My first post in this In, On, Move fortnightly wellness series got crazy-long, so I’m going to break them up in future. Tuesdays will be In (food), Wednesdays On (beauty & personal care), and Thusdays Move (exercise and activity). As always, take what works for you and leave the rest 🙂
In: So my inner self is a five year old who throws tantrums at the slightest hint of deprivation. What, I can’t have dairy?! ALL I WANT is dairy. I have found the best way to deal with this is to keep experimenting with non-dairy imitations of delicious dairy foods, and then once the five year old is distracted digesting her treats, I sneak in lots of vegetables, fruit, and meat. Hence, the peanut butter chocolate milkshake (that contains no peanuts, chocolate, or milk).
Lots of non-dairy healthy smoothie recipes containing avocado and spinach pretend they taste like a regular milkshake. They are frequently delicious, but they are also dirty liars because they do not taste like milkshakes. To me, at least, this one actually does. It is my adaptation of this recipe from Detoxinista.
– 7 icecubes
– 2 frozen bananas (peel the bananas before you freeze them, otherwise it is a giant pain in the ass to get the peels off).
– 1 to 1 + 1/2 cups of milk. I use almond, but go with your favourite. I use 1 cup if I’m making just for myself, and it comes out thickshake consistency, or 1 + 1/2 if I’m making a serve for me and one for my partner, and it is more regular milkshake thickness.
– 1 tbsp sweetener. I use maple syrup or agave, you could also use coconut sugar, stevia or honey depending on preferences.
– 2 tbsp of nut butter. I use almond when I want a more peanut buttery taste, while cashew gives a creamy texture without affecting the taste too much. If you can have peanuts, try peanut butter. If you can’t eat nuts, I’d try a tbsp or two of coconut oil for a good fat boost and some creaminess.
– 1 tbsp maca powder (optional) + 1 tbsp of cacao powder. I get this in a blend and use both, but if you’re so inclined just use cacao. Try and get cacao rather than cocoa if you can, as cocoa has had most of the nutrients processed out of it. Maca is good for hormone balance but don’t take it if you’re pregnant.
– 1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional). I love this stuff; it can be a bit hard to find, but it has a nutty caramel flavour that’s great with chocolate.
– Pinch of salt (optional, but it helps complement the chocolate flavour of the cacao).
– 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of vanilla essence. I use a tbsp because I love it.
– 1 serve of protein powder (optional). I just started trying a carob-based vegan protein powder, since most contain dairy products, grains, or legumes.
Crush ice. Slice banana. Blend ingredients. That’s it!
I have had this for breakfast every day for a week and I’m still not sick of it, plus it’s a solid energy and nutrient hit. Let me know if you try it!