Chocolate Moondust Smoothie
I would just like to take a quick moment to thank you for sticking around and for all the love and encouragement I have received on this journey of sharing and connecting. I had the most fantastic break/holiday this last month. What started out with a severe back injury (more to come on that) moved into a sublime time of reflection, healing, stilling the mind and refining my goals, visions and dreams. I learnt a lot from having to be completely still and I will soon share a lot of what I learnt during that time on the blog (once I have a moment to breath and take in the changes and settle back into some kind of rhythm).
After the injury started to heal a bit I was able to go to Jeffrey’s Bay for a week with my mom and grandpa. This time was so rich and nourishing. I always find the ocean to be such a place of inspiration and healing. After that week I drove up to Cape Town with my folks for a week – to catch up with good friends and get an injection of the city buzz. And what a buzz it was! After that, my parents and Adam (my partner for those of you who don’t know who he is) and I came back to Jeffrey’s for a week to recover and consolidate before the second semester of University began. This time in Jeffrey’s Bay was much needed – allowing us to decompress and recalibrate after the busy week in the Mother City and to connect to a sense of clarity and intention allowing me to go into the second half of the year with a clear energy and mind.
Since being back at Uni (all of 5 days), it’s already been a whirlwind of trying to find my footing again. I am such a Vata! (referring to the Ayurvedic dosha – simply Google search it for a more in-depth overview. But essentially, if imbalanced they are prone to being very airy, ditsy, and anxious and when in balance they are lively, enthusiastic and energetic). While scrambling to settle into routines and rhythms again I’ve discovered the most incredible smoothie that has just been such a game changer in the busy days where sitting down to eat a big meal is just not on the cards. So, for those of you out there that experience the same everyday business (or anyone, actually) I thought I would share with this delicious recipe with you. It is the perfect morning get-me-up, or the perfect pre or post workout snack. If you’re having it as a main meal you can simple double up the ingredients or if you’re more of a grazer and like snacking throughout the day then it’s the perfect size as is!
In other news, today is the birthday of my dearest Gran, Doris, who passed away in December. In honor of her, I am dedicating this delicious Chocolate Moondust, sparkly, rainbow, unicorn recipe to her in all of its’ (and her) glory and deliciousness.
Let’s just take a moment to talk about the Chocolate Moondust Wazoogles powder that I add into this recipe. It is filled with incredible raw and organic ingredients such as: yellow pea protein, raw cacao powder, raw chia seeds, mesquite powder, raw hemp protein powder, maca root, raw lucuma fruit.
A quick look into some of the benefits of each of these:
Heirloom Cacao: Food with the highest level of antioxidants and magnesium on the planet!
Chia Seeds: High in omega 3’s, calcium, fiber and protein
Maca Root: Used as a warrior food in the past, known for its’ adaptogenic properties of adapting to your hormone, energy and immune system needs
Hemp Protein: Complete protein that is highly digestible and high in vitamins and minerals
Mesquite Powder: Protein and nutrient rich plant food, also good at regulating blood sugar
Lucuma Fruit: Very high in beta-carotene, iron, calcium and B3.
· 1 ripe banana (i.e. With spots of it!)
· 1 medium granadilla
· 2 medjool dates, pitted
· 1 tablespoon of rolled oats
· 2 teaspoons of toasted almond butter
· 1 tablespoon Wazoogles Chocolate Moondust powder
· 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (maple syrup, brown rice syrup, honey – if you eat it, etc.)
· 1/3 cup of filtered water
· Heaped 1/3 cup small ice cubes
· Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
· 1 tablespoon goji berries
· 3-5 roasted, salted almonds to garnish
1. Place all of the ingredients except the 3-5 almonds and goji berries into a nutri-bullet or blender and blend on high, until smooth and lump-free.
2. Taste it. Adjust to your preferred consistency and sweetness (adding more dates if you’d like it sweeter and/or more water if you like your smoothies slightly runnier. For me this is the perfect consistency.)
3. Place in a bowl or glass and top with almonds and goji berries
4. Serve and ENJOY!