Here we are, another Monday! The last of my Mondays in Kingston for a while! Soon it’s off to the big, bad city ;) It was so nice to spend the last weekend at home, not working! I got to relax, see some friends and get stuff done. I even bought myself my first ever young thai coconut and hacked it open. Oh man the water in those things is ridiculously delicious. I can’t wait to experiment with the meat!
Two more workdays, three at home then that’s it! With an early birthday celebration to boot. When you put it that way it sounds ridiculously close.
Thank you all for your great response to my guest post over at Go Bake Yourself on Saturday! It was so fun to write for a little of a different audience and show people how delicious healthy is. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so here. I shared a recipe for Raw Pineapple Shortbread bars that are a great way to say goodbye to summer. While I’m sad summer is over, I am so excited for the possibilities of fall. Plus you know what fall means? PUMPKIN. So pumped. In fact I may have already created a little something pumpkin-y. I just couldn’t resist!
Anyway, pumpkin is not what this post is about. What this post is about is chocolate. More specifically frozen chocolate delciousness.
When I decided to change up my diet for a while to kick this candida business to the curb, the thing I missed the most was smoothies. There’s something about blending up a frozen banana with other fruits, veggies and other add-ins that is like nothing else. I was missing it so much that I began to search for alternatives. I tried out a cranberry smoothie with an avocado for creaminess and while it was good, it wasn’t what I was looking for.
Then I happened upon something magical. Psyllium seed powder.
This stuff thickens and gels a mixture like crazy! Seriously- put in some almond milk and a few other powders with a little psyllium and you get this thick gel. As soon as I discovered these powers, I delved in a little deeper.
Psyllium seed is an amazing source of fiber. Just to give you an idea, psyllium husks contain 71g of fiber per 100g, whereas oat bran, a commonly recommended source of fiber contains only 5g per100g. Now you would never eat 100g of psyllium seed, but a little goes a long way! It helps us feel full for longer and helps clear out our digestive track. In this sense it is great for loads of different digestive issues including irritable bowl syndrome and ulcerative colitis. It has also been shown to improve many other aspects of health such as:
- reducing cholesterol
- prevents gallstones
- facilitates weight loss
- stabilizes blood sugar
- and even prevents against cancers like colon and breast!
I had so much fun playing with this ingredient! It doesn’t really have a taste so you can throw it in anything without worrying about a funny taste and when you toss in some ice, I swear, the texture is so similar to a smoothie made with a frozen banana. Almost milkshake-like. Throw in a little more ice. Well you’ve got yourself some ice cream. How cool is that?
Psyllium seed husks are available whole or in powdered form. In this recipe I used the powder so I’m not sure how the whole husks would work but definitely give it a shot!
I also included an incredible source of omega 3s in the form of either chia or flax seeds. Both work great and provide an easy way to get your daily dose in. Plus they help to thicken this that much more!
This milkshake or ice cream is incredibly rich tasting and smooth. It is packed with fiber from the psyllium, omega 3s from the chia or flax and antioxidants from the cacao powder. Feel free to include 1/2 or all carob if you prefer to avoid the caffeine and get some extra calcium. Sweetened only with stevia it’s truly the healthiest milkshake or ice cream you will ever have! Well I mean, you could always blend some greens in there if you wanted, for bonus points.
Omega-3 and Fiber Rich Chocolate Milkshake (or Ice Cream) (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)
Ingredients (1 drink/bowl)
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp cacao powder (or 1/2 carob powder or all carob)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds or chia seeds (gets a little thicker with chia, and I used whole chia seeds, no need to grind before)
- 1/2 tbsp psyllium seed powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 7 drops chocolate stevia (or to taste)
- pinch sea salt
- 1 cup ice for a milkshake, or about 1 1/2 cups for ice cream
- optional: 1 tsp instant coffee or herbal coffe substitute like Dandy Blend (helps give it a super rich flavour)
Add everything, except the ice to a blender and blend. It should get really thick. Then add the ice and blend again until the ice is fully crushed and incorporated! Serve with a straw or spoon and enjoy your delicious treat!
Hope you all have wonderful Mondays! Remember, it’s the start of a new week, with no mistakes in it :)