hey guys. sorry it's been a couple weeks since checking in here. life has been busy with my little 27-inch baby who just turned 6 months old, and has two. tiny. teeth!!! amesy/all of us went through a little rough patch back a couple weeks ago. he began waking up for the day around 3:30am, was wasn't taking his regular naps, and was just generally unhappy. poor bb. during one of his sweet crying fits i noticed a teeny tiny tooth bud! so, extreme sleep deprivation aside, we were happy to know what the cause of his discomfort was, and that hopefully it would pass quickly for him. i'm happy to report, that he's in much better spirits the past few days and we're all getting steady sleep. so here's hoping i can be a bit more present in this space.
on another note, let's talk smoothies. some people call it a trend, but replacing fruit in your smoothies with veggies is definitely worth the hype in my book. while on my cleanse a few weeks ago, i had to give up bananas as they maintain that they're high in sugar and starch. but pre-cleanse i would add a banana into my daily smoothie. and while i never felt terrible from them, i did notice during the cleanse process that my banana-less smoothies didn't give me that heavy, glut feeling which was super enlightening. i first experimented with replacing the bananas with concoctions of cauliflower, avocado, sometimes zucchini, sweet potatoes, and small portions of berries.
about a half week into cleansing i desperately needed something chocolatey. i experimented for a day or two and came up with this version of a (almost fruitless) chocolate smoothie. it completely sated that chocolate craving, while also being super nourishing, and i was completely hooked on it. i generally make this in the morning, as the carbs in the sweet potato and dates provide a great baseline to get your day started with the energy that your body demands. dates actually have more potassium than bananas and are known to be easier to digest. getting extra veggies in is something i am always striving for especially when you have zero time to prepare food. it's rounded out with some creamy, healthy fats making it the perfect velvety smoothie. this is a pretty loaded smoothie and therefore i would say it's definitely a meal. it has way too many calories and carbs to be a snack-y smoothie ;)
mostly veggie chocolate smoothie | v
i love this smoothie as is, but for more of a chocolate chocolate chip vibe, add up to 1/2 tablespoon of cacao nibs during the last 10 seconds of blending. for better digestion, i suggest steaming your cauliflower and sweet potato, then freezing it. but i have also just blended them up frozen (not steamed) as well. generally add 1/8 of an avocado to my smoothies for a creamy quality, but for an even creamier vibe you can add 1/4 of one. lastly, feel free to add whatever herbs or oils you choose. personally, i'm an ashwaghanda, reishi, mct oil kind of girl, but add what makes you feel good :)
| makes 1 serving |
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/2 heaping cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 heaping cup frozen sweet potato
- 1/8-1/4 avocado
- 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- handful baby spinach
- 3 soft pitted dates
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- add all the ingredients to a high speed blender (preferably a vitamix) and blend starting on low and working your way up to high, using tamper as needed.
- pour into a large glass or bowl and top with extra cacao powder and shredded coconut.