Hidden Veggies Smoothie Series: Part 4
Chocolate is out on the Autoimmune Protocol. Which can SUCK... if you don't know about carob powder!
Carob powder is made from the pods of the Carob tree native to the Mediterranean. The pulp from the ads is dried and then ground into carob powder. It is naturally sweet and high in fiber, without the caffeine that chocolate contains! The pectin in it was traditionally used to help ease stomach troubles and stop diarrhea (I know- not what you want to hear in a recipe post, butttt knowledge!).
So you can use carob powder to make all things to replace chocolate. For today, we are using it in a smoothie to get that rich chocolatey taste!
This recipe is Autoimmune Protocol friendly, Paleo, Primal, gluten free, grain free, Whole30, & dairy free!
What Makes this High-Vibing Food?
First and foremost, putting your own love, gratitude, time and energy into making foods at home will automatically raise the vibration of the foods/meal. This will also help to balance your sacral and heart chakras. Putting your love into the food you prepare will literally raise the vibrational frequency as love is the highest vibration out there!
You are what you eat and what your food eats. Using organic, GMO free, free/pasture raised, wild caught, minimally processed ingredients lead to an overall higher vibrational frequency. Basically, eating organic provides us extra energy currency!
This dish is rich in collagen, which is grounding and protective. It also supports the root chakra.
Contains iron, which is supportive for your root chakra.
This recipe is heavy in water, which supports the sacral chakra.
This recipe is full of healthy fats, which supports the sacral chakra.
This recipe is higher in carbohydrates, providing the solar plexus chakra with both long-lasting sugar sources (like fiber) and quick acting sugars like glucose.
This recipe is high in fiber, which supports all three of the lower chakras as it aides in the movement and flow of bulk during the digestive processes.
Contains yellow/tan/golden colored foods, which help raise the body’s frequency to that of the solar plexus, helping to balance it.
Contains leafy greens, which are especially supportive to the heart chakra as they contain life force, layers and depth.
Contains raw veggies, which are especially balancing to the heart chakra as they contain balancing cooling properties.
Contains green colored foods, which support and balance the heart chakra.
This recipe contains dark blue and purple pigments, which balance the third eye chakra while also protecting from spiritual overuse or negativity.
A Short Note on Swaps or Ingredients:
*While I cannot guarantee that using these swaps will yield the same flavors I have create in this recipe, these swaps should generally work well! *
Use carob powder, which has a sweet chocolatey taste to it (but is not chocolate) if you're avoiding chocolate, caffeine, or in the strict phase of the AIP. But you can also use cocoa powder if you're not avoiding chocolate!
Be sure your coconut milk is full fat and unsweetened. For the strict phase of the AIP, be sure there are no added gums (the only ingredients should be coconut/coconut meat and water).
If you don't use the brand of collagen I suggest below, Primal Kitchen, be sure your collagen peptides are grassfed. If you want to learn more about this amazing protein click HERE to read my article all about it!
Equipment Needed to Create this Recipe:
high-powered blender ( I use my Vitamix)
"Chocolate” Green Breakfast Smoothie
(gluten free & AIP/paleo)
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: none Yield: 2
1.5 frozen bananas
2 oz. of fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 large handful of spinach
1 cup coconut milk, full fat and unsweetened
2 tbsp. carob powder (you can also use cocoa powder if you're not AIP)
2 scoop collagen peptides
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. vanilla bean powder
Water to achieve your desired texture
How to Create this Recipe:
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.
Add your water. The amount will depend on the consistency you want. For a smoothie texture add enough water to the pitcher (when it’s already full of ingredients) to get about half way full of water. For a juice consistency fill your blender pitcher almost full of water.
Blend your smoothie, starting from low speed and working your way to the highest speed, until all the ingredients are blended and smooth. You may need to use your tamper to get everything blended thoroughly! Blend until smooth and the consistency is that of a smoothie.
Feel free to add ice if you want a thicker smoothie texture!
If you do not have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you will need to chop up all of the ingredients very well in order to get a smooth, blended consistency.
Serving Size: 1 (based off of 2 servings total)
Fat: 19 g
Carbs: 35 g
Protein: 12 g
*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.