Category Archives: Lunch Ideas

Banana Cream Protein Shake

Since I’m back on my healthy eating again after spending last weekend at the brilliant Edinburgh Foodie Festival I thought it would be a good opportunity to post my favourite protein shake (well it’s really a smoothie I suppose, but never mind, I’m calling it a shake) of the moment. I’ve recently greatly increased my Muay Thai training, so have been raising my protein intake, and calories, as a result. It’s worth mentioning that this is designed to be eaten as a meal, like for breakfast, for example.

Most people when you say “protein shake” would probably gag at the thought (I’ve tried a few shakes that have been pretty tough on the old taste buds to be fair) but this one is tasty and incredibly filling. I got the idea for this recipe off one of the shakes in this great article (“48 delicious protein shake recipes”- specifically the Banana Almond cream shake) I saw on Bodybuilding.com, and changed it up to better suit myself!

I’m not a big fan of almonds, wanted to take the “cream shake” aspect to the next level, as well as adding some spice to it, so came up with this instead!  I think the cashews and coconut yoghurt take the creaminess to the next level, as well as making it extra filling.

To make this, you will need:

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**Note: Due to my protein powder, you may need less or more milk, as mine tends to act as a strong thickener.

2 x Ripe Bananas

Vanilla Extract (1stp)

80ml- Vanilla Protein Powder (I used dairy free soya protein)

150ml of Coconut milk (This will vary)

1 dessert spoon cashew butter (Homemade or bought)

1.5 heaped dessert spoons of Coconut yoghurt

Large pinch of Cinnamon

The first step is to make the cashew butter- but if you don’t fancy making your own (and saving yourself doing the resulting washing up in the process!) then shop bought cashew butter is perfect for the job too. I explain how I make your own cashew butter in my “Sweet cashew stuffed dates” here, and I would also ask that you don’t judge me on my very dark photos. My earlier posts when I first started my blog were done at night, in the dark, with no natural light… I think the difference is obvious!

Anyway, once you’ve prepared the cashew butter, it’s time to blend the bananas with the protein powder. This should make a thick mixture, as no thin liquids have been added yet.

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Next, add in the cashew butter, coconut yoghurt, cinnamon, and vanilla.

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Blend the mixture thoroughly until it’s smooth, then add in the coconut milk until you achieve a shake- like consistency.  On a side note, I made my own cashew butter for this- and if there is anything better in the food world than eating fresh cashew butter out a tub then I have yet to find it! Pour into a glass (with some ice if you fancy), top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and drink straight away! Seriously though, drink it straight away, because protein shakes don’t keep well!

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Baked & Bolognese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

If on looking at the picture of this recipe in the header, and thinking “Hey shouldn’t this be more of a winter type of post?” you would be entirely correct. However other residents of Scotland will be aware of the fact we seem to be missing something this year, and that something is Summer.  So if my recipes seem strangely un-seasonal, please be aware it’s actually still quite cold and wet where I’m from- I’m literally sitting typing this out with a mug of hot coffee, while wrapped in my thick knitted cardigan. Hopefully when the weather heats up I can post my summer ideas- if not then there’s always next summer (er… fingers crossed, right guys? Haha)! Anyway, onto this recipe.

I originally wanted to post a slightly different version of this recipe -using a different vegetable other than sweet potato (yes I’m keeping it a secret!) – as it used to be a recipe my Granny would make for us, and it was one of my favourites. However it proved extremely difficult to source the ingredients needed, so I settled for sweet potatoes instead. If you try it I hope you enjoy it, because this has actually turned into one of my favourite recipes I’ve posted. It’s also worth noting that the Bolognese part is for TWO servings, as it’s the sort of thing that is a total hassle to make 1 serving of- and anyway, who doesn’t want to have some home-made leftovers ready for your lunch the next day!

To make it you will need:

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1x Large/ Medium Sweet Potato  (The Bolognese makes two servings, so increase your sweet potatoes accordingly)

For the Bolognese:

250-270g of Lean Mince (basically whatever you would think is enough for 2 people)

½ of an Onion

2 good sized cloves of Garlic

1 can of chopped tomatoes (I used Napolina)

1 teaspoon Marmite (this is optional but I love it.. seriously just try it!)

Fresh Basil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or oil of choice)

Salt and Pepper to season

 

I know what your thinking- Marmite in a Bolognese? Yes I know. I know it isn’t traditional (It’s also worth noting that this isn’t a traditional Bolognese as a whole)-but I like it, it tastes good, and this is my blog so I’m posting it! I even eat Marmite straight out the jar like Nutella sometimes. That’s how much I love it. Right, now I’ve got that out the way, the first step is to put your oven on for the sweet potato- at roughly 180-200c depending on your oven and it’s cooking times. I put mine on at 180, and it took 45 minutes exactly. Once the oven is preheated, pop in your sweet potato and get to chopping the onion and garlic.

I realise that looking at some of my previous recipes, everyone is probably fed up of “chopping pictures” so I spared everyone from having to look at more chopped onion and garlic. Once chopped, get your frying pan, pour in your Oil of choice (I didn’t use much, just about 3 teaspoons) and on a low heat, add in the onion and garlic. The heat should be low so you don’t cremate the ingredients. After a couple of minutes, add in the mince- still on a low heat. Once it has been part cooked, add in your can of tomatoes, give it a good stir, and leave it to simmer on the lowest heat you have.

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Keep an eye on your time, making sure you don’t burn the sweet potato. It’s hard to give exact times as the size of the sweet potato makes cooking times vary quite a bit. The more you eat them the better you get at guessing the time! After the sauce has been simmering a bit, add in your Marmite and some cracked black pepper. Yes, I couldn’t resist a “Marmite action shot”.

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Leave again to simmer. When the sweet potato is almost done, get your Basil and take approx. 3 stalks, picking off the leaves. Tear up the leaves and scatter into the pan, mixing through evenly. Take out your sweet potato, cut lengthways, and stuff with the Bolognese mixture. Add some salt if you like- although the Marmite usually provides the saltiness, so it is a matter of personal taste. You can serve with whatever you like, I find that the sweet potato is filling in itself, so I had it with a nice simple side salad.

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