Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

Maca will support your body’s own production of numerous hormones, increasing or decreasing their levels according to your individual needs.

This magical smoothie is boosted with delicious raw cacao and the sweet-tasting South American  adaptogenic root called Maca. Maca helps support the body’s own production of numerous hormones, increasing or decreasing their levels according to your individual needs.

What does adaptogen mean?

Adaptogens are natural substances like herbs and plant extract that increases the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

Think of adaptogens like a thermostat. The keep your body’s stress response at a desirable level, much like the way a thermostat keeps the temperature from becoming too high or too low. They’re good for you all the time, not only when you have a high level of stress.

I'm not really stressed, one might think. I'm sure you feel that way and it might be true for some people but most of us are kind of semi "stressed" all day long. Think about stress as what is commonly called your “fight or flight” response. Today, most of us don’t have to worry so much about lions or other obvious dangers like that. However, most modern-day stresses are ongoing. Like sitting at your comuter and working on a project with a deadline. When your adrenal system remains in a constant active state, it throws your body out of balance. Constant stress can create a lot of imbalances in your body, especially on your digestive system and energy levels.

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp ashwagandha*
  • 1/2 tsp reishi
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If you prefer it sweeter add a banana or another date. If you prefer it thinner add some almond or oat milk. This serving serves two small glasses or one big.

* Ashwagandha Dangers for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Plain and simple, please do not use Ashwagandha during pregnancy. There is evidence that it could cause miscarriages. I don’t know enough about the effects of using this herb during breastfeeding. It may be unsafe. If you are trying to become pregnant or if you have had previous miscarriages in your life, Ashwagandha is not for you. It's natural and safe to use if you're not taking any medication. But with that being said. It's very powerful.

adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie
Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

The small adaptogen pantry. This choloate smoothie is a pretty basic smoothie that I drink quite often. I sometimes make it green with plenty of spinach and kale instead of raw cacao, but one thing that's always the same is my adaptogens. These are 4 of the adaptogens that I use on a daily basis.

Maca

Some women get life-changing results from maca and others feel worse. If you are thinking of trying it or have tried it in the past with mixed results, try different phenotypes (colors of maca) and change up the amounts, dose can make a big difference. Phenotypes, the different color types of maca contain some different active ingredients which trigger specific health benefits. Maca is a nutrient-rich root that is known to relief PMS, help with libido stimulation and balance Peri- and Menopause.

Reishi

Also known as the “mushroom of immortality,” reishi is a Chinese herbal mushroom that comes in six different types. The most potent variety, red reishi, is used for it's immune-boosting properties. Reishi mushroom benefits the liver and heart organs foremost. Reishi is able to down-regulate alpha-glucosidase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down starches into sugars. This magic mushroom has also shown to help with kidney problems and wound healing in diabetics.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda (a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing). Many of it's health benefits are attributed to the high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation and tumor growth. In a controlled study of chronically stressed adults, the group that supplemented with ashwagandha had significantly greater reductions in cortisol than the control group. The group taking the highest dose had a 30% reduction, on average.

Ceylon cinnamon

Cinnamon is known to have an anti-diabetic effect. It helps lower blood sugar levels and also can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is the vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced.

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

I try to avoid too much fructose in my smoothies. As you can see in the recipe, the base of this smoothie is zucchini instead of the more common base of bananas. What I love about zucchini as a smoothie base is that it's completely natural in flavor but still creamy in texture. So it's perfect for those of you who doesn't really like that banana flavor that overshadows pretty much anything.

I also try to add as much good fats to my smoothies as possible. Nut butters, seeds, full fat coconut milk and algae oils.

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I hope you'll enjoy this thick and creamy chocolate smoothie. If you're one of those people who doesn't like thick smoothies, be sure to add some water or plant milk to make it thinner.

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

Enjoy!

Black Detox Smoothie

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Teeth-whitener, skin purifier, detox supplement and poison remedy. The benefits of this product seem to be quite a few

I'm definitely not the one to say if it's true or not. I'm always pushing people to do their own research. There are definitely both fans and critics of this trendy health product.

Unlike regular charcoal, activated charcoal is said to be medicinal. It’s the byproduct of slowly burnt wood, peat or coconut shells that is treated with oxygen.

How does it work?

Studies show that activated charcoal may be the most effective GI tract decontamination available. It can adsorb up to 50-60% of unwanted substances in the stomach and intestines when taken quickly after ingestion. It can even have a positive effect as long as two hours after ingestion!

In fact, emergency rooms routinely administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning. Next, it’s important to understand that when and how you take activated charcoal is incredibly important. Juice brands generally fail to mention that charcoal binds to everything in your system! Not only will charcoal help pull out any toxins floating around, it will also render medication taken in recent hours inert and prevent you from absorbing the nutrients in your food if taken within several hours of eating. The best time to drink charcoal is either at the start of the day if you won’t be having breakfast for several hours, or before bedtime, with dinner having been eaten several hours prior.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp granulated activated charcoal
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
Black Detox Smoothie

The charcoal's porous texture has a negative electrical charge, which causes it to attract positively charged molecules, such as toxins and gases. This helps it trap toxins and chemicals in the gut.

Because activated charcoal is not absorbed by your body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of your body through feces.

Black Detox Smoothie

My opinion

If the activated charcoal works or not, I don't know... I've been taking it from time to time, in small doses, and quite frankly I haven't noticed much of a difference. But with that being said, charcoal-tinted ice cream and candy and smoothies makes for excellent Instagram pictures so I will keep using it just for fun. Black-hued dishes are rare and unique — and lets be honest, doesn't it look really cool?! :P

Coolness aside: I recommend buying high quality and Pure Activated Coconut Charcoal. Everyone responds differently to different doses, so to avoid potential undesirable effects, such as constipation, please consult your doctor and use only as suggested.

Never take activated charcoal with prescription medications! Excessive charcoal consumption,  can result in constipation.

Final warning, if you use activated charcoal, it will stain your poop black. This is great because it tells you how long food takes to go through your bowel (called transit time). So don't be scared! :P

3 Delicious smoothies for beginners

Here's three beginner friendly smoothies that will keep you coming back for more!

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First of all, let's just talk about the most important factor when making a smoothies: The blender. The better your blender is, the better your smoothies will taste. If you don't have a high quality blender, here's three things to keep in mind:

  • use powdered ginger instead of fresh
  • skip the high fiber greens such as kale and go for the more easily digested such as spinach
  • blend longer, if you have a real cheap blender it might do the trick just to double your blending time
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For me, the awesomeness of smoothies lies in the fact that you can blend up a few raw veggies, a fruit or two, some seeds and some liquid and you'll have a proper nutritious meal ready. + The fact that you never would've eaten this mix of nutritious raw greens if it wasn't for this great thing we call smoothies!

Green smoothies (meaning smoothies with lots of greens and veggies and less fruit) are something you have to ease into. I've created 3 easy recipes that will make you fall in love with the smoothie lifestyle!

The formula for the perfect smoothie is basically:

Something really nutritious (cucumber, spinach, kale, cauliflower for example)
+ something creamy (e.g. banana or avocado)
+ some liquid (e.g. coconut water or plant milk)
+ something extra (e.g. seeds, berries, spices)

Ingredients that I always keep in my freezer

  • Cauliflower
  • Bananas (without peel, very importatant)
  • Berries
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
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Golden Milk Smoothie

Here's one of my favorite smoothies of all times! A super yummy anti-inflammatory smoothie packed with all that golden-milky-good stuff! Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 2 generous servings.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1,5 cups unsweetened oat milk
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
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Green Dream Smoothie

Here's a green plant powered smoothie packed with alkalizing greens! Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 2 generous servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup spinach fresh or 3-4 kale leafs, remember to remove the stem
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 avocado

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
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Strawberry Sunrise Smoothie

Here's a super creamy and delicious smoothie that tastes almost like a strawberry vanilla milkshake! Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 2 generous servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cups strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 beet (cooked if you want it sweeter and more easily digested)
  • 1 tbsp flax or chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

Enjoy!

Apple pie smoothie

Sweden’s most underrated season is upon us! The apple harvest is about to begin. Swedish apples are famous for being some of the best in the world!

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Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a real fruitylicious smoothie that might be considered more of a healthy dessert than your regular day to day smoothie! You guys know by now that I eating sugar and fruit less often nowadays... I very rarely find myself craving it anymore (thanks to a 60 day long cleanse I did a few months back, completely free from all kinds of sugar) What I do enjoy though is to still be creative and also have a small treat once in a while. The treat does not have to be sweet or sugary, it's more a matter of variety and to eat or drink something that's out of the ordinary for me...

Creativity and to try new things is extremely important for me and also a way for me too not get bored and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

This weekend I prepared a delicious dessert, Vegan dulce de leche and chocolate fudges! Yes, that's right! Dulce de leche made from coconut milk! How amazing is that?! Anyway's more about that in another post. Of course I'll be sharing that recipe with you too... :)

Apple pie smoothie

INGREDIENTS

Apple cinnamon swirl

  • 1 apple
  • 2 dates
  • 1 heaping tbsp almond butter or penut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger (optional)
  • pinch of salt

Apple smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients for the apple smoothie.
  2. Use a food possessor to mix together the ingredients for the apple cinnamon swirl.
  3. Using a spoon layer some apple-cinnamon swirl on the bottom of your glasses then pour the apple smoothie on top. Top with garnishes if you want and enjoy!
Apple pie smoothie

Apple pie with vanilla sauce has always been one of my favorite desserts. My mother and grandma always used to make it whenever the whole family got together or whenever we had guests. The combination of the slightly sweet and acidic apples with the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg takes me right back to my childhood. :) It's interesting how important tastes and flavors are to our memories.

Apple pie smoothie

This is a fairly healthy option to a quick treat that you can make yourself or your kids! It's very simple to make and it has all the yummy flavors of a freshly baked apple pie!

What we choose to nourish our bodies with plays a huge role in how we feel. I have found that I feel so much better in avoiding fruit and sugar every day. For me it's never about banning foods or putting unrealistic standards on myself. It's just about becoming more conscious and in tune with what makes me feel more energetic and peaceful both mentally and physically..


Love, N

Purple goodness smoothie + My new low sugar life

Pulsing greens with frozen bananas is a great way to get those chlorophyll nutrients. But if you’re trying to cut down on sugar, that means also saying good bye to super sweet banana based smoothies!

Purple godness smoothie

Hi guys! today I'm sharing with you a low fructose smoothie. Or maybe better described as a non banana based (but still very creamy) smoothie! I don't expect a "newbie" to drink this smoothie and love it! Haha, let's be honest... But if you're an unconventional, cutting edge smoothie drinker that's only looking for a power house of fuel instead of a solid meal, then this one is for you!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 3 tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1-2 date (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth. This smoothie is definitely thick enough to eat like a smoothie bowl if you want!
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass or a bowl
  3. Top with cacao nibs and coconut chips and enjoy!
Purple godness smoothie

How I started

As some of you might know. I've been changing my diet lately. The change isn't huge. Well, in the beginning it was, but now it's almost back to normal, except I'm trying to eat less sugary foods since I've noticed that it really wasn't making me feel good.

It all started when I decided to make a parasite cleanse in the beginning of April. It was a 30 day cleanse with herb supplements and no coffee, no fatty foods, no sugar (not even from fruit) and no white carbs. It was pretty hard in the beginning but felt right on so many levels!

My body had been screaming for something like this... Last year I developed symptoms like: fatigue, depression, anxiety, chin/neck acne and even panic attacks. I took naps every day and literally couldn't stay awake even when I tried to. My period became irregular for the first time in my life.

The symptoms


I went through many months feeling drained, exhausted from doing absolutely nothing and had no motivation what so ever to work out or go out and socialize. I made several changes this spring (went to a Kinesiologist among other things) and I firmly believe that all the things I did played a part in the improved state that I am in today. Having that said, I can tell you for sure that cutting out sugar, fruit and simple carbs has made a huge difference!

First of all, I'm very, very rarely craving sugar, sweets or desserts anymore! Second of all, I have lots of energy! I easily work out 2-3 times a week at the gym and do yoga 2-3 times a week on top of that.

Finally, I am almost never bloated anymore! This used to be a big problem for me... It's not that my body can't handle sugar or carbs, it's just that my body can't handle sugar or carbs every darn day! For example, I used to drink a smoothie based on bananas every single day. I also ate acai bowls regularly (with bananas, of course). As you can imagine this adds up to quite a few bananananas... Nothing wrong with that fine yellow fruit! It's just that now I've understood that maybe limiting my fruit/simple carbs intake to maybe once or twice a week works much better for my body.

Hormones and eating according to my cycle

I also started reading this book called WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, I decided to read this book after seeing a nutritionist that told me that I should look up PCOS. My symptoms were pretty obviously related to some kind of hormonal imbalance.

So I started reading the book and it taught me so much about hormones, the menstrual cycle, gut flora, and eating food that works better with our female rhythmAlisa has developed a way to live in harmony with our endocrine system. She talks about the best exercises and foods to eat according to our cycle. She talks about how to incorporate rituals into your daily life that will help lower stress on your endocrine system. She also talks about how to harness our female energy and lower our masculine energy. I highly recommend every woman to read this book!

Purple godness smoothie

So basically the solution for me has been to eat more foods that stabilizes my blood sugar, that means more (natural, unheated) fat and less fruit & carbs. Other than that, working out regularly has been really important for me as well as other activities and rituals that lowers stress in the body.

If you have experienced some or all of the symptomes that I've talked about, I really recommend the WomanCode!

And guys! Don't worry, I will still post delicious recipes of raw cakes and desserts! I have not excluded fruits entirely out of my diet, I've just cut down on it! And I'm expanding my horizons when it comes to smoothie and all that kind of good stuff that I eat every day... Like not having fruit smoothies or not having lots of sweeteners in my granola for example.

Golden milk smoothie

One thing that I simply can't get enough of is Golden Milk! Here's a super yummy anti-inflammatory smoothie packed with all that golden-milky-good stuff!

Golden milk smoothie recipe

What is golden milk? Well, it's not milk(dairy) at all, actually... At least not as I'm used to making it. If you've never tried traditional Golden milk, head over to my post about it here. If you have, I'm sure you're already a huge fan... Because, well, there's not really another option... :P

With all of it's heating spices, Golden Milk is a great way to increase digestion and circulation. The basis of golden milk is a combination of the warming turmeric, black pepper and ginger along with some cinnamon and cardamom mixed in some plant based milk.

Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory that exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including antimicrobial activity as well as potent anti-cancer properties. Turmeric is known to lowers inflammation and blood sugar levels in the body.

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Think that black pepper sounds like a weird ingredient for a smoothie? Think again!

It is much more beneficial to take black pepper with turmeric because it helps the body absorb the turmeric.

The human body has a tough time utilizing curcumin (the naturally occurring chemical compound in turmeric) effectively. However just a small amount of black pepper boosts bio availability of curcumin by up to 2000%.

Golden milk smoothie vegan recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1,5 cups unsweetened oat milk
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
Golden milk smoothie

This smoothie is not overly sweet yet very tasty! This is something that works almost as a dessert for me since I love the taste of the spices combined with the creaminess of this smoothie!

If you have problems with digestion or chronic inflammations you might want to consider incorporating more turmeric into your diet. This smoothie is a super easy way to do that!

Golden milk smoothie vegan recipe

For those of you who'd like to cut down on sugar and fruit. Here's a low fructose version of this wonderful smoothie!

Miracle smoothie - high fat, low fructose

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cups unsweetened oat milk
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 pitted date or 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

About...

The maple syrup's glycemic reaction has been found to be low. This is because the maple syrup contains naturally blood sugar regulating molecules in combination with a type of plantbased hormone that counteract insulin resistance. Maple syrup also contains polyphenols, a natural anti inflammatory and antioxidant substance.

Dates are also low on the glycemic index, especially when combined with nuts or seeds. Dates are usually my first choice for sweetening, but it's important not to have too many if you have problems with blood sugar, hormonal problems or have diabetes.

Enjoy!