dairy-free vanilla protein smoothie
recently i had the opportunity to lead a small group on a winter adventure. although it was an online group program it reminded me of the wilderness trips i used to lead. it was a top notch group of participants and we had an exciting 7-days without coffee, alcohol or refined sugar.
no coffee, sugar, or alcohol?
no coffee, sugar, or alcohol and i consider it fun? don’t get me wrong. you know i enjoy my coffee but i also enjoy taking a break from anything i really love. i’m able to observe how i react once it’s re-introduced and better evaluate whether it’s something that serves me or not.
when most people hear the word cleanse. they think of bird food. of starvation and deprivation. of discomfort and struggle.
by day 2 of the no frills, the adventurers asked if it was ok not to eat the afternoon snack found on the meal plan because they were so full. feedback i love hearing from people who are cleansing!
personally, i’m not one to cleanse for extended stretches of time and i’m much more interested in a few shorter detoxes throughout the year. this keeps me feeling my best.
it starts to get easy–there’s a rhythm and like anything it becomes a practice.
a practice of noticing habits.
at first, 7-days without coffee, alcohol and sugar might not sound very exciting but once you get rolling you barely notice what you’ve eliminated and it’s exciting to find new foods and food combinations to work with.
there’s weight to be lost, energy gained and most of all there is confidence in your own willpower to boost.
one mistake i see a lot of people making when choosing to eat healthier or choosing to move towards a plant-based diet is thinking that they need to eat less when in fact, we most likely need to eat MORE. the first thing most people i work with say:
tell me what i need to quit eating…..i’m ready.
however, when we focus on eating mindfully, there are so many foods we’re able to eat in unlimited amounts AND when we are eating enough foods–we won’t succomb to cravings or feel the urge to snack at night.
thus improving our sleep.
it’s a win. win.
and there are a number of wins that came out of the adventure but similar to the wilderness trips i used to lead, it’s challenging to explain to those not on the adventure…because it’s something that happened on this trip we were on.
back to the smoothie. it’s creamy. flavorful. and it’s the one thing i was craving during the adventure. let me know what you think in the comment section below about the smoothie or cleansing and detoxing!
vanilla dairy-free protein smoothie
2 cups superfood frenzy hemp milk or other milk alternative
1/2 up to 1 frozen ripe banana
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
3 teaspoons maca powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 fresh vanilla bean or 1/4 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
put everything in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. i prefer the consistency after letting this sit for a few minutes before devouring because it will thicken up and it feels like a milkshake.
*note: i do NOT have any affiliation with a maca or hemp protein company nor do i have a company i am loyal to, however i have tried a number of both and have currently been using manitoba harvest hemp pro fiber and navitas naturals maca powder for reference.