A sweet, nutrient packed smoothie to help curb sugar cravings made with raw cacao, spinach, coconut oil & hemp hearts
Confession: I’ve been in a major sugar rut lately. Well, not lately, for months now. That terrible craving followed by that terrible mid afternoon crash and topped up with the terrible craving to snack all over again. Day in and day out since I was pregnant with Theo. Am I the only one?
It’s freakin hard to curb sugar cravings. I’ve done it before and I always feel like a million bucks but it’s so easy to fall back into – especially when you’re tired. Trouble is I’m also an emotional eater so sometimes the stress of juggling it all will have me throwing back sugary treats and, let’s face it, motherhood is basically always a juggling act.
But the crashes are hitting me HARD with two little ones. Always when I need to be most patient, my body takes a nosedive, and I’m left feeling frustrated with myself. So, I’m giving it another go! This smoothie is saving my behind with lots of great ingredients and just enough sweetness to leave me feeling satisfied.
Why is it good for you?
Never heard of kefir before? Me neither until recently but now it’s a staple in my fridge. Kefir is fermented milk – or in this case coconut milk. Why is it good for you? It’s full of good bacteria which is good for your gut!
How I love hemp hearts – it’s my equivalent of “I put that **** on everything”. It’s super versatile and it is high in protein. It boasts “about 10g of protein in 1 serving (3 tbsp).”
I’m going to let Joy McCarthy’s blog post about the health benefits of coconut oil do the talking because there is so much good!
Well, first, it makes your smoothie taste like chocolate. More importantly though raw cacao is it’s a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and is a natural mood elevator.
Cacao Almond Butter Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut kefir*
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 healthy handful of organic spinach
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 date, pitted
- Add kefir and almond milk to blender
- Add all remaining ingredients to blend
- Blend starting on lowest setting to highest for 5 seconds. Continue to blend on high for 15 seconds for smooth texture.
*Double the almond milk if you don’t have or want to use coconut kefir
There you have it! Struggle no more – ok, it’s still tough to curb sugar cravings but this smoothie helps! If you like it, leave me a comment!