Category Archives: Shakes

Mint-chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

mint smoothie

Today is the first day of my big 2L summer internship. For those of you who are not in the law school bubble, this is kind of a big scary deal! How I perform at the firm this summer is crucial–as it could determine whether or not I have a job offer post-graduation. But I’ll be OK–I’ve got my mint chocolate goodness here to keep me fueled and focused. This lovely smoothie tastes like a mint-chocolate girl scout cookie (without the GMOs or artificial ingredients) and has been doing a great job of waking me up in the mornings. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Ingredients:

1 large fistful of mint leaves

1 tablespoon of carob or cacao powder

5 ice cubes

1 cup of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of coconut nectar (optional–you can also use 1-2 dates or a teaspoon of honey)

1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional)

Blend together on high speed. Garnish with a mint leaf. Enjoy!

 

Alana’s Be-Detoxed Juice

I’m sure you’ve heard that everyone–from Gwyneth Paltrow to Nicole Ritchie– has been juicing, and for good reason. Juicing is amazing for your body. For those of us who don’t love the taste of raw vegetables, it provides an easy way to get 4 servings of veggies in one sitting. It is also a great way to allow all the nutrients from raw vegetables go straight to your system while relieving your body of the task of digesting.  I’ll definitely be writing more about juicing throughout this blog, but for now I want to give you my recipe for a tasty (even for those who don’t like the taste of green juices) immune boosting, detoxifying juice. This is something I drink whenever I feel low on energy, or when I just feel like I need to get rid of something in my system. The lemon and apple cuts through the taste, so you won’t even feel like you’re drinking greens!

Alana’s Be-Detoxed juice

1 Beet Leaf (beet leaves are VERY detoxifying, so make sure to keep it to one if you are a beginner)

1 Bunch of Cilantro–Cilantro has amazing benefits! It aids digestion and is reported to act as a natural chelation treatment for the removal of heavy metals.

1 Bunch of Chard (with the stems)

1 Cucumber

2 celery stalks

1 Lemon

1/4 of a Ginger Root

1 Apple (Cored and Sliced)

Place all items in a juicer and let it do its magic! For those of you that don’t have a juicer, most juice spots/health stores have these ingredients and will be happy to juice them all together for you!

ALANA’S FEEL-GOOD COCO MOCHA

 

When the summertime hits, sometimes all I want is a sweet chocolatey milkshake. But there is no need for me to run to the next hormone-filled, mucus forming concoction available at the nearest diner or Starbucks. No, no. I’ve got something better. I call it the Feel-Good Coco Mocha because it tastes like a Java Chip Frappucino but has an extreme amount of feel-good nutrients that will leave you with a feeling of awesomeness instead of a sugar crash. Perfect for a post-workout or for when you just need a pick-me-up. I promise—you will be hooked!

Ingredients

1 cup of coconut water (if you want to make a larger portion, add regular water or almond milk as well)

2 tablespoons of chia seeds soaked for 10 minutes

1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter

¼ avocado

1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao/carob powder

1 pinch of vanilla extract

1 pinch of liquid stevia (optional, if you want a little more sweetness)

Ice (optional)

Throw it all in a blender and hit blend!

What’s Great About the Coco Mocha

Coconut water: Coconut water is extremely hydrating, and contains the electrolytes potassium and magnesium. Magnesium is extremely helpful for reducing stress and belly fat, whereas potassium is great for rehydration.

Chia Seeds: I know I talk about chia seeds all the time, but that’s because they are AMAZING. The tahamurara tribe drinks water with chia seeds to fuel up for 3 day, 50 mile runs (check out the book “Born to Run” if you want to learn more about them).  The seeds absorb water, giving the smoothie a thicker texture and making it more filling.

Cacao: Cacao is a nutrient-rich superfood. Who would’ve though chocolate could be so good for you?  Cacao also has magnesium, along with serotonin (which is often deficient in those suffering from depression). In addition, it has more cancer-fighting antioxidants than green tea, red wine, and goji berries combined!

Carob: Although not as nutrient dense as cacao, carob powder is a great source of calcium and has less caffeine and calories than cacao. Both forms of chocolate have excellent cancer-fighting properties.

Avocado and Almond Butter: Tons of fatty acids to keep you satisfied and to keep your skin glowing and radiant!

Not to mention, its absolutely DELICIOUS, if I do say so myself. ;) Enjoy!