Choc Macanana Smoothie


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Liquid Cleanse. Two words that on their own are completely acceptable, even pleasant, but put those hands together and you have yourself a world of hurt. And it is only day one! Well actually I am being a bit dramatic. In general I find cleanses liberating, detoxifying, lightening and (funnily enough) cleansing! But of course they can be difficult and need a fair chunk of determination to get through. It is more of a psychological challenge than physical; because you know you can’t eat anything the mind plays tricks on you and tells you that you’re hungrier than you are. (Which is exactly the reason diets don’t work).Either way… by 3:30pm of Day #1 I felt faint, nauseous and panicky. I really felt I needed something hearty to keep my energy levels up enough to play with my 5 month old and pack our entire life into boxes. Enter the Choc Macanana Smoothie.

Also – for fun – whisper Choc Macanana in a deep tribal voice; doesn’t that sound like some mystical island legend? Can’t you imagine being around a campfire on the beach and Choc Macanana appearing with a fern headdress? Look, in my solids deprived brain I found that hilarious and have now been giggling for about 5 minutes. C’mon Em, pull yourself together!!! Anyway…

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A Little Word About Maca…

I will go into a lengthier post about Maca Powder later on but I just wanted to say that this is the one Superfood that I have felt instant and dramatic effects from. Maca comes in powder form and is made from a turnip-esque root vegetable of South America. The list of health benefits of Maca is too huge to list but the most common praise I had heard was it’s ability to balance hormones, give your energy levels a boost (your libido as well!) as well as giving you the most amazing glowing skin.

I had held off until a few weeks ago as I had heard from some that it can negatively affect anxiety levels – and considering mine were just starting to normalise I didn’t want to risk another surge. But in the end the pros outweighed the cons and I gave it a go. Even on the first day I took it I felt noticeably better which I have never experienced with a product before. Now after two weeks of 1 teaspoon a day I feel like a different person. My husband has commented on how much more positive I am, more patient. I have had a lot of comments on my skin. And – surprisingly – my anxiety management has improved again. I have since learned that Maca is renowned for it’s depression-busting skills too.

The point of this spiel is to recommend that you invest in some Maca if you have any of the ailments I mentioned. I use this product from Loving Earth and they deliver all over Australia. But hopefully you can find it in most good healthfood stores.

Prep time – 5 minutes; Serves 1

Ingredients

1 x banana

1 cup non-dairy milk (I used my homemade Cashew Milk using this recipe)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon maca powder

1 teaspoon raw cacao powder

Pinch of cinnamon

2 x dates

Method

Throw all ingredients in the blender.

Blend until smooth.

If you want to get fancy sprinkle on some cacao nibs.

What is your can’t-live-without ingredient and why?

Would love to hear in the comments…

Wellness and the Perfect Green Smoothie

It would appear that all Area Managers from my different life ‘zones’ have convened and decided on a very different strategy and direction for my body – and that direction is Wellness. Not just wellness but glorious, radiant, toe-tapping, skirt twirling, early rising, hair shining wellness.

It started when I fell pregnant. Suddenly I realised that I actually do have the willpower to eat well I just haven’t had the motivation; namely someone else’s health not just in my hands but in my belly, blood and brain. Then came the life changing event that has been the Plastic Free July challenge. As I mentioned in this previous post, during the challenge I realised that I had been taking my own health for granted and in turn disregarding the planets state by patronising too many supermarkets and too few organic farmers markets. It was time to get serious and by all accounts the first stepping stone towards this brand of vitality is to get familiar with Green Smoothies. But first I will explain why…

Staying Alkaline

For our bodies to function properly we need our internal environment to lean towards the alkaline side of the pH scale rather than the acidic. If our bodies are too acidic they become a breeding ground for loads of diseases including cancer. It also causes exhaustion, premature aging, muscle and joint pain and osteoporosis. To see a full list of ‘acidic’ symptoms see here.

Basically, if ‘Acidity’ was a nightclub within your body then the Who’s Who of unhealthy living would be invited – stress, lack of exercise, alcohol, drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) and lifeless, packaged food. To be Alkaline we need to focus on a diet of clean, organic, plant-based foods and live a lifestyle that encourages calm and tranquillity. But you don’t need a science degree to know what to eat! I found this really handy guide for making sure you consume foods that are on the right side of the scale.

If you want to find out what your pH level is then you can get the tests from any Chemist. Here my favourite wellness blogger (The Wellness Warrior, Jess Ainscough) explains how to pee for pH! She also has an amazing post about acidity in relation to cancer here. A must read!

Enter The Dragon(fruit)

What better way to start your day then, than with a huge glass of green to alkalise your body and protect you from illness? As The Wellness Warrior so rightly explains;

“These vegetables act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys”

Here are some additional benefits you will get from your glass of greens;

  • Green leafy vegetables are full of chlorophyll which (molecularly speaking) is very similar to human blood. So when you consume chlorophyll you almost trick your body into producing more haemoglobin which is full of oxygen and therefore great for our cells.
  • Smoothies are full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, photo-chemicals and health bacteria which build muscles and help your digestion.
  • They taste yummy and are quicker to eat and digest than a massive bowl of spinach (unless you’re Popeye – his skills are mad).
  • A strange discovery that seems to be echoed by other devotees – the more green you have, the more green foods you crave.

Formula for the Perfect Smoothie

There is a simple formula you can follow to make the ultimately balanced smoothie which will maximise the health benefits you receive. This being said though – there is no limit to the amount of flavours and ‘breeds’ of smoothies. If you are more of a recipe inclined individual then I have provided links to some of my favourite recipes too (go straight to next heading, pass go, collect $200).

Recipes

Basic Green Smoothie from Wellness WA– This is a super simple but uber tasty smoothie!

Banana Kiwi and Mango from the amazing Vegan Sparkles– With the added awesome of Spinach!

Raw Cacao Smoothie from Vegan Yack Attack – Chocolate can be a breakfast food!

Wellness WA also has this amazing database with heeeeaps of recipes.

More Recipes – Sign up to The Wellness Warrior and you not only receive this amazing e-book chock-a-block of Green Smoothie Recipes but get updates straight to your email. Click here to sign up.

Happy Blending! I’d love to hear your favorite Green Smoothie Recipe in the comments…