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 founder and editor of Oh My Goodness. A certified holistic health coach, National Breast Cancer Foundation speaker and Bupa health influencer award finalist, Zara is passionate about making it as easy and fun for people to lead a healthy lifestyle. She's appeared on The Project and Today Show; her recipes have been featured on I Quit Sugar, Sport Luxe, and Show and Tell Online; and she's a regular contributor to Medibank's Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online.

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