1/4 cup)  macadamia nut oil or cold pressed olive oil half teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2  tsp baking soda (bicarb soda) + 1 tbsp lemon juice 200 g (2 cups/ 7  oz)  almond meal 25 g (1/4 cup / 3/4  oz)  ground flaxseed (linseed) or chia seed

Preheat your oven to 160 C.

Combine smashed banana, honey, oil, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, bicarb and lemon (the lemon activates the bicarb). You can do this by hand in a large bowl or with a good blender such as a Vitamix.

Add the almond meal and flaxseed and mix well.

Lightly oil one loaf tin and then coat liberally with extra almond meal or desiccated coconut – this will prevent the cake from sticking. The size I used was: 10 1/2 cm wide and 26 cm long.

Spoon batter into the tin and bake for  45  minutes to 1 hour (a skewer inserted into the centre should come out dry).

Cover the top with foil if over-browning.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before turning out the loaf.

Makes 1 loaf serves 12.

Keeps in the fridge covered for up to 1 week.

Serving Suggestions:
 Ricotta + Honey 
Almond Butter 
Plain + Simple
Sliced banana + blueberry + raw honey

NOTES: 
I love to decorate the top of my banana bread before baking with sliced banana or a handful of chopped walnuts and a lightly sprinkle of cinnamon. 
To pump up the protein – Add 2 tablespoons of my Healthy Chef WPI or Organic Pea in place of the flaxseed.

NUTRITIONAL INFO PER SERVE:

Protein: 6.1 g Carbs: 10 g Total Fat: 15 g Saturated: 1.7 g Kilojoules: 828 Calories: 193

 

Thanks so much Teresa for sharing your recipes with us today and have fun at the Fitness Expo next month. It feels like it was only yesterday when we met at the last expo and juggled some oranges together ;-)

Fitness Expo Melbourne

Which reminds me I'll be giving some tickets to you, my #teamdani Sydney-sider subscribers, so stay tuned. As well as some other fab giveaways this month!

For more info on who's exhibiting, special celebrity appearances, brands etc... you can follow them on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. It's a great event. I had a ball meeting so many amazing people earlier this year.

Who wants to go to the Sydney Fitness Expo next month 18-19th October 2014?

xxDani

FoodDani Stevens