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It’s been a long time since I’ve had a breakfast shake or smoothie that I loved. In recent days I’ve opted for a banana and almond butter as my quick and easy go-to breakfast. But sometimes that leaves me hungry in less than an hour, and I find myself in the kitchen eating “second breakfast.”
So when Aloha sent me their Chocolate Organic Protein Powder that’s non-gmo, plant based, and best of all stevia-free (it’s sweetened with coconut sugar instead!) – I knew I had a new go-to breakfast situation on my hands. I promise this breakfast shake isn’t like those gross weight-loss shakes of the 90s and 2000s. This Turmeric Chocolate Breakfast Shake has both great flavor and real nutritional benefits. And it will leave you feeling fuller for longer.
Plus Aloha’s protein powder is now made with MCT oil, which is a super good-for-you fat usually derived from coconut oil, so you can feel sustained and nourished. I even added a little bit of ghee (which you could substitute with coconut oil), to round out your fat intake and keep you fueled.
The other pretty great additions to this shake are the nut butter (for creaminess and protein) and the fresh turmeric and ginger (for anti inflammatory, immune boosting, and flavor bonuses). It’s a very simple recipe, that you can easily incorporate into your life and just elevated the basic morning smoothie/shake. I hope you enjoy it! xo.
Turmeric Chocolate Breakfast Shake
This Turmeric Chocolate Breakfast Shake has tons of healthy fats (like MCT oil), protein, and flavor, making it the perfect way to start your day!
- 1 medium banana, frozen
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 scoops Aloha Chocolate Organic Protein Powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 tsp ghee (sub coconut oil)
- 1 tbsp fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- banana slices
- bee pollen
Peel your turmeric and ginger, then use a microplane to grate them into recommended amounts.
Add all ingredients to a blender.
Blend on high until smooth.
Pour into a cup. Top with banana slices and bee pollen (if desired).
We’re a few weeks into 2019, and I wanted to check in. How is this year treating you? How are you treating you? How’s your heart?
Around this time, I usually go on an angry rant against the diet industry that is trying to take our money and break our spirit at the same time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still angry. But I wanted to focus on *why* I’m angry.
I’m angry because I feel protective of you. Of your heart. Of your mind.
I feel protective because I’ve been there. I’ve been on the opposite side of where I stand today, wishing that the new year would gift me with a new body and a new mind that would like that body and a new heart that wasn’t crumbling into a thousand pieces. I wanted “new year, new me” to be true so badly that I gave into every fad, fix, and promise of a better life.
And I kicked myself around when I failed to magically morph into a person that I liked. I hated the fact that the same me was going to follow me around for the rest of my life – continuing to show up each and every new year.
That was until I realized that you can’t hate yourself into a version of yourself that you love. It doesn’t work that way.
You will have this same body and heart and mind for the rest of your life. They will all grow and change and morph and adapt, but they are still yours. No replacement necessary.
So I’m angry because I know that the pressure that this time of year brings, can rob you of your self love. It can trick you into believing that a new you is just around the corner. It can hold you hostage to living your own life, in exchange for dreaming of a “better” life.
If that has been your path so far or if you relate to this path, it’s okay. Forgive yourself. Forgive yourself deeply and abundantly. That’s where it must begin.
The work of self love is long and can be scary to start. It means you have to give up on your dreams of becoming a new person. It means you have to come to accept your own mind and heart. These are not easy asks.
But I suppose a good place to start (especially in this new year, new you season), is to switch from resolutions to intentions. Resolutions come with that icky “if-I-fail-I’m-a-failure” kind of feeling. And intentions are just simple. Goals to work toward. Things you intend to work on. No punishment attached.
I challenge you to make a list of intentions. Make this list void of anything that skews negative. Make this list void of any quiet sneaky intent to change you into a new you.
Maybe you focus on helping others. Or maybe you focus on self love. Or maybe you focus just on self-kindness. Or kindness.
This year, I hope you grow to love and accept the version of you that already exists. Because I can promise you that it’s magic. I can promise you it has a lot to offer. I can promise you that you don’t need a new you. xo.