#PLUSVitality: Popsicle Banana Nut Bombs

Sup guys,

This Valentines/President’s Day weekend arrived with the return of the super beautiful San Diego weather that the city is famous for, complete with ultra sunny skies and warm summer-like heat. I also remembered that my household contained a Magic Bullet, so I decided to take a shot (Get it? Taking a SHOT with the magic BULLET?) at using it for the first time and man, those infomercials on TV do not lie. The Magic Bullet is among one of the coolest kitchen appliances I have used.

…But I should move on before this post becomes an advertisement scheme for the appliance. Naturally on any hot day, I’d crave a nice crisp and refreshing soda or a few scoops of creamy and smooth ice cream, but I decided to play it a little healthy and fuse together some fresh ingredients that I had laying around my house…and so I resorted to making what I’d like to call Popsicle Banana Nut Bombs.

This cold treat takes advantage of the natural sugars and nutrients in fruits and milk to give you a healthy serving of essential nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C as well as a healthy side of protein. This makes for a very nutritious snack for any diet and workout regiment.

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INGREDIENTS (For 3 Popsicle Bombs)

-1 whole banana (yellow, ripened)
-2 tbsp soy milk
-1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
-18 blueberries (6 per Popsicle Bomb)
-Crushed almonds (desired amount)
Optional: 1 scoop of desired protein powder

Useful tools
-3 oz Dixie disposable cups
-Blender
-Toothpicks or popsicle sticks

PROCEDURE

1) Cut/tear the banana into cubes and throw it in the blender
2) Add the soymilk and ground cinnamon into the blender
3) Blend until the banana, soymilk, protein powder, and ground cinnamon have all been blended together into a smooth consistency
4) Add half the blueberries in the Dixie cups, then pour the banana mixture into the cups until filled halfway. Add the other half of the blueberries, and top it off with more of the the blended banana mixture
5) Cover the top of the cup with crushed almonds and lightly tap down on it to allow the nuts to stick to the top of the banana mix
6) Stick a toothpick or popsicle stick in the middle of the cup, and allow to freeze in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours or until frozen. Take it out when ready to serve
7) Before serving, tear out the paper cup around the popsicle. If you are using a plastic cup, rub some cold water on the outside of the cup to help detach the popsicle from inside

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OBSERVATIONS
Approx Time: 5 minutes prep
4+ hours to chill
Difficulty: 1/10

-Blueberries are considered as superfruits which are jampacked with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants- very good for maintaining healthy brain activity, body vitality, and skin health. Blueberries in this recipe can be easily swapped out with a wealth of other berries, such as raspberries or strawberries!
Recipes involving bananas are a great source of potassium and natural sugars that really add a kick to a pre or post workout meal. The high natural sugar levels helps give you an energy boost which will revitalize your system after a workout or give you the fighting edge before starting a workout.
-Bananas are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which your body uses to convert to the neurotransmitter serotonin; which your brain uses avidly to keep you happy. It’s a good way to maintain a good mood!

Enjoy!

REFERENCES/INTERESTING READS

25 Powerful Reasons to Eat Bananas: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

Blueberry Health Benefits: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8

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