Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie 2.0

I’m pretty sure I’ve created some version of this concoction before, but this is my new absolute favourite upgraded version so here it is!  I made this smoothie after an intense workout, which is why I used dates.  Alternatively you can use stevia to taste.

I started using collagen powder after sustaining a knee injury.  It is a phenomenal protein powder, providing support for collagen loss and cartilage damage to the body.  There are so many benefits that I use it every single day!  It adds protein to smoothies without altering the taste.

Between the collagen and the peanut better powder, there is a lot of protein in this bad boy!

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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie 2.0

Serves 2.

  • 1 banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 medjool dates (or stevia to taste)
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter powder or peanut butter (PB2/peanut butter slim)
  • 2 tbsp Great Lakes Collagen powder (omit if you don’t have some…and then go buy some)
  • 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (dutch process – the dark kind)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp milled flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate

When I started this journey into healthy eating it became apparent straight away that I was addicted to sugar.  While my eating habits have changed completely over the past 10 years, the sugar monster remains at some level.  My sugar of choice has always been chocolate, and although I eat the healthiest form of it, I am still guilty of eating too much of it sometimes.

Taming the monster.

The best defense is a good offense, so traditional candy doesn’t make it into the house.  But I do have a healthy stock of organic, fair trade, 70% or more cocoa chocolate bars, chocolate chips, and chocolate chunks.  Under normal conditions, I don’t reach for them.  But as soon as you add the stress of parenting 3 young boys, I can eat an entire 100g chocolate bar in just a few minutes!

Wanting to dive into the chocolate this morning in a fit of stress, I decided that I would only have a little piece.  And this time, I knew that’s all I would have.  Usually a little bit turns into a lot of little bits, but this time was different because I had a plan.

This hot chocolate is the best defense I’ve had in awhile.  I didn’t add any sweetener at all – just whatever is in the 70% chocolate itself, but you may add a little stevia, erythritol, or honey if you wish.  Though, I challenge you to drink it as written – without any added sweetener.  I liked it immediately and didn’t need any sugar, but of course, I am motivated to limit my sugar intake in the name of health.  This just may be the sword that slays my inner sugar monster for good.

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Guilt Free Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 0.5 oz 70% cocoa chocolate (amount pictured above)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat and whisk until both combined and desired temperature is reached.

 

 

Low Carb Chocolate Shake

I joined Yuri’s beta testing group for the new book that he’s writing, and it all kicked off yesterday.  Since then I’ve been trying to come up with new recipes for old favourites, bringing the carbohydrate levels way down for those low carb days.  Since the diet doesn’t include my daily stress management tool – chocolate – I’ve been looking for alternatives.

So today being a low carb day, I changed up my favourite chocolate shake to stifle a craving.  Not only is it low in carbs but it is very high in protein due to the peanut butter, spinach, and protein powder. My taste testers agreed that it was a fantastic alternative, both returning for seconds.

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Low Carb Chocolate Shake

  • 1 cup coconut milk (canned, full fat)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach
  • 3 tbsp protein powder
  • 3 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 20 drops stevia (Now’s French Vanilla flavour is my favourite!)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.

Serves 2 (each serving has approximately 4g of sugar)

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Luca got chocolate on his face, shirt, the floor, and couch pillows!  Just a normal day with 3 boys!

Healing Turmeric Latte

The turmeric latte is a game changer.  I had been wanting to banish soy milk from my diet for a long time, and it was made possible the instant I tasted this drink!

Not only is it delicious, but turmeric is an anti-inflammatory gem.  It may reduce tumors and decrease the severity of Alzheimer’s disease, stimulates digestion, may lower LDL cholesterol, and fight colds and flu among other things.

 

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Healing Turmeric Latte

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or coconut milk, or coconut/almond milk…you get the idea)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp honey (if your milk is already sweetened you may want to start with less honey)

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and heat until desired temperature is reached.  Whisk occasionally to ensure it is mixed well.  Enjoy.

The reason black pepper is added to recipes with turmeric is because pepper contains piperine, thought to increase the effects of curcumin in turmeric by 1,000 times.  This maximizes the health benefits of the latte and you can’t even taste the pepper!