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#1 Tue, 11/02/2014 - 22:55

Good value, healthy meals

As part of my FebFast I've been looking for good value, tasty, healthy meals. In doing so I've definitely seen a drop in the amount of money spent on groceries! I was wondering if anyone had some favourites they'd like to share? I'll start the ball rolling with Banana icecream.

Get 4 bananas, the riper the better, peel and cut into cubes. Drop into a ziplock bag (or container) and put in the freezer for at least 4 or 5 hours... ideally overnight. When you want icecream, throw the banana straight into a mixer/blender along with a dash of milk and/or yoghurt. For those who aren't big fans of bananas, the yoghurt does make the taste milder. Blitz it until it gets creamy. Initially it will look grainy - just keep going! Can add some walnuts or pecans and maple syrup at the end if you like. Goes well with pancakes. Best eaten immediately, although you can put it back in the freezer... but after a few hours it will start to become more like a gelati.



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Wed, 12/02/2014 - 15:36

This sounds good. My son loves bananas. He enjoys banana Up and Go. I will try this home made ice cream and will let you know how it goes.



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Wed, 12/02/2014 - 20:05

Thanks ninhursag this has to be the most interesting healthy food option I have come across. For me healthy food mostly limits to steamed broccoli, grilled fish, brown rice etc. And when opting for healthy food options desserts are mostly variations of fruit yogurt. Compared to that banana ice cream surely sounds yummy.



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Wed, 12/02/2014 - 21:00

Even simpler one - when I was a kid I also used to cut the top off an orange, and then put the top back on & wrap in glad wrap and put it in the freezer. On a hot day, would slowly scoop out the orange with a metal spoon. Not the easiest thing to eat but very refreshing.....



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Thu, 13/02/2014 - 17:05

Great Idea. Definitely have to try the banana one, i am sure my young kids will love it.
Might have to give the orange one a try as well.



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Thu, 13/02/2014 - 18:41

The frozen orange is hard work to scoop out, so more for the 10yo up.... But I thought it brilliant on a hot day. The banana is generally well received, in particular by the banana fans of course. Strawberries and raspberries freeze and make good granitas, although pips can be an issue for some kids.



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Fri, 28/02/2014 - 13:07

Good idea re the ice cream. Even easier for kids is frozen banana (just peel and seal in plastic, then before serving you can dip the top in milo or chocolate powder or just leave it plain) and also frozen grapes make a nice healthy snack on a hot day.



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Sat, 01/03/2014 - 16:27

it's finally over mate .. did you have some well deserved junk food today?



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Sun, 02/03/2014 - 09:22

Cheers guys - looks great



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Sun, 02/03/2014 - 09:25

Did have some chocolate, but didn't go overboard. Combined with some light exercise I lost about three kilos in the month so think perhaps should keep this up..... ;-)



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Sun, 02/03/2014 - 09:27

lisss wrote:
Good idea re the ice cream. Even easier for kids is frozen banana (just peel and seal in plastic, then before serving you can dip the top in milo or chocolate powder or just leave it plain) and also frozen grapes make a nice healthy snack on a hot day.

Forgot about frozen grapes - thanks for reminding me! Yep - they are good.....



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Tue, 04/03/2014 - 16:46

ninhursag wrote:

lisss wrote:Good idea re the ice cream. Even easier for kids is frozen banana (just peel and seal in plastic, then before serving you can dip the top in milo or chocolate powder or just leave it plain) and also frozen grapes make a nice healthy snack on a hot day.

Forgot about frozen grapes - thanks for reminding me! Yep - they are good.....

When we were kids my mum made us healthy fruit salad pops in those plastic containers (You can also use plastic cups or Styrofoam cups and pop sticks). She would add all types of fruit and freeze it with some diluted cordial. A bit of sugar from the cordial but way healthier than eating just ice lollies and we loved them!



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Tue, 04/03/2014 - 18:01

I like the idea... might give that a whirl sometime. I think we have those trays somewhere you can use to make your own icy poles....



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Sun, 03/08/2014 - 18:16

looks great, will try it tonight!



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Mon, 04/08/2014 - 21:49

beatrice1 wrote:
looks great, will try it tonight!

Which one did you try, banana ice cream, frozen orange, strawberries and raspberries granita or the frozen grapes?

I have tried the frozen banana ice cream and it came out really nice but not such a big fan of frozen grapes.



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Mon, 04/08/2014 - 22:27

HansZim wrote:
....not such a big fan of frozen grapes.

Can't say I am either, but the kids like them in summer.... bonus is throw them in the lunchbox and they help to keep other food/drinks cool.



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Mon, 25/08/2014 - 12:09

good idea,thank you



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Thu, 28/01/2016 - 22:53

Sounds great. will try it next time.



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