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Feel Good Smoothie: Two Ways

Things have been pretty grey here in Toronto lately and if you’re anything like me there is a direct correlation between dreary weather & dreary moods.

So…what’s been keeping my spirits up lately?

Sad/Sweet/Seasonal Music
Autumn isn’t always easy. Its sad saying so long to summer and hello to months of blustery cold. Albums like these make me feel better about the prospect of staying in & sipping tea till March rolls around.  

  • Feist: Metals
  • Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues 
  • St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
  • Cults: Cults
  • Youth Lagoon: The Year of Hibernation
Good Mood Foods
Yesterday I had the good fortune of attending a seminar by Joy McCarthy (a holistic nutritionist, writer and all around lovely lady working in the Toronto area) on the subject of how food can be used improve your overall emotional and mental health….and not in the midnight-binge-on-haagen-daaz kinda way 😉
I love Joy’s approach to health and wellness because she provides sound nutritional advice focusing on organic and whole foods , but she doesn’t shy away from talking about how issues like stress, anxiety and depression can be just as important when it comes to your overall health and happiness. In this workshop she even touched upon how issues of sexuality and sexual health can be tied to food and emotional eating. I know, right? She’s awesome. I’m such a fan.
Anyhow, I don’t wanna go into all the details of the good mood foods Joy suggests but I whipped up a little smoothie this morning with Joy in mind so I thought I’d share the recipe with you:
Good Morning Good Mood Smoothie
B vitamins abound in this smoothie from the leafy greens, plus heavy duty antioxidant power in the cacao & berries, blood sugar balancing protein and cinnamon and an omega blast in the chia and flax combo. I felt like a freaking superhero after knocking back this thick and tasty conconction.
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 big handful of leafy greens (spinach has a very mild flavour but I also like kale or swiss chard)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (mixed frozen berries also work)
  • 1 scoop plain raw brown rice protein powder
  • 1 big heaping scoop of raw cacao (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp flax oil
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup OR 1/2 tbsp spoonable stevia
  • 1 hefty sprinkle of cinnamon
  • a few drops of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1-1.5 cups almond milk**
    (I often half the almond milk in this recipe and use part brewed coffee instead for a chocolate mocha treat)
And just in case you wanna get crazy with me…I figured I better show you how I really enjoy my smoothies.
Like a huge bowl of super thick chocolate milk topped with extra cocoa powder, frozen raspberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, raw oats and nature’s path kamut puffs. Strange? Possibly. But trust…it’s delicious. Have I ever lead you astray?
Hope you’re having a happy, healthy, joy-full day!  🙂

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  • Reply Alexiasana October 22, 2011 at 3:34 am

    this smoothie looks delicious. i started adding cocoa powder to just about anything! i just love it!

    • Reply the healthy hipster November 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      The only trouble with my cocoa is that I run out of the stuff so quickly…gotta start buying in bulk like I do with my carob powder!

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