Hello! Today is Tuesday (it was the Civic holiday yesterday – hurrah for Ontario!), but I still wanted to share my Monday recipe with you! (As well as a few things that I was reminded about over the weekend).
I have been wanting to share this with you for a little while, and I’m very glad to do it today! Sometimes with travelling and summer fun, you suddenly wake up one day and realize that you haven’t been as diligent as you could have been with your physical activities. If you’re anything like me, then exercising makes you hungry. I know that the food choices we make have a direct and measurable impact on our bodies. And so I set out to make something quick, satisfying and tasty that wasn’t just empty calories, sugar and other fillers to help me as I get back into a good exercise routine. It had to have the staying power of a hearty meal, but not taste like I had just blended one.
It’s important to be paying attention to what we are eating and how we are treating out bodies, but not to the point of becoming obsessed or fanatical. Like your health, exercising isn’t the point of your life. It’s stewardship of your body so that it will continue to work in the way that it is intended to, but it shouldn’t control you. I have recently been realizing how shockingly easy it is to get sucked into considering popular worldviews about body size, shape, etc. If you’re not consciously paying attention to the thoughts that are roaming around in your mind, you are easy prey for very negative and untrue thoughts about yourself and other people. The things that we say and think about ourselves have an impact on us. Don’t underestimate the force behind the words that you say.
Whether or not you’ve realized it, you are making choices every day that with directly impact where you will be and who you will be in the future. And the decision to “not” make decisions is just as potent a choice. I’m not telling you this to frighten you. This is meant as an encouragement, dear reader. You can choose. You can choose what you will do, how you will spend your time, what you will believe or won’t, and what you will say.
This blender shake has a few little hidden treasures as well. Like the chia seeds! They have secret (aka. it doesn’t taste like it) omega fatty acids, calcium and a substantial contribution to your daily dietary fibre requirements. (Curious about the role of fibre in your life? See last week’s “Let’s Talk: Hull About Fibre“). Or take the soynut butter; an excellent source of protein (that’s where the staying power comes from).
Uplifting Frosty Chocolate Banana Blender Shake
Preparation time: 2 minutes (plus 10 minutes to soak the dates)
*Tip: remove the peel of the banana prior to freezing it, and then freeze it in a container. It will save you time and effort trying to peel it after it’s all frozen together.
- 3 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 frozen banana (medium size)
- 1 1/4 tsp chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened soynut butter (or other preferred seed/nut butter)
- 1 1/2 C unsweetened soy milk
- 2 ice cubes
- In a small bowl, soak the dates in water for approx 10 minutes (if yours are very dry, they may need up to 30 minutes to soften).
- Drain the dates, and then place them into the blender along with the soy milk and blend until the dates are completely pureed.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients to the blender, and blend until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.
Note: With this recipe the time-sensitive nature of blender shakes is removed a little. If you wait too long with most shakes, they melt and get strange. Because of the chia seeds in this shake, it will actually thicken up a bit if it is left to sit. So, if you don’t finish it right away, you can store it in the fridge for later and it will still be cool and thick. (Yes!)
Keep an eye out later this week for some new things (hint: surrogate testing)! Don’t forget to share this article, and try the shake! If you do, send me a picture on Twitter or our Facebook page, or let me know in the comments below how it turned out for you!
Take care, and have a great day!
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