"I just made the best smoothie of all time-but I think it may not have been so healthy. Ice, vanilla soy milk, peanut butter, Hershey's syrup, banana and a shot of espresso. Mmmmm."
Sid was correct…not so healthy. In general, a good rule of thumb is: if you are adding Hershey's Syrup to it, you have strayed from "healthy" territory. This smoothie did come very close, though. Here are a few simple tweaks that will turn Sid's glorified milk shake into more than just a sweet treat.
NO: soy milk and peanut butter
YES: almond milk and almond butter
Both soy and peanuts can be mucus forming and irritating to the digestive track. Also, in their non-organic forms, they can be genetically modified and full of pesticides. I prefer to use almond milk and almond butter in my smoothies. In addition to being easier on my system, I think that they both taste ten times better (especially when you make your own almond milk using this recipe).
NO: Hershey's Syrup
YES: Choc-a-lot Vega Shake and Go Smoothie
This smoothie powder is my new favorite thing. Just mix two tablespoons of the powder to 8oz. of water and you have a vegan, gluten-free smoothie with 11 grams of protein. You don't even need a blender! It's pretty tasty with just water but, if you do have a blender and some time, it is also amazing with ingredients like frozen blueberries, bananas or mangoes. The smoothie I made this morning (recipe below) tasted like chocolate cake batter. No joke.
YES: maca powder
You know I have nothing to say about eliminating coffee (I'm gulping down a cup as I write this), but lately, as an afternoon pick me up, I've been adding a bit of raw maca powder to my smoothies. Not only does it have a delicious earthy-nutty flavor, but supposedly it nourishes the endocrine system while increasing stamina and combating fatigue. Maca powder gives me a boost of energy, without any added caffeine. A word of caution: maca can affect your hormones so, if you have any concerns, check with a health care professional before introducing it into your diet.
-♥ J :)
Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie
- 1 cup cold almond milk
- 2 heaping tablespoons Choc-a-lot Vega Shake and Go Smoothie
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/2 tablespoon raw maca powder
- Using a blender, blend ingredients together.
- Drink and enjoy!