We all want a bit of chocolate from time to time and need proteins every day. I add hemp seeds to my smoothies for a natural protein, fiber, and omega-3 boost. 3 tablespoons has an impressive 2.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 10 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. It also has a good amount of manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc, B6 and more.
This is an “all-day” vegan smoothie, meaning that you can drink it morning, before-noon, noon, afternoon, before dinner and evenings. The chia seeds is supposed to be one of the super-foods; Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes. (source: http://www.fitday.com/).
You also get stronger teeth and bones because a serving of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.
Chia seeds has more benefits, these are just 2 of them.
Conventionally, pink lemonade is colored with grenadine. The Greeks were the first to have pink lemonade. They made this so that while the adults were having wine at celebrations, the children would also have a special treat. When the Greeks dyed the lemonade pink by adding wine, the common myth in the community was that this drink was made from pink lemons that grew in a forest that no man could enter and come out alive. They made the children believe that these magical pink lemons were brought back by a noble king.
If you don’t have grenadine to colour, you can use berries.
Milkshakes come in so many variations, that it can be hard to pick a recipe. Give this Vegan & Raw Banana Chocolate milkshake a try, it’s purely joy:-)
If you don’t have patience to wait for the coconut milk to cool, it is also delicious without, but I think it is worth the wait.
Remember a straw:-)
1 cup dates
1 large scoop Vega chocolate protein powder, or Epic Protein Chocolate Maca (or 2 tablespoons cacao powder + 1/4 teaspoon stevia)
1-2 cups vegan milk
1-2 cups ice
Whipped coconut cream: 1 can coconut milk, left in the fridge or freezer overnight
Bean from 1/2 vanilla pod
1/8 teaspoon stevia
Method: To make the milkshake:
1) blend all the ingredients until smooth, adding as much vegan milk and ice as needed to make it thick, creamy and cold.
2) Adjust according to taste, then fill up 3 or 4 glasses.
To make the whipped cream:
1) take the can out of the fridge – DON’T SHAKE IT! Open it gently and scoop off the solid fat that has settled on the top.
2) Put it in your mixer bowl, or a normal bowl if you have a handheld mixer.
3) Add the stevia and vanilla beans and whisk until stiff peaks form.
4) Top off your glasses with it and enjoy the heck out of what you just made.
For the lucky ones, it is a nice and warm summer and is there anything better than to cool down with chilled vegan & gluten-free smoothies? I always sneak in a handful of baby spinach leaves, make the smoothie a tad healthier and gives extra iron.
Smoothies are easy to make – start adding the liquid and then just throw in the other ingredients and blend until smooth:)
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
• 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed
• 1/4 cup coconut milk yogurt
• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
• 1 cup fresh blueberries
• 1 tablespoon organic moringa
• 1 tablespoon date syrup, recipe at date syrup
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve chilled and enjoy.