Yes, I’m well aware that it’s a total cliche to post a green superfood smoothie at the top of the New Year; but this recipe, adapted from the fabulous Oh She’s Glows blog, was the cornerstone of my Whole 30 experience. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake but with a host of different nutrients to power me through each morning. I know spinach and chocolate sounds dicey, but I promise you can’t even taste it. Even now that I’ve finished my Whole-30 challenge, I still find myself making this for breakfast most mornings.
It’s lot easier to throw a bunch of stuff in a blender each morning than cook the egg, veggie and sausage type breakfasts typical of the Whole 30/Paleo diet. When blending greens, veggies and seeds it’s important to have a high power blender. Some of my friends swear by the Vitamix but I’m not willing to shell out that kind of money. I purchased the Magic Bullet NutriBullet over a year ago and it still works like a champ.
Depending on what I had on hand, I’d tweak and tailor the recipe to change things up – A few slices of avocado, why not? Cinnamon, flaked sea salt, flax seeds, cashews, cayenne, vanilla, coconut milk, I experimented almost daily with this shake. I’ve discovered my new found love of protein/omega rich hemp hearts. And I finally figured out the perfect use of the latest superfood Maca powder. Of course, there were some fails too: ginger (does NOT go with chocolate!) spirulina (I attempted the ultimate super foodie shake and it was absolutely disgusting. Don’t do it!). Feel free to have fun with this recipe, adding any Whole-30 approved foods to the mix. Enjoy!
Whole 30 Breakfast Shake
Makes 1 serving
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1-2 very soft dates, pitted and chopped**
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1-2 tsp Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder
- 2 tbsp unsweetened Cacao Powder
- 2-3 tbsp Hemp Hearts
- 1 ice cube (optional)
- Optional dash of cinnamon or sea salt
** If your dates are not soft, soak overnight otherwise they might not blend into the shake. If you’re not doing the Whole 30 challenge, you can also sub a drizzle of honey.
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and Enjoy!
*Adapted from Oh She Glows