Chocolate Ice Cream…for breakfast??!

I woke up this fine April fool’s morning wanting chocolate. Conveniently, I used up my kale reserves in dinner last night, so no leafy greens for a smoothie.  Which made me think, why not make a dessert-worthy smoothie and eat “chocolate ice cream” (or as close to it as I can make it) to celebrate the day? And guys, this was amazing.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is for you! It’s light, fluffy, creamy, nutritious, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet.  I am so tempted to just go back in the kitchen and make round 2!!

Chocolate “Ice Cream” Smoothie (V, P, GF)
Serves 1 lighter serving

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp cacao
2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional, but kicks up the protein!)
Almond Milk as needed (no more than 1/4 to 1/3 cup)

Method
Add all ingredients to the blender, adding just enough almond milk to make it blend easily, but making sure to keep the thick consistency.

ENJOY! :D

Say “Oh Kale Yes” To Spring! Smoothie

I got back to my apartment completely famished this afternoon after a workout, and all I wanted was peanut butter.  Until I realized that there was nothing to put it on, except for kale–I am all for experimenting, but I wasn’t quite there yet.  So I pulled out the kale and realized that I also had some avocado left from my last smoothie and made up my mind to make a wonderful, replenishing smoothie.  This was one of those “smoothies on a journey”, where you just start packing ingredients into the blender and go from there.  I was so on board after putting just the first three ingredients in.  This smoothie is super fresh, light, creamy, fluffy, and is sure to make you feel happy afterwards.

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Say “Oh Kale Yes” To Spring Smoothie
vegan, gluten-free, soy-free
serves 1 happy belly

Ingredients:
1-2 leaves kale
1/2 cup water
1/2 banana
1/3 avocado
1/2 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 tsp maca powder (optional)
1/4 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 tsp green earth minerals (optional)

Method:
Place the the kale, banana, avocado, water and almond milk in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

Notes:
Definitely taste the mixture before adding the second half of the ingredients because it tastes incredibly wonderful and fresh.  If I had an orange or something light like that, I might think about adding that as well.  Be careful with the optional powders, they can take over very easily, so just remember to start with a little and add more as you like.

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I am just so excited that spring is here that I cannot help but make smoothies! I hope you all feel the same way, and join me in celebrating by making your own! Have a wonderful day, and remember that you are worth putting in the time and effort of making good food for yourself.

Love,
Lucy

Return of the Chavonana Smoothie!

It is officially spring! Hallelujah! But besides great weather, do you know what this means? I start craving something other than hot oatmeal for breakfast….namely my favorite green smoothie of all time: The Chavonana.   This is what I am calling the combination of chocolate (in the form of cacao), banana, and avocado.  It sets up the best light, creamy, chocolatey, thick, milkshake texture that I find extremely satisfying in the morning.  Since I have a kitchen now, it is much easier for me to do smoothies at school (this one is number 2, however…) because the clean up effort is so much less.  I normally use spinach, but I only had kale today, so that is what I used! Anyway, I was so excited about this smoothie that I just had to share it with you all!  So without further adieu, here is my celebration to the beginning of spring!

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The Chavonana–Kale/Hemp Editoin
vegan, gluten-free, soy-free
serves 1 small portion

Ingredients
1-2 leaves curly kale
3/4 cup- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 ripe avocado
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 Tbsp cacao powder

Method
Blend up the avocado, banana, cacao, and most of the milk first until creamy.  Add the hemp seeds, then the rest of the kale and almond milk to taste.  Include more almond milk if you desire a thinner texture, and enjoy!

Notes:
I only used half a banana and avocado, but as long as you keep the proportion 1:1, you will be on the right track.  I recommend putting in the kale a little at a time as it tends to become overpowering very quickly, and different people have different tastes for it.  You can definitely try adding different leaves if you would like as well–spinach works wonderfully if you have it.  Garnish with seeds, nuts, or favorite super foods.  I chose some hemp seeds for some crunch!

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I hope you have a wonderful start to spring and are getting inspired and energized to work on new projects.  I know I am!

Love,
Lucy