[Start the year with a focus on simplicity in food! This delightful, super healthy Chocolate Shake is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free–and it’s also super simple to make! Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]
As I’ve gotten older, one of the principles I’ve striven to adopt is “simplicity.”
Now, it may be true that a type-A neurotic with chronic candida issues, various career streams, an elderly parent, two demanding canines and a nameless “Human Honey”–all living in the 21st century–may never achieve that elusive goal. But I–I mean, she–can continue to try.
Over the past few months, I’ve read various books that purport to teach you how to simplify your life (mostly by eliminating much of what constitutes said life at the moment).
So, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up tells you to throw away most of what’s in your house; Essentialism would have you “discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so [you] can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter”; while The ONE Thing advises you to “cut through the clutter” so you can have less of what you don’t want and more of what you do.
I think all of these books contain valuable information that, if I were able to apply it, would leave me with a perfectly organized (albeit empty) house, easy-to-implement schedule and ample time to pursue my long-neglected hobbies, like pottery, knitting or oil painting (though, of course, I wouldn’t be able to conduct any of them in my actual house, since it would need to remain clutter-free).
Enter this super healthy Chocolate Shake. Its simplicity belies its enigmatic flavor profile and rich, multi-layered textures. You can whip it up in seconds and satisfy a chocolate craving within minutes.
The recipe comes from the just-released digital cookbook from Becky Striepe, 40 Days of Green Smoothies.
The book itself is a perfect addition to a newly-simplified lifestyle! As a digital publication, it won’t usurp any of the precious shelf space in your just-tidied house. With the inclusion of 40 different ways to incorporate greens into your life, it will help to streamline and simplify the smoothie-making process each morning (or afternoon, or evening). And with recipes all containing simple, easy-to-access whole foods ingredients, without too many in each recipe, it will help to keep your menus uncomplicated and quick to prepare.
Divided into weeks throughout the 40 days, the book also contains a shopping list for each week if you wish to follow along with the recipes as ordered. Some of the smoothie combos I can’t wait to try out include Hello, Tropical!; Strawberries and Cream; Raspberry Beret; Mexican Iced Chocolate; Ginger Blue; Peach Party; Spa Day; and My Apple Pie.
Important note for those of us on an anti-candida diet: most of the recipes do include banana. As I did with today’s recipe, I’ve simply swapped it for pear instead with great results. Pear is fine for anyone in stage two or later, and you can top up the sweetness (if you feel it’s necessary) with a few drops of stevia.
The HH and I enjoyed this shake as a mid-afternoon snack, one that amped up our nutrition for the day while providing a mouthwatering hit of chocolate as well.
Here’s to getting back to basics, clearing the clutter, and focusing on simple, real food in our lives.
Now, if only I hadn’t thrown away that blender when I cleared out the house. . .
Reprinted with permission from 40 Days of Green Smoothies, © Becky Striepe.
Becky says: “This smoothie’s avocado and banana base means that it’s extra creamy, and the cocoa powder makes it super decadent!” Well, I knew I just *had* to have this in an ACD-friendly format! So I swapped out pear for the banana. Guess what? Totally decadent still–and still uber creamy and delicious! This shake makes the perfect afternoon snack or dessert sipper. My notes are in square brackets.
1/4 Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
1 banana [I used pear]
1-1/2 Tbsp (22.5 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp (15 ml) flax meal [from about 1/2 Tbsp or 7.5 ml whole seeds]
1/4 to 1/2 cup (60-120 ml) kale, ribs removed [I used 2 leaves]
1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened soy or almond milk
[pure plain or vanilla stevia liquid, to your taste]
4-5 ice cubes, if desired
Puree until smooth. Makes one serving.
Suitable for: ACD Stage 2 and beyond; refined sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut free, yeast-free, vegan.
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