Banana Tahini Smoothie

Styling; Carlie Monasso. Photography: Samara Clifford

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Banana and tahini not only make a dream like flavour combination (just like strawberries and cream!), but both are full of beneficial nutrients, making this smoothie a great way to kick start your day.

Known as nature’s superfood, bananas lower blood pressure and prevent against type 2 diabetes, strokes and heart attacks.  They also contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the happy mood neurotransmitter – what’s not to like about that, hey?

Tahini has more protein than most nuts, is very high in minerals and calcium, is easy for the body to digest, as well as being high in unsaturated fats (the good fats), and vitamins B and E.  What’s more, tahini and the cinnamon helps slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream.

Tip: Un-hulled tahini has the highest vitamin and mineral content, because it’s made from whole sesame seed, while hulled tahini, though easier on the palette, isn’t as nutrient rich as the un-hulled version.

You will need:
1 banana
2 cups almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon tahini

What to do:
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender
2. Blitz until smooth
3. Serve, sip and be taken to a state of bliss!

Note: Warm drinks are better for our digestive systems, particularly in the cooler weather – this is a great smoothie to serve up warm – simply heat the almond milk before you place it into the blender.

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Styling: Carlie Monasso  Photography: Samara Clifford

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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