Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie is rich & creamy–and bursting with rich chocolate and almond flavour! This smoothie is the perfect meal in a cup. It’ll leave you feeling energized, nourished and satisfied. 

Do you want to create chocolate flavoured smoothies, like this one, but only have vanilla or unflavoured protein powder?

Here’s a quick tip to help you achieve a rich chocolate flavour from your smoothies when using a vanilla or unflavoured protein powder!

Just add 1-2 teaspoons of cacao powder into your blender along with the other smoothie ingredients. Blend & enjoy! That’s it!! Told ya it was a quick tip.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate which is why I recommend it. It’s an easy find since most grocery stores carry it nowadays. You can also find cacao powder online.

Now, whether your protein powder is vanilla, chocolate or unflavoured, give this addicting smoothie creation a try. I promise, it’ll be love at first sip!

If you’re looking for more gut friendly chocolate-inspired smoothies, join my FREE 14-day smoothie challenge or grab my smoothie e-book which has over 30 dessert-inspired smoothie recipes for IBS & weight loss!

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Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup frozen greens (spinach, kale, and/or broccoli)
2-3 soft dates
1 tbsp dry-roasted almond butter
1-2 tsp cacao powder*
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (chocolate)
1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk

*If you’re using vanilla or unflavoured protein powder, add 2 tsp of cacao powder. If you’re using chocolate flavoured protein powder, add 1 tsp.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and enjoy!

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Beet & Blueberry Smoothie (Plant-Based, Paleo, High-Fiber)

Beet & Blueberry Smoothie (Plant-Based, Paleo, High-Fiber)

DID YOU KNOW? According to Ayurveda beets are recommended during Vata season, which runs from October through March, as the bright and vibrant colors can help balance out the dryness and coldness of the season.

In addition, beets have many uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda including cleansing the liver, improving blood circulation and calming the mind and spirit.

They are also used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments and have been traditionally used to treat conditions such as:

  • Anemia
  • Heart weakness
  • Liver toxicity
  • Constipation
  • Irritability & restlessness
  • Irregular periods
  • Herpes
  • Decreased libido

Smoothies are an easy way to add more beets to your diet. And to make things even easier, look for frozen or vacuum packed beets in your grocery store. They’ll save you lots of time since they’re already cleaned and cooked – just throw them into your blender.

Try my Beet & Blueberry Smoothie. It’s a great smoothie for fall and winter.

Beet & Blueberry Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup beets (fresh or frozen, cooked)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 avocado
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (vanilla) or PurePea Protein (Vegan option)
1/2 – 1 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

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Maca Matcha Smoothie (Plant-Based, Dairy Free, Hormone Balancing)

Maca Matcha Smoothie (Plant-Based, Dairy Free, Hormone Balancing)

DID YOU KNOW? Maca is a root vegetable in the Radish family that is known for its hormone balancing effects.

Maca is an endocrine adaptogen, meaning that it does not contain any hormones, but rather it contains the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production.

This root has been studied to help enhance fertility, normalize symptoms of premenstrual/menstrual symptoms, as well as the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, cramps, fatigue and lethargy.

You can easily add maca to your diet by blending it into a smoothie. Try this Maca Matcha Smoothie. Look for gelatinized maca for easier digestion and absorption.

Maca Matcha Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tsp. matcha tea
1 tsp. maca powder
1 tsp. honey (optional)
Ice cubes (recommended if your banana isn’t frozen)

BOOST your smoothie with collagen! Add 1-2 scoops Whole Body Collagen.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Refreshing Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie (AIP, Plant-Based, Naturally Sweetened)

Refreshing Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie (AIP, Plant-Based, Naturally Sweetened)

Are you craving a refreshing drink to sip on while enjoying the summer heat?

Give this healthy and delicious Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie a try. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins – and sweetened with Mother Nature’s candy.

It’s the perfect summer time drink for when you’re chilling on the porch or kickin’ it poolside!

TIP: Use frozen fruits to get a thick slushie consistency.

Refreshing Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple

BOOST your smoothie with healing collagen – add 1 scoop Whole Body Collagen.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Use more milk if needed.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint oil has been shown to be effective at naturally treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies show that peppermint oil reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness.

To help relieve IBS symptoms, try:

  • Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your smoothie (check out my recipe below).
  • Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil into a glass of water or capsule and take before meals.
  • Applying 2–3 drops of peppermint essential oil (along with a carrier oil) topically to your abdomen.

Check out one of my favourite gut-soothing and dessert-inspired smoothie recipes that uses peppermint essential oil …

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1.5 cups frozen spinach
1 banana (frozen preferably)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 tsp cacao powder
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (chocolate)*
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil (food-grade) OR 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2-1 cup water
A few ice cubes (optional)
1 tbsp cacao nibs (stirred in after blending)

*If you’re using PurePaleo Protein (vanilla) I suggest adding 2 tsp of cacao powder.

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INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and stir in cacao nibs.

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9 hacks for creating YOUR perfect smoothie

9 hacks for creating YOUR perfect smoothie

Although making a smoothie isn’t anywhere near rocket science, it still takes some experimentation to create just the right flavour, temperature and texture for your palate.

I’ve put together some smoothie hacks that will not only help troubleshoot issues you may encounter in the land of smoothie making, but also help you create smoothies that will tickle your taste buds.

Check them out …

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9 hacks for creating YOUR perfect smoothie

1. Know your palate

The most important part of creating your perfect smoothie is using the right ingredients. Know what flavours you enjoy and try blending them together. Think of your favourite ice cream flavour or dessert recipe when trying to decide what you might like. Better yet, give some of my dessert-inspired recipes a try! Also, don’t be afraid to recreate the same smoothie recipes you love — repetition is a great approach to developing new healthy habits.

2. One bitter B!*@#

No, not you–the smoothie. Yes, greens can make your smoothie bitter tasting. If you’re following the formula I’ve provided, you probably won’t encounter this issue, but if you do, here are some suggestions: 1) Use frozen vs. fresh greens since they taste less bitter; 2) Use less bitter greens (like spinach) until your palate is welcoming to the others. Tip #3 is also a great way to balance the bitterness.

3. Mother Nature’s candy

The sweetness of fruit – and stevia in the PurePaleo Protein powders – should be enough to balance out the bitter flavour of greens and satisfy your sweet tooth. If you need added sweetness, I suggest adding 1/4 cup extra fruit OR add a pinch of stevia for a smoothie that is lower in sugar content (I recommend Better Stevia by NOW).

4. Ice, ice baby

If you crave a smoothie that sends chills down your spine, then I recommend using frozen fruit and/or greens. Not only will you get an ice-cold smoothie, but using frozen produce makes smoothie making way easy since there’s no washing or chopping required. If you don’t want to use frozen produce, but still want a cold smoothie, just throw in a few ice cubes.

5. Brain freeze!

Maybe you don’t enjoy super cold smoothies, especially during the cold winter months. One solution would be to use fresh produce instead of frozen. If you want to use frozen produce (because it just makes life easy) here’s a solution… add ½-1 cup hot or boiling water instead of room-temperature or cold water. This hot trick will help balance the temperature of your smoothie so it’s just right.

6. Silky smooth

If your smoothies aren’t turning out as smooth as you’d like or you find yourself chewing through chunks of greens, I suggest blending water and greens first for 30+ seconds (or until smooth). You can then add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend for another 30+ seconds. Smooth and chunk-free should be the end product. If not, maybe it’s time for a new blender (check out my blender guide, here)

7. Big or little spoon

Avocado is not only a wonderful way to add quality fat to your smoothie, but it’s also the perfect way to create a thick and creamy smoothie. When building your smoothie use ½ an avocado and only ½ cup water to get a thick smoothie you can eat with a spoon. Think of it as a smoothie yogurt!

8. Smoothie gag

OK, so maybe you’re gagging over thick smoothies? Let’s put a quick end to that. This hack is simple… just add more water. If 1 cup of water isn’t enough, try adding 1/4 cup more at a time. Avoid adding too much water as this will dilute the flavour of your smoothie.

9. Drew your smoothie

Drink + chew = drew! Many people avoid smoothies because they feel unsatisfied with drinking their food and would prefer to chew their food. Before you write-off smoothies, try this: After blending your smoothie, stir in 1 tbsp. of cacao nibs, crushed raw nuts, seeds, coconut flakes/chips, or soaked tiger nuts to create a smoothie you can chew through. It’s a cool little trick to get your digestive enzymes flowing at the same time as satisfying the need to chew your food. Check out more info on how to drew your smoothie here. I also recommend tip #7, since a thicker smoothie will help you feel more satisfied.

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