Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Warm weather is in the air, which means my craving for ice cream is in full swing. Thankfully, this milkshake is a fantastic, healthy alternative to ice cream that more than fills this craving. It is a powerful blend of nutrient-rich ingredients that, when combined together, make this a perfect 3:00pm pick-me-up treat.

Here is some nutritional information about some of the ingredients:

Cacao is unprocessed (raw) unlike it's counterpart chocolate, which means that the important nutrients contained in the plant are left in-tact rather than "cooked" out. It has more than 300 compounds (nutrients) and is a tasty antioxidant. Be sure to buy organic cacao for the best quality.

Maca Root is also raw, rich in essential minerals and high in protein.

Chia Seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids; are complete proteins with all the essential amino acids; a rich source of calcium, magnesium, and iron; unprocessed (raw); and high in antioxidants.

Maple syrup is abundant in vitamins, like vitamin B12, and minerals including manganese, zinc and calcium.

Cashews are full of protein, essential minerals, and dietary fiber. This nut is one of the lowest in fat content compared to other nuts and any fat cashews do contain is considered "good fat", meaning it does not adversely affect the body.

Note from Tina: This information is strictly to be used as educational. Remember, it is always important to know and understand completely the food that you eat in regard to your individual body needs

So here is the recipe:

6 - 8 ice cubes (or per desired consistency)
1/2 - 3/4 c. water (or per desired consistency)
2 tbsp. organic cacao powder
1 tsp. organic maca root powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. maple syrup (less if using a ripe banana)
1 frozen organic banana (optional)
1/2 c. cashew cream, coconut milk, or non-dairy beverage of choice

Place all in blender and blend on high 2 - 3 minutes until very smooth. Serve immediately.

To make a vanilla shake eliminate the cacao powder and add 1 - 2 tsp. real vanilla powder, 1/2 - 1 tsp. vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean.

Can also add fruit combination of choice!

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