Banana Tahini Smoothie

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This smoothie is one of the new breakfast options on my 6 Week Weight Loss and Wellness Program. With Spring being the kick off for smoothie season, lots of people find them easy for a healthy on the go breakfast, that will keep you full all morning.

I’m loving tahini at the moment;  it packs a punch with taste, it’s high in protein, plus its low in kj. Tahini is made from roasted, ground sesame seeds which forms a paste, you can get it in the supermarket in the health food section.  It’s a great source of the amino acid Methionine, which also helps with liver detoxification. Amino acids are like the tiny building blocks of protein; they basically help build protein. Amino acids are good for improving muscle mass and tone, weight loss and regeneration of skin and muscle. They can improve your mood, boost your immune system and even reduce stress. So, adding tahini in to your diet can with help with all of this. What better way to start the day, then with a scoop of tahini added to your smoothie.  

Unhulled tahini has a greater nutritional value, although hulled tahini is still a great option. I also love tahini as a dressing, it goes so well with greens. Mix 1 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp honey/maple and you’ve got yourself a good, healthy dressing, or a low fat dip for your veges. 

 

Smoothie ingredients:

  • 1 x large banana, frozen, preferably
  • 1/2 tbsp tahini  
  • 1 x tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 x cup almond milk or preferred milk 
  • 1 x tsp maple syrup or honey
  • handful of ice

 

Add all ingredients to a blender/thermomix/nutribullet and process until smooth enough to drink. 

Pour into glasses and top with coconut or cacao powder if you like.

*I don’t like my smoothies super sweet, so you might need to add another teaspoon maple/honey if its not quite sweet enough. The tahini can be a bit bitter to begin with if you’re not used to the flavour.

 

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