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Banana Berry Protein Health Shake

I’ll never forget the first Banana Health Shake I enjoyed many years ago at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in NYC. Since then, I’ve often experimented with making my own breakfast smoothies. For me, coming up with the right combo of ingredients was not just about trying to eat healthier & losing a little weight… it really had to taste great, or I wouldn’t go through all the trouble. I discovered that one of the secret ingredients in Ellen’s shakes was toasted wheat germ. It added a bit of crunch to the shake, which I love, and is also an excellent source of vitamin E & folic acid. For fruit, I use bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. The trick is to freeze the fruit before blending, so that your shakes come out thick & cold. I like to prep about a weeks worth of fresh bananas & strawberries, so that I can make a shake in a matter of minutes. For ease, I use Wymann’s Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries. I also add flax oil because of its high concentration of Omega-3’s.  For protein, I use an all-natural vanilla whey powder, and to get my veggies, I add a scoop of Macro Greens “Nutrient Rich Super Food Supplement.” When my photographer friend Francis first suggested I try Macro Greens, I was a bit leery about adding a veggie supplement. But after trying it, I was sold.  So blend away, and by all means, experiment with different ingredient combinations of whatever makes you sing !

Tips:

– For best flavor, allow bananas to ripen thoroughly before freezing.
– Wild blueberries are higher in antioxidants than cultivated blueberries.
– When fruit is out of season, blend in a packet of stevia, or a tablespoon of honey to sweeten the mix.

Here’s the recipe:

Makes 1 ( 18 oz. ) serving

1 cup skim milk
1 heaping scoop of vanilla flavored whey protein powder (about 3 tablespoons)
1 level scoop of Macro Greens (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons flax seed oil
1 tablespoon Mother’s Toasted Wheat Germ
1 packet stevia all-natural sweetener – Sweet Leaf or other brand (optional)
3 tablespoons frozen wild blueberries
5-6 strawberries, frozen
1  banana, peeled and frozen

-Place first 5 ingredients, plus sweetener (if using) into blender; blend for about 15 seconds.
-Add frozen fruit; blend until thick and smooth.

Joe

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Blueberry Maple Syrup

Here it is!!!  I am slowly getting my kitchen back, so I was able to develop the syrup recipe.  We photographed it with buttermilk pancakes, but you can use it on a number of things.  I just poured the warm syrup over vanilla bean ice cream!!  Creamy, syrupy, blueberry-ee — so good!!  Serve it over pound cake, fresh fruit, waffles.  You can even use it as a glaze for pork!

Tips:

– Recipe can easily be doubled.

– I think the syrup is best served warm.  Just heat in microwave about 30 seconds on High.

– Ground cinnamon can be optional.  I love it so I put it in everything!  I found out it also has some health benefits —   it can help with blood sugar, clotting issues, soothing an upset stomach, and reducing arthritis pain. Who knew??

– If you don’t have pure maple syrup you can certainly use the imitation maple syrups, which are referred to as  pancake syrup

Here’s the recipe!

Makes about 1 cup syrup

1 container (6 ounces) blueberries , rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

– In small saucepan, place 1/2 cup of the blueberries, and remaining ingredients. Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves, pressing blueberries against side of pan with spoon to crush slightly,  about 4 minutes.

– Pour mixture into a fine strainer which is set over a bowl.  Using back of spoon, press berries to release all the liquid.  Discard the solids.  To the syrup, add remaining blueberries.

– Store covered in refrigerator until ready to use.

C


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