Summer Fruits, Healthy Chocolate, Coconut Smoothie

by Vashte on December 3, 2013

sugarfree, glutenfree, celiac, protein, dairyfree, weightloss, fatloss, DELICIOUS, vegan.

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I’ve been playing with smoothies again. Are you like me and go through ‘seasons’ with foods? This really is no surprise as we are ‘seasonal’ creatures- us humans. Protein smoothies used to be the domain of the bodybuilders and gym junkies but thankfully the rest of us have been educated and encouraged to enjoy these too now. Protein smoothies are not exclusively protein powder smoothies either- not anymore, thank the Lord as well. Protein is sourced very healthfully from raw nuts, and are great in smoothies as opposed to the powders. Think ‘wholefoods’ when you make smoothies.

Wholefoods, by my definition, are natural foods, unchanged by human beings. Therefore this smoothie I made today is not a wholefood as I chose to use protein powder in this recipe. Protein powder is manufactured by man therefore, not ‘naturally’ produced- artificial ingredient free- or not. I am doing a lot of research on the fallacy of the ‘goodness’ of protein powders lately. Especially interesting is the de-naturing process of virtually every WHEY PROTEIN on the market rendering it toxic therefore pointless- to human beings. Whey Protein Isolate especially- perhaps you might like to start researching this too. Start with Dr Mercola– he is great for wisdom that goes against the common misconceptions of mass society. He is very well researched and pretty unbiased from what I can see. I subscribe to his updates- I recommend you do too if you are interested in learning more in health.

I do not use Whey Protein. Not any more. Not after researching and learning more about the product. This says a lot as I used to endorse, market and sell my partner’s “100% natural Whey Protein”. I have since learnt it is not as great for us as we read. This too is all marketing hype designed by the same companies who sell the product, fixing to sell you the stuff. Life can sometimes- so often when we don’t open our eyes – be such a hoax.  Pretty much all New Zealand Whey protein comes from the same company by the way- Fonterra is the name of this mass giant. Perhaps you might like to research their protein and come to your own decisions as to whether you choose to put that stuff in your body.

I use Pea Protein when I do choose to add protein to a smoothie. This is a rare event these days- adding protein to my smoothies. I’m just not into ‘foods’ created by ‘man’. It is never as good as the real thing- wholefood. Pea protein comes from the humble pea. It doesn’t taste like peas, but does have a much thicker consistency than whey. You wont get the smooth, creamy texture you do with whey, but you do maintain a slightly alkaline environment with this food, as well as receive virtually the same protein and carb content as WPI. It doesn’t matter where  I get my pea protein from from either- there are not a whole lot of manufacturers of pea protein so again, most of it comes from the same company. I use Vital Greens Pea Protein if you want to know which brand I like.  Just watch the added ingredients to any of your proteins- as per usual-and make sure you don’t choose a brand that includes fillers, or any artificial ingredients.

Summer is always a great time for smoothies. We are hotter and tend to like a cool refreshing drink. Hence my latest blogs all on cool, refreshing beverages. With Christmas around the corner and the silly season well under way, I thought I would share some ideas I use to keep my drinks healthy, tasty and fun. I don’t like to drink a lot of alcohol and it can get a bit boring drinking water all day/night when my party peps around me have fun looking exciting cocktails. So order a smoothie or mocktail to make things at least look a little more interesting. Who knows- you may even encourage them to ditch their drinks and choose yours because they look so good- that’s because they are!

Choosing a smoothie as a desert is a great way to keep your sugar cravings at bay and still be involved with desert time. They are pretty filling and my smoothies don’t include any dairy, added sugar, or any lower class ingredients so they have a tendency to look after your blood sugar levels, and satisfy even the most ferocious sugar craving. Try them out!! Click here for more ideas!

Strawberry, Chocolate and Coconut Smoothie

 

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  • 200 mls almond milk
  • ice
  • filtered water
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon organic cacao
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 30 gm pea protein
  • 1 tablespoon l-glutamine (helps stop sugar cravings, can preserve muscle and preserve lining of the stomach)
  • Stevia for sweetness. -A natural sweetener but first taste to determine whether you actually need any. If you do- add a small amount and keep adding small amounts until you reach your desired taste. Best if you don’t need stevia.

Blend. As Pea Protein is thicker- you may like more water. Again, add small amounts to your blender so that you do not end up with a smoothie too viscous. Remember- you can always add ingredients, you cannot take them out. So just add small amounts of anything extra.

Enjoy

xx Vashte xx

 

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