I just started an online program in holistic nutrition. It’s a one-year course from which I will (hopefully) obtain a health coach certification. To this day, transitioning into a plant-based lifestyle has mostly been an exploratory journey. Although I read a lot of books and articles about holistic nutrition, I wanted to have a more structured education on the subject. I’m realizing more and more that one of my goals in life is to help others. Help those that are in difficulty regain hope and improve their lives. This is no easy task. And I believe that my own personal experience could be a valuable tool. I want to deepen the knowledge I have of my own body and mind in order to help people figure out what works for them. Because everyone of us is different, there is no one-size-fits-all formula. It’s not about what kind of diet we follow or how often you work out, it’s about listening to what our inner voice tells us in order to find fulfillment in every aspects of our lives. What nourishes us goes beyond the realm of food. You could be drinking a green juice everyday and still feel sick and miserable. Our relationships, career, creativity, spiritual beliefs and practices, environment, sexuality… all contribute to our overall happiness. It’s easy to get lost in the health craze of eating kale and drinking kombucha everyday, but none of it is actually healthy if we ignore what our body really wants and needs. Our body is extremely smart, so we should always be wary of the messages it’s trying to communicate to us.
What I am trying to get at is that it’s okay to crave a chocolate smoothie three hours after eating a (very) consistent breakfast. We don’t have to pay attention to that little voice in our head saying “no, you shouldn’t do that”. Instead, we should give more power to what our gut is saying. And if it’s telling us we deserve a little treat, then that’s how it should be! There is really no guilt in indulging a bit if that’s what our body craves. And there is even less guilt when the indulgence consists of natural ingredients. I literally had to remind myself to slow down while sipping on this smoothie, otherwise I would have downed it in one take. There’s something pretty magical about combining chocolate, strawberry and mint. It’s one of those matches made in heaven. Add some maca in there and we’ve got ourselves the tastiest and most energizing treat. It’s actually hard not to feel some sort of shame because it’s almost like having dessert in the middle of the day. It’s naturally sweet. It’s simple. It’s a keeper.
Choco Strawberry Mint Smoothie – serves: 1 | prep time: 5 min | cooking time: none
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 medjool dates
- About 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maca powder (optional)
Start by soaking the dates in filtered water. Prepare all your ingredients and place them in a high-speed blender. Blend until reaching a smooth consistency. Try not to drink it to fast!