Growing up in the 80’s , I was inundated with diet potions and pills. Workout videos and the stair master were becoming the rage. Flash-dance-style aerobics and a torn sweatshirt was the key to at least looking like a dancer. One summer I dieted on Slim Fast - drank a lot of strawberry flavored milk and obsessed over the cookies would go with it. That was my first introduction to shakes - now a.k.a. smoothies. Another summer (summer seemed to drive me to the bikini-motivated brink of insanity), I ate only ramen noodles and eggs because they were low in calories. Liquid drinks and meal replacements replaced basic eating and portion control and common- sense. Try as I may, these prepackaged, low-cal restrictive menus left me bloated, hungry (imagine that) and sometimes still chunky. When I think back on the times I was my thinnest (in a healthy way, I might add), it wasn’t because of what I wasn’t eating. Rather it was due to what I was. I ate clean, whole food and a lot of it. This smoothie is yum and does my body good. Imagine that.
Chocolate Banana Cherry Shake
1/2 cup ice
1 banana, peeled
10 pitted cherries
1 tsp chocolate flavoured vegan protein poweder
1 heaping Tbsp of organic urn-sweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp of agape syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened almond/soy blend milk
1 1/2 cup ice cold water
I prefer to use a hand mixer to a blender because the shake seems frothier. Either way, in a tall mixing cup or pitcher, place ice in first, then add the remaining ingredients. Pulse the mixer in an up and down motion as not to blend completely but to smash the ice and mush the fruit. After blended, cover cup/pitcher and shake to best distribute the ice and fruit.If you have opted not to use the protein, then double the amount of cocoa and agape.The taste will be a bit sweeter, but still relatively good for you. Also, if you happen to have vanilla flavored protein, that's ok - the result will just be less chocolaty, but still tasty.
To The Table:
Simply pour the shakes into glasses (I like wine glasses, especially if I'm making it for friends/guests) and serve. It's best to drink immediately after making - it will not store well in your fridge if you try to prepare it ahead of time. Spiced with a touch of amaretto, and this can also make a cool dessert drink after a early autumn BBQ. And it's still good for you. Really.
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