In the cold months, this is one of my go-to night time desserts. I used raw cacao, considered a super-food for it's high nutritient and antioxidant profile. Cacao also contains high levels of magnesium, the "calm mineral," so it's great for anyone dealing with stress or anxiety and good for night time. (If you're super sensitive to caffeine, you might not want this before bed however.) I've also added ashwagandha, an ayurvedic and adaptogenic herb that nourishes your adrenal glands, helps your body deal with stress and fatigue, is good for memory and focus, and stabilizes blood sugar. You can also add maca powder, another adaptogen, to really up the adrenal-boosting properties, and collagen for a nourishing protein boost. Like all my recipes, it's naturally low-glycemic and is paleo-friendly. The best part though is it whips up in the time it takes to heat up a cup of your milk on the stove, and is rich, chocolately, and just goooood. I've been making it every night, and will continue to do so until I get tired of it.
Hi friend. Put down the caffeine-infused chemical cocktail that is a pumpkin spice latte, and drink this delicious pumpkin spice smoothie instead. It will give you a good hit of all those yummy pumpkin spice flavors, plus healthy carbs, healthy fats, protein, and also some extra veggies snuck in there, so you feel satisfied and energized, not anxious, stressed, or fatigued from blood sugar and caffeine crashes.
Homemade coconut milk is one of those, "Why didn't I know about this?" kinds of recipes. (And it's really more of just a series of a few steps than a recipe). I used to buy ready-to-drink coconut milk at the grocery store - you know, the kind that comes in a carton like regular cow's milk. I even found one that was unsweetened, but it still had all kinds of preservatives and fillers, like carageenan (the research on carageenan is inconclusive, but suggests it may cause gastrointestinal distress, and we don't want that), and even more than that, it just didn't taste that good! Enter these recipes. They come together in minutes, are cheaper than buying ready-to-drink coconut milk, you control what goes in it, and they taste better! Win!
Here it is! The perfect afternoon pick-me-up: Creamy, chock full of antioxidants, super easy, with a smooth little dose of caffeine that won't give you a big spike and crash. (And you can easily dial up or dial back the caffeine by changing the amount of matcha used, without really affecting the taste of the drink). The beauty is it's also super flexible. Feel like doing this, but not that? No problem. More sweet/less sweet, creamy/not so much, warm/cold, it's all good! Bonus: unless someone knows just how easy this "recipe" actually is, it will totally impress your co-workers/instagram followers/house-guests. But that's not why you'll make it, again and again. That will happen because it's just that good. And so green!