If there’s one piece of equipment that gets a lot of use in our kitchen it would be our Vitamix. I make a Pregnancy Smoothie every day, my husband makes a Crazy Healthy Smoothie each morning and Chloe an Avocado Shake at least twice a week. At first when Gemma was born we would try to hold her when we turned it on as we were worried the noise may scare her, but she’s gotten so used to it being on throughout the day, she barely flinches when we turn it on.
Throughout January we’ve been making even more smoothies, juice and soups in our blender as it’s one of the easiest ways to get tons of nutrition with foods that are also easy to digest and just make you feel good all over. Especially while I’m nursing I’m trying to drink as much liquid as possible to produce as much milk as possible. This week I wanted to make something sweet in the middle of the day so I whipped up this Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie. I was craving chocolate, but didn’t want anything too heavy so I took a few handfuls of frozen banana chunks that we always keep in a huge zipper bag in the freezer, almond butter, pure unsweetened cocoa powder, hemp seeds and unsweetened vanilla almond milk to make what turned out to be the closest healthy creation to a frosty milkshake I’ve ever consumed. If you’ve ever had a Frosty from Wendy’s (my childhood fast food craving), this would be it’s good for you cousin. Cold and creamy, but also nutritious.
I popped a few extra glasses in the freezer and right before it was time to pick up the kids we grabbed them to take to school for pick up with wide straws. When the kids saw them their eyes totally lit up! They thought it was the most decadent midday treat I had ever brought them. They were enjoying them so much I didn’t even need to tell them they’re actually good for them!
Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie (makes about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 chopped frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.