…this morning’s Healthyish newsletter came in with the caption, “because you can’t just eat cookies for the next month.”
Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
A smoothie doesn’t seem like the most obvious recipe choice for the holiday season but to me, it seemed like the perfect solution for tastebuds now primed to treats, but a body craving real sustenance.
Cocoa, when not combined with five pounds of sugar, is actually a very beneficial food. Filled with anti-inflammatory polyphenols, it even helps increase the microcirculation in your skin to give you a bit of that holiday glow.
However, form counts. Dutch-processed cocoa will have fewer polyphenols than natural cocoa or raw cacao powder. Choose whichever is affordable to you…or currently in your cupboards.
This smoothie also contains cinnamon, which helps balance blood sugars and hemp seeds for anti-inflammatory fats and a bit of protein. All in all, this smoothie will have about 15 grams of protein if you use soy milk. You can easily bump that up with another tablespoon of hemp seeds or your favourite protein powder.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup of your favourite plant-based milk (choose unsweetened soy or oat milk for extra creaminess)
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 shot of espresso
- 1/2 tablespoon ashwagandha
- a few ice cubes
- Get ready for some serious effort: blend...and enjoy!