Whether it's a rainy gloomy day or a warm summer's day we can all use some feel-good food! Food should not only be a pleasurable experience but it should also feel good in our bodies, don't you agree?
This is why we created two delicious recipes that will satisfy your tastebuds while being highly nutritious. We guarantee your body will thank you!
Feel good chocolate smoothie
What's better than a creamy and refreshing smoothie on a warm summer's day? Beats us!
Smoothies are an ideal breakfast, snack, or meal replacement if you are in a rush or on the go, without compromising your health.
What makes this smoothie so special?
Cacao. Did you think you had to give up chocolate? Chocolate is actually a health food, didn't you know? But hold up one second, before you grab your snicker's bar. Not all chocolate is created equal. Raw cacao is the pure unprocessed form of chocolate that provides many health benefits. Cacao is rich in nutrients like magnesium, iron, and potent antioxidants. It has been shown to have heart-protective and blood sugar balancing properties as well as reduce inflammation, cravings, and menstrual symptoms like PMS.
Maca is a caramel-like powder that actually comes from a root vegetable. It is highly nutritious containing various vitamins and minerals. It is known for its hormone-balancing properties as well as its energizing effects. Maca can also boost libido in men and women as well as improving fertility and menopausal symptoms.
Cinnamon is well known for its ability to lower blood sugar levels . This spice is a great addition to really any meal as it slows the break down of carbohydrates in the bloodstream and improves glucose uptake into the cell. Loaded with polyphenol antioxidants cinnamon can help lower inflammation and fight free radicals in the body.
Check out our smoothie recipe below, you'll never believe it's this healthy!
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup frozen banana
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until well smooth. Serve chilled.
Feel good butternut squash soup
Some days we just need a good bowl of warming soup! This veggie soup has the perfect combo of sweet and salty with a kick of spiciness.
Not only is soup easy to digest and gentle on the digestive system it's also a great way to sneakily get a lot of nutrients into your diet. Perfect for those picky eaters out there ;)
What makes this soup special?
Coconut oil is a great source of fat to cook with as it withstands high heat and contains lauric acid which has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The medium-chain triglycerides are quickly digested and can boost energy and metabolism.
Butternut squash is a gentle complex carb meaning its nourishing to the nervous system and won't spike blood sugar levels. It is also a nutritional powerhouse! Butternut squash is a rich source of provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
Ginger is a warming spice commonly used in herbal medicine due to its powerful medicinal properties. It contains anti-nausea properties and can help relieve menstrual cramping and pain associated with inflammation like osteoarthritis.
So what are you waiting for? Get to your stovetops!
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 small knob of ginger
- 1 diced butternut squash
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
3 cups filtered water
- 1 cup coconut milk
Heat a pot on medium heat with the coconut oil and onion and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the water, coconut milk, carrots, and squash and cook for 20 minutes until tender. Then add all ingredients to a high-speed blender (or blend with a hand blender) and blend until smooth. Serve hot!
Laurence Annez is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Health Coach, specializing in PCOS and women's hormones. She also holds a degree in Creative Writing and has extensive experience writing on health and wellness topics. Laurence's mission is to inspire and motivate individuals to take control of their own health and reach their ultimate health goals.