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I made it through the first trimester with a few food aversions, some nausea (pfft morning sickness is more like all day sickness for some of us), and a lot of nighttime fatigue. Unfortunately the fatigue has stuck around into my fourth month. It’s like someone pushes a button and I’m ready for bed – I’ve been hitting the sack by 8:30pm!
If you know me well, then you know my love of nut butters and medjool dates. Sadly these two staples in my diet have become aversions! Oh the horror! I take it as a sign that my body needs more variety, so I’ve decided to switch up my afternoon smoothie fix.
Thankfully Pete created this delicious and healthy Chocolate Protein Smoothie and I’ve been slurping it up when I need a good snack to get me through to dinnertime.
This is a thick smoothie – which is impressive despite the lack of nut butter. By using the whole nut and seed, as opposed to the nut butter or seed butter, you’re controlling the fat content a little.
Like most smoothies, you can totally cater this to your taste preferences (i.e. add more sweetness). Like all smoothie recipes, it’s really just here to inspire you!
Healthy Chocolate Protein Smoothie
- 3 cups coconut water (this is our fave)
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup soaked, drained and rinsed walnuts (soaking is optional)
- 1 cup soaked, drained and rinsed pumpkin seeds (soaking is optional)
- 2 tablespoons goji berries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop of your fave protein powder (we’ve been using half Vega, half Hemp Pro)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1. Combine all ingredients in your blender (soak nuts and seeds by covering them with water and setting aside for 15 minutes to 4 hours) and blend to desired consistency.
*For a less thick shake (this is a spoon worthy shake), add and blend more coconut water or filtered water.
Yield: 2 adult sized smoothies, with a few slurps for a cute 5 year old girl
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