Strawberry Banana “Surprise” Shake

August 16th, 2018 | no comments

What’s the surprise? Frozen cauliflower!

Wait! Wait! Don’t leave until you hear me out. Frozen cauliflower is precooked and when blended into a smoothie, is seriously undetectable. You just can’t add too much or it will give the smoothie an off flavor. I’ve found a half cup to be the perfect amount. 

But wait…there’s another surprise! I’m always looking for ways to add more veggies into my meals and shakes are the easiest way to accomplish that. So why not go there? Well, I did. The second surprise is raw carrots. Can you say vitamin A, fiber, and a hint of sweetness? 

I’ve said it before, my shake recipes are NOT sweet, and that is by design. This shake is no different. Listen, they aren’t supposed to taste like a chocolate milkshake. Sweetness is a trained preference, one that can be changed. The goal is to recalibrate your taste buds so that you begin to pick up the natural sweetness of the small amount of fruit in the shakes, without having to add sweetener or extra fruit. 

If you must have a sweeter-tasting shake or you’ll die, try adding one of the following:

  • a natural flavor enhancer, like a few dashes of ground cinnamon; a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange; a few sprigs of fresh mint; or a teaspoon of organic, pure vanilla, or peppermint extract
  • ¼–½ cup more fruit
  • up to 1 tsp. of raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut nectar, or a pitted date
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Strawberry Banana "Surprise" Shake
Frozen cauliflower is precooked and when blended into a smoothie, is seriously undetectable. You just can't add too much or it will give the smoothie an off flavor. I've found a half cup to be the perfect amount. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 minutes (or less!)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 small avocado peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1/2 medium banana frozen is best!
  • 1/2 cup strawberries frozen is best!
  • 1/2 tbsp. nut or seed butter the only ingredient should be the nut or seed (salt is OK)
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 minutes (or less!)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 small avocado peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1/2 medium banana frozen is best!
  • 1/2 cup strawberries frozen is best!
  • 1/2 tbsp. nut or seed butter the only ingredient should be the nut or seed (salt is OK)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (such as Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja) in the order listed and blend until smooth.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Sodium: 60 mg; Potassium: 1170 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 45 g; Dietary fiber: 16 g; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 18 g (no added sugar); Protein: 7 g

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Mel’s Feel-Good Shake

November 25th, 2017 | no comments

Shakes are one of the easiest ways to get a ton of nutrition (and I mean a TON) in the least amount of time. I’m in love with them because they give me the opportunity to incorporate powerful foods that I wouldn’t be otherwise eating on a daily basis (like fresh ginger and turmeric root).

I’ve experimented with many shake concoctions over the years, and one thing that remains consistent is I’ve always included three nutrient “blocks” in each recipe:

  1. Fiber-rich “Earthfoods”: berries, kale, spinach, red cabbage, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger.
  2. Earthfood-based fat: avocado, fresh ground almond butter, fresh ground peanut butter, walnuts, MCT oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds.
  3. Healthy protein: unsweetened plant-based protein powder, Bone Broth Protein Powder, or Bone Broth Collagen Powder.

This combination of fiber, fat, and protein offers the perfect blend of nutrients to:

  • Satisfy my hunger
  • Keep my blood sugar stable
  • Keep my brain sharp and focused
  • Fill me with tons of energy!

This Feel-Good Shake is one of my favorite go to recipes. It satisfies me to the core and, as the name suggests, really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries to sweeten my smoothie, which means it isn’t very sweet at all! This is by design.

But I didn’t start out this way.

I used to add more fruit and a stevia-based protein powder to my shakes, which gave it an ultra-sweet taste. The problem was, I found myself getting hungry about an hour after I drank it. At first I thought I was losing my mind! How could I possibly be hungry? But then I learned that sweetness, whether from sugar, stevia, or artificial sweeteners, enhances the appetite and motivation to eat. Also, because they are hundreds of times sweeter than regular white table sugar, these zero-calorie sweeteners encourage sugar cravings and sugar dependence. Because of this, I very gradually traded my stevia-based protein powder for unsweetened Bone Broth Protein Powder and Bone Broth Collagen Powder, and also decreased the amount of fruit.

It took quite some time before my taste buds adapted to prefer less sweet and quite honestly, I never thought I would see the day! Now when I accidentally eat or drink something with stevia, it tastes unpleasantly sweet. My taste buds have actually reset themselves! 

If my Feel-Good Shake isn’t sweet enough for you, feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date.

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Mel's Feel-Good Shake
This is one of my favorite go to shake recipes. It satisfies me to the core and really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries, which means it isn't very sweet at all. Feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date if you prefer a little more sweetness. I hope you enjoy the energizing benefits of this shake as much as I do! PS: One serving of this smoothie contains 17 grams of fiber! Not bad considering the minimum daily recommendation for dietary fiber is 25 grams. 🙂
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until smooth- about 30 seconds.
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