This is because…
1. often we may end up consuming more of a say fruit or vegetable that is turned into a smoothie than we would if we were eating that item in it’s natural form. For this reason, it is important that we are mindful of exactly what goes into each of our individual smoothies. I have never understood those individuals who create smoothies with 6 bananas, 10 dates and a shit load of almond butter, coconut oil or the like. Just because it’s raw, unprocessed and mostly organic doesn’t mean you can eat your weight in it. For this reason, I make my smoothies with a few simple ingredients only and have them for LUNCH; not a snack, but as a complete meal.
2.remember: always a smoothie bowl never a smoothie drink. I say this because it’s important to chew! A total food diet without chewing or crunching is a form of sensory deprivation. Of course, chewing food is not just about giving our teeth and jaw muscles something to do. Flavour and texture are part of our enjoyment of food and also chewing begins the digestion process, releasing saliva to mix with our food and signalling the brain then the stomach to prepare for the imminent arrival of food. For this reason, I top my smoothie bowls with my favourite crunchy toppings (you thought they were mere decoration for Instagram didnt you?!), sit down, use a spoon and mindfully enjoy each smoothie meal.
In short, blending and juicing can be nutritious, but remember moderation in all things is healthy practise.
Ok, enough chit-chat. Let’s get down to business. Healthy chocolate soft-serve on a hot Summer’s day. Tell me, is there a better combination?
2 frozen bananas
3/4 cup almond milk
1.5 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp honey (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor and top with your favourite toppings.