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Raw Cocoa Cashew & Almond Milk

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I’ve been trying forever to get up in the morning and go to the gym before work. This morning it happened. I often think about the amount of strength it takes to get up, force yourself to exercise for the benefit of feeling healthier and happier afterwards. Which are pretty nice benefits, wouldn’t you agree? So why is it so hard to pick up and do it? I guess that willpower needs some exercise as well. Anyways, I felt like having a true post-workout shake afterwards and given the fact that I haven’t been grocery shopping at all the past couple of days our fridge was completely empty. I therefore turned to the cupboards to find the ingredients for my morning shake. And boy, oh boy, did I find the ingredients. Here you go – a recipe for the most delicious Raw Cocoa Nut Milk. I wonder if that urban myth promising bigger muscles if you drink that sugar-heavy cocoa milk after a work out is still valid? However, this might just be one of the much healthier alternatives.

All you need to make a shake for yourself…
1 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (more if necessary, see below)
2 pitted dates (that means, please do make sure you take out the stone)
2 heaping tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of coconut nectar. Alternatively, use agave sirup
1 teaspon of hemp protein powder
1/3 cup raw cashews

This is how it’s done…
Blend all ingredients into a fine smooth drink, not a smoothie, but more like a shake. If the shake feels like a smoothie, add more almond milk.

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Blueberry Smoothie with Basil

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Does this combination sound weird? Maybe a little bit, but the basil is what sets this smoothie apart and makes it so delicious. On top of that it’s so easy to make with only 4 ingredients. I love tasty food like this. Few ingredients, takes only minutes to make. What’s not to like?

for 1 person – all you need is…
1 cup of either fresh or frozen blueberries. Please note, if you want that blue-ish color use frozen blueberries. It’s like the frozen blueberries gives out more color than fresh berries, which gives more of a brown-ish feel to it.
1 banana
4-5 sprigs of basil, similar to a large handful of basil leaves
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of coconut water (you can substitute the coconut water with regular water, which makes is less sweet, but just a bit less sweeter)

Blend all ingredients to a smoothie and drink straight away with a festive straw.

Note: You can use all kinds of black berries for this smoothie. A frozen portion of a “forest berry blend” will also do the trick perfectly.

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Grasshopper Smoothie

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The most of my mornings will start of with a smoothie of some sorts. Lately, this bad boy has been my drug of choice. The one and only. It’s definitely one of my favourites. A lot of smoothie-makers chose bananas or avocados to create that smooth sensation to smoothies, making the drink a smooth ride down, but frozen mangos will do the same trick I’ve experienced.

The recipe is for one person only, so feel free to scale up as you see fit. The smoothie also works perfectly without the likes of spirulina, hemp protein powder and carob, however adding these ingredients sure makes for a healthier tasting drink. So… If you are new to these super foods, I recommend you start making this smoothie without them.

I think this smoothie is one of the best ways to get your greens – and a lot of them. Fresh spinach is almost tasteless, but still adds a certain “fresh- and fullness” without taking over the smoothie. This season I’ve bought spinach seeds, and I’m looking forward to try growing this favorite veggie.

For 1 person – all you need is…
1 cup/handful of fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup frozen mango (fresh will do as well)
1 inch of fresh ginger, or more if you prefer. I don’t think one can get enough ginger, actually.
1 cup of coconut water
1/2 of water, depending on how thick/thin you would like your smoothie

This is optional, but might just do the trick for you…
1 teaspoon of spirulina, hemp protein powder and carob powder.

Blend all ingredients into a lovely smoothie and serve in your favorite glass with a festive straw.