Like a lot of people I have been a little tired since Christmas, I think the time off combined with some the late nights have made it hard to get back to full-time hours. I’m loving the sunshine this week and I have had some nice runs .
I restart my swim training tonight at 9pm so I started thinking about dinner, and wondering what I could eat that would fuel my swim and not make me feel even more tired. Digestion takes about 50% of our energy, which is a lot, and if you are already tired it’s 50% of less energy. A lot of people will skip workouts when they are tired, but I won’t , I will go and give 100% of what I have, skipping workouts leads to a slippery slope of giving up. So I try to eat raw foods that require minimal digestion and food that will fuel me for a workout. Tonight I opted for an easily digestible smoothie for dinner.
I tried making a chocolate smoothie today from a recipe that was posted on Facebook and it was a huge “fail”, watery and very bland. But I had a hankering for chocolate so I googled vegan/chocolate/smoothies and found this amazing recipe on the Oh-She-Glows blog.
I just had to share this recipe because its fantastic, its thick, creamy and great tasting. I love using frozen banana’s they give smoothies a rich creamy texture similar to milkshakes. This smoothie was filling but I found myself needing more about and hour later so opted for a big green salad with a homemade hummus dressing which I made in about 5 mins in my blender.
I’m loving hemp seeds right now I’m adding them to smoothies, oatmeal and sprinkling them on my salads. They are a real super food, here are some of the benefits;
- Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.
- More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food.
- Rich in Vitamin E.
- Increases energy levels & metabolic rate.
Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie for Two
(I would suggest chopping the dates before adding them as they didn’t blend well)
Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free
3 1/2 cups (2 servings)Prep Time
2 cups almond milk
2-3 pitted large Medjool dates, to taste (I use 2)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 large peeled and frozen banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 large ice cubes
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until super smooth.
Tip: 1) This recipe yields a fairly thin consistency. If you want a thicker shake-like texture, try reducing the milk to 1.5 cups instead of 2 cups or go wild and add a scoop of your favorite non-dairy ice cream. 2) If your dates are a bit firm or dry, soak them in water for 30-60 minutes before making this smoothie. You can also swap the dates for liquid sweetener if desired. Just reduce the almond milk a bit so it’s not too thin.