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Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

How super cute is this Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie in a mason jar?  

OK I admit, I’ve kind of been on a mason jar kick ever since I started canning two years ago.  Everything is better in mason jars!  I’ve been using mason jars for all kinds of things from tea to herbs to hair clips.  I actually received this one at a fund raiser.  They handed them out as labeled drinking glasses, such a good idea right?  

For my absolute fave smoothie, I wanted a special presentation but I confess <<looks sheepish>>, I just don’t get the smoothie bowl thing, they just look like pretty bowls of cold soup.  But a 500ml mason jar worked beautifully, and the best part about using a mason jar is that you can save some for later or take it to go! No matter how you have it, one thing is for certain: my Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie is a real treat!     

For years I religiously started my mornings off with a smoothie, but during the winter season my body started craving a warm breakfast.  This smoothie became my go-to recovery snack, or sometimes I’ll make it for a light lunch or healthy dessert.  This smoothie is super nutritious but you’d never know it because it tastes oh-so-creamy and chocolate-y.  

Did I mention how lusciously rich this smoothie is?  I did?  Ohh…

Using a frozen banana really gives it that milkshake texture. I highly recommend freezing all your bananas right now!  But the best part is that the only sweetener is organic honey, and even though it contains sugar, honey also contains powerful antioxidants.  

Gotta love those blessed antioxidants!

The key ingredient to this smoothie is the raw cocoa powder. Be sure you buy the raw, plain powder as cocoa mixes often contain sugar.  Also, BONUS >> cocoa powder also contains antioxidants.  When consumed with high levels of fiber, raw cocoa powder actually helps improve digestion.  Good thing this smoothie has a big chunk of fibrous avocado!

But enough with those boring health facts (I love health facts!).

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

I was inspired to combine avocado and cocoa after trying the Goop Chocolate Love Smoothie. The cocoa blended with the avocado creates a rich, chocolate creaminess, plus I love avocados in general.  Bring on those healthy fats!  I also added cocoa nibs because I like a bit of crunchiness, it reminds me of a chocolate chip shake (but be sure to check your teeth after, they will give you a wicked smile). Finally as if we didn’t have enough antioxidants already, I added a handful of greens.  I like being sneaky with salad!  Spinach is the easiest to blend unless you have a Vitamix. If you have one, I’m quite envious of you and your ability to pulverize kale.

The L-Glutemine powder is an optional addition – I add it to help repair and maintain muscle.  I’m currently training for my 6th marathon so I need all the recovery foods I can get!  But let me tell you – nothing is more rewarding after a long run than this velvety, packed-full-of-chocolate super green smoothie.  

…except maybe a bagel with peanut butter and banana.

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

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Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie

Calories per serving: 360

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe frozen banana, peeled*
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cold, filtered water
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ cup fresh greens like spinach or kale, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened raw cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 teaspoon organic or raw honey
  • 1 scoop L Glutemine
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add a bit more water as per thickness preference.

Notes

*frozen bananas work best in a smoothie, they give them a milkshake-like texture. Simply run the frozen banana under warm water and the peel will slide off

http://iseehungrypeople.net/2017/01/30/healthy-chocolate-green-smoothie/

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

What are your fave smoothie ingredients?  Are any of you training for a spring marathon?  Let me know what you think of my Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Time to re-stabilize!  I started my week off with this super healthy Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt as an apology to my poor belly for the last week of abuse.

I took a break from the dreary January weather and escaped to the Dominican Republic with my parents for a week of sunshine and ocean breeze.  Hard to believe, but I think the last time I went on a vacation with my parents I was seventeen!  Growing up, my mom would find last minute deals to the Caribbean, so we managed to escape the frigid Canadian winters almost every year. One Christmas morning I woke up to discover we were jumping on a plane to Mexico, a pretty great gift!  

We stayed at the Bahia Principe Ambar Green, part of the giant Bahia complex in Punta Cana.  A picture perfect beach, delicious food and lots of mojitos made for a relaxing, non-thinking vacation.  Now I’m back in the real world, where there are no more breakfast buffets, nacho bars or four course meals every night.  

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt Punta Cana

Punta Cana

This quick and easy yogurt makes for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert.  My lactose intolerant boyfriend bought a big tub of coconut yogurt, so I decided to go dairy free and took a big scoop.  I might have gone overboard with cheese last week sooo I was due for some dairy relief!  The yogurt is sweetened with some homemade apple butter and I diced up an apple for some crunch.  I also added raisins for some bonus fiber and sweetness.  Now I know a lot of people object to raisins, but they’re totally optional and you could substitute for any other dried fruit like dates or apricots. 

I topped off this mega yogurt with a dash of cinnamon to spice things up and also added unsweetened shredded coconut to help bring out the coconut flavour.  Visions of palm trees and coconuts are still dancing in my head!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

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Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 374

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavoured coconut yogurt*
  • 1/2 medium apple, diced**
  • 3 tablespoons sultana raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + a dash for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, saving a few pieces of diced apples and raisins for garnish. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

Notes

*We like the Yoso brand **I prefer Gala apples

http://iseehungrypeople.net/2017/01/16/apple-cinnamon-coconut-yogurt/

Awesomely chunky with bits of crunch, bursts of sweetness and that classic apple cinnamon flavour combination, this yogurt is a fun, low calorie way to stay on track in the New Year. Totally addictive, I swear I could eat a tub of this stuff!  Thankfully this Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt recipe is pretty filling and kept me going until lunchtime!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

What are your fave ingredients to add to yogurt?  Let me know if you liked this Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt flavour combination! 

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Featuring Cocozia Coconut Water

When I was growing up, on Mother’s Day I would treat my mom to some homemade pancakes in bed. The sweet, fluffy stack of pancakes drenched in maple syrup was the perfect special breakfast.  These days, my family is trying to eat healthier, and my mom especially needs to watch her sugar intake, so I had to come up with a new Mother’s Day breakfast, but still keep the pancake tradition alive.

My vegan gluten free coconut power pancakes are a delicious and healthy way to say thanks to your mom this Mother’s Day! Full of sweet coconut flavour, these pancakes are also high in protein to give you a good boost of energy for your Mother’s Day activities.  This post was sponsored by Cocozia Coconut Water, which I used instead of regular water in this recipe.  Smooth, light and 100% organic, Cocozia Coconut Water added a subtle flavour to the pancakes and was a refreshing drink to wash them down, a great way to rehydrate in the morning!

The key to cooking gluten free pancakes is to work over very low heat. Otherwise they will burn and leave the insides mushy. These pancakes do take a bit longer to make than regular pancakes, but the effort is well worth it!  They taste even better the next day and will fill your house with the tropical scent of coconut.  Your mother will appreciate another day off from breakfast duties, that is if you can resist the urge to eat them all in one sitting!

 

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

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Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 10 pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cocozia coconut water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, smashed into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut + some for topping
  • 2 tablespoon protein powder (I use President’s Choice Vegetarian Protein Powder)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon xantham gum
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • coconut oil for frying
  • coconut butter * does contain traces of dairy
  • real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl – both flours, the shredded coconut, protein powder, baking powder salt and xantham gum. Add the smashed banana, honey and vanilla extract and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Pour the coconut water and almond milk a half cup at a time into the dry ingredients, whisking vigorously after each addition. The batter will be thick but light.
  3. Heat two non stick medium fry pans over medium heat. Add a teaspoon a coconut oil and turn down to medium low. Using a wooden spoon, drop two large dollops of the dough into the hot oil, quickly spreading them out to ½ inch thick. Flip once the pancakes move around the pan easily and are golden brown, approximately 7-8 minutes per side. Flatten with spatula and cook other side of pancake for another 7-8 minutes. Repeat until pancake batter is finished. Keep pancakes warm in a toaster oven set to low.
  4. Top with some coconut butter or shredded coconut and real maple syrup.
http://iseehungrypeople.net/2015/05/08/vegan-gluten-free-coconut-power-pancakes/

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes