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Because I simply don’t have enough going on in my life right now…oh,wait… Because life is a bit crazy and I am a bit crazy, now seemed like the perfect time to add a little bit more crazy so I decided to give myself a new challenge: raw food for an entire week. For many of you this may not seem like a challenge. But me, I like my warm oatmeal and tofu sandwiches and when it comes to raw food preparation, my knowledge starts and ends with dessert.
And I can’t just eat desserts for a whole week…right? It was late in the day Friday when I decided to take on this challenge. Eager to find ways to detox after 9 months of pregnancy and 1 month postpartum, this seemed like the perfect way to ensure I was getting enough nutrition while ridding my body of all toxins. I spent the following hours scouring my favorite raw food blogs, writing out menu plan and grocery shopping lists, and cleaning out my pantry and chest freezer to find forgotten nuts/seeds/flours, etc. Around 10:30 pm I started wondering if even I was this crazy.
Most day I can hardly find time to prepare myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, let alone eat the thing. Perhaps thinking I could eat a week of new recipes with extensive food prep while blogging about it was a bit optimistic. I’m a lot more optimistic before the kids wake up. I haven’t given up on the challenge – just postponed it. In the meantime I am going to experiment with some freezable raw recipes (granola, breakfast cookies, crackers), stock up on nuts and seeds, and hopefully, be ready to go raw in a few weeks.
I also thought it wise to come up with some easy-to-make meals like this Banana Cacao Breakfast Smoothie. This smoothie can be made in minutes, is high in fiber, calcium, and protein, and will fill you up for hours. Plus a great excuse to get some chocolate with breakfast.
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
- Begin by freezing your banana. To freeze the bananas, peel and chop ripe bananas into 1″ pieces. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. When frozen all the way through, they are ready to use. Transfer any leftover banana pieces to a ziplock bag. Return to the freezer and store for up to three months.
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until they are completely smooth. If your smoothie is too thick, add additional milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until you have a pourable consistency.
- Make sure your bananas are completely frozen to get that milkshake-like consistency!
- Blend your ingredients until they are completely smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, simply add more milk in 2 tablespoon increments. When there is a cyclone happening in the middle of your blender, you've achieved the right consistency!