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A "Father And Son" Chat About Life, Nutrition And A Journey Through Cancer #WhatGetsYouOutOfBed

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Homemade Dairy-Free Banana & Raspberry Ice Cream: The Perfect Recipe for Summer!

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I wish I had been told about banana ice cream way earlier! Isn’t it fantastic when you’re able to make something out of just a couple of ingredients only?! And without having to add anything else!? I remember when I studied hospitality & catering in France, we learnt how to make ice cream as part of our patisserie practical classes. First of all, The process seemed tedious rather than fun. And it also required way too many ingredients, a huge ice cream machine, a special freezer and a great deal of refined sugar!

Nowadays with gluten and dairy intolerance, diabetes on the rise in the UK, and the proven dangers of processed foods, we’ve come to realise that we can easily make something simple and tasty at home. Similar to the 2 ingredient pancakes recipe, which, by the way, we love making for breakfast or dessert way too much, this two ingredient recipe won’t disappoint and is great to share with your loved ones.

This month we prepare for those summer nights fast approaching! This easy two ingredient ice cream recipe made with one of our favourites fruits, banana. Organic and locally sourced, provided by from Abel & Cole. We add a few raspberries to give it an extra pinch. But either/or, it’s great and like our apple compote recipe made of one ingredient, this can be eaten by itself or served with a dessert of your choice!

Here is the easiest way to make homemade ice-cream with 1 ingredient as a base and add a couple more if you’re feeling creative!

Homemade Banana & Raspberry Ice Cream (Dairy and Refined-Sugar Free)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fruit based, this homemade ice-cream is great by itself or to eat with a dessert.

What you'll need:

  • 2 ripe bananas.
  • 6 raspberries.
  • A blender/food processor.

What to do:

  • First, break a couple of bananas into bite-sized pieces and place in the freezer in a container, preferably at least a couple of hours before you need the ice cream.
  • Then, take them out of the freezer 2 hours later (at least) or once frozen.
  • Place the banana slices in the blender/food processor and blitz.
  • Keep blitzing until the bananas have the consistency of soft serve. You may need to scrape the sides down periodically.
  • Also, if adding raspberries, add them in towards the end of the blitzing phase.

Notes:

  • Switch the raspberries for 1/2tsp of cinnamon for a different taste
  • Most importantly, be creative with your additional ingredients. Have fun experimenting!

Enjoy!

As always, we love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment, ideas and share the love as there is plenty here!

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Why Swimming Got Me Back To The Gym And Exercising Again!

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The days are long gone when the gym was my enemy. Thinking that you have to look fit to go to the gym is passed me. Yet I used to think that I had nothing to do in there for that simple reason. Too skinny, lack of fitness knowledge, inexperienced, uncoordinated, all these reasons really put me off going to the gym and potentially exercising. And aren’t you a bit reluctant to go to the change rooms? Do you find them impractical and not making you feel great about yourself? All that led me to exercise less, on and off and miss out on great and long term health benefits.

Once you realise why you need the gym and fitness in your life and what exercising brings to your health in general, you start thinking of ways you could make it work for you. Although I would love to be bigger with wide shoulders and great muscly legs, I probably won’t get to that. However, by exercising I get to feel much better physically and mentally. And I can still see great results in my overall body and mental health.

Finding your fitness go-to

Summer 2016 really helped me get back to exercising, starting with morning runs. However, I knew I had to exercise more. Both my parents had been professional swimmers when they were in their early twenties. Raised in the south of France, we would spend most of our summer days in the water at the beach. In winter, my mum would take us swimming in the evening, where we would try all the possible swimming styles.
When visiting my dad during school holidays, we would go swimming at least 3 times a week and he would always make a point of correcting our swimming techniques, whether we were swimming breaststroke or freestyle or giving butterfly a go.

What’s your style

In my early years I first got to love breaststroke as it looked easy and didn’t require to have my head under the water. Wanting to learn something else and push the boundaries a bit, my dad taught me the insides and tricks of freestyle. Freestyle does require some knowledge on how your legs should kick, how your hands and arms must go in the water and how you should breathe, which to me is the most important part of this exercise.

Don’t make excuses

So here I am, 33 years old, back in cold London and trying to keep active and healthy. The dilemma for me is that I have to wear contact lenses in order to swim properly, which distracted me from going for a while. As Daen is a PT and Nutritionist at Nuffield Health in Shoreditch, I saw a great opportunity to give that pool a try. There are many great gyms and health centres in London where you can go for a great swim. From Nuffield Health centres to Outdoor London Fields Lido or Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, offering you four different pools in south London, you really are spoilt for choice in London.

My swimming routine

Firstly I tryied to remember what I had been taught as a youngster. I love breaststroke, as it’s a great warm up! I tend to do about 4 laps of breaststroke before I move on to freestyle. Once I start freestyling, I try and swim as many laps of the 25 metre pool as I can. Backstroke is a great alternative, when I start slowing down or need to mix it up a bit. It works well for your back. It’s also a great option if you’re out of breath but don’t want to stop. After swimming frequently, you can really start seeing your endurance build, your muscle strength increase, and your cardiovascular fitness improve.

Swimming will impact on your fitness

The best thing about swimming is that I got to use the actual gym facilities and exercise again. Between fitness programs, circuits and trying other things like squats I feel like swimming reconnected me with exercising, yet gives me that healthy and full alternative workout! A swimming workout will help you clear your head and prepare for the day.

 

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