Banana, Coconut & Date Smoothie

Are you worried about not getting enough calcium in your diet? Then start your morning off with one of these delicious smoothies! A combination of yoghurt, milk and coconut milk gives this recipe a triple wammy of calcium. The cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduces ‘bad’ fats. Other health benefits from this smoothie include omega 3 from flax seeds, potassium from the bananas and natural sweetness from the honey and dates.

Drink this as a traditional smoothie, or do as I did this morning and pour it into a bowl and serve it with toasted muesli on top. Probably the yummiest smoothie I’ve ever had!

Serves 1..

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup organic milk
  • ½ cup organic coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp organic full fat natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 dried pitted dates
  • 1 tsp organic honey

Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend!

Enjoy :)

xx Sofie


Lentil as anything..

Welcome to my new blog: cupofhealth! I hope to inspire you with a wide range of recipes, including personal favourites and classics which are tweaked to a healthy version. For my first post I would like to inspire you with a personal favourite from my travels in India. Dal is a staple dish in all regions of india, and is delicious served with naan, roti or rice. Lentils have a number of health benefits: contains high levels of fibre which lowers cholesterol and keeps your bowels regular; great source of folate and magnesium for optimum heart health; and also has high levels of protein. So really you can’t go wrong with these tiny legumes! This recipe uses green lentils, which take about 45 minutes to soften. You can also use red lentils, which just means you have to change the recipe from 45 minutes of ‘simmer’ time, to 25 minutes.

Serves 4…

  • 1 cup of dried lentils
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes (use fresh if you dare)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Before starting, quickly rinse the lentils and chop the onion. In a saucepan, fry the onion, pressed garlic and chilli flakes until browned. Add vegetable stock and lentils into the pan, followed by turmeric and cumin. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve with naan, roti or rice.