OK. So, it’s an almond milk shake and its more of a protein shake, and I suppose it eventually can bring boys to my yard. But what I know for sure, the shake I make every morning for breakfast brings me a daily dose of good stuff and regular BM’s. Are you thinking to yourself ‘Did she just say “BM”‘? Yes, I did and yes, I am referring to my poop. If you’ve had the pleasure of knowing me for a long time, you know I am unfiltered and will occasionally discuss the joys of a daily BM and how upsetting it is to me when I don’t have one. I’ve talked to a lot of people about how important it is, especially if you are a meat eater, not eating organic and if your diet consists of mainly processed, packaged foods. Imagine all of that just sitting in your gut, rotting, wreaking havoc on your body. That junk needs to move.
I am not going to go into the science of it, I’ll let the lovely people at the Chopra Center give you a brief Ayurvedic lesson on the importance of a properly functioning digestive system http://www.chopra.com/agni. What I do want to share with you is a great recipe that I got years ago from the lovely Debbie Ford. I’ve typed it up so many times and have shared it with many friends, old and new. People always ask for it, so now you can have it too. I am not really into supplements, and I try to eat my suggested daily servings of fruits and veggies, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I’ll drink a green juice too when I can get it, but this way I can start my day off covered, for the most part. Her recipe is extensive and can get expensive. What I suggest is starting off with the full monty and remove what you feel is excessive. I’m including my version of it as well that has served me well. She calls it a love potion. I like that.
• Chocolate Soy Dream
• Equal amount of Vanilla Rice Dream
• Ripe bananas (or frozen bananas if you like your shake cold)
• 1 scoop of organic fresh or frozen berries
• 4 heaping teaspoons of organic cacao nibs (I use David Wolfe’s cacao nibs. Cacao is supposed to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.)
• 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I like chocolate. You can use any kind you like.)
• 1 big heaping handful of fresh spinach (It doesn’t seem like a likely partner, but you’ve got to get your greens in.)
• 1 big heaping scoop of Vitamineral Green (Be careful not to put too much of this in. You can ruin the whole thing and make it taste too green.)
• Some organic shelled hemp seed (Hemp seeds are a great source of protein and Omega-3s. The girls at VitaLife and my friend Cheryl Richardson, another queen of green drink, swear by it.)
• Some good water
Blend the ingredients for a minute. And voila, you have health and happiness in a glass. If you’re looking for more love, more passion and more inner and outer strength, this is a worthy recipe.
Read her post about it here: http://shadowblog-df.blogspot.com/2009/05/love-potion.html
• 1/2 banana
• handful of strawberries
• handful of spinach
• vanilla almond milk (I use unsweetened and then add a little agave, but if you use regular, you don’t need the agave) I use around 3/4 – 1 cup
• scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood, chocolate flavor
• 2 scoops hemp protein plus fiber*** (that’s the good stuff)
• hemp seed when I have them
• 1/4 cup water