Makes 2 Servings
- Bananas – 2
- Dates – 4
- Elmhurst: (Unsweetened) Almond Milk – 1 cup
- Forager Project: Organic, Dairy-Free (Vanilla-Bean) Cashew Yogurt – 1 container (24 oz)
- 1st Phorm: (Unflavored) Collagen + Dermaval – 2 scoops
- Avocado – ½
- Cinnamon – ½ tbsp
- Ginger Powder – ½ tsp
- Vanilla Extract – ¼ tsp
- Thrive Market: Australian Manuka, Raw Honey – ½ tbsp
- Ice – 1 ½ cups
Combine in Blender:
- 2 bananas
- 4 dates
- 1 cup of (unsweetened) almond milk
- 1 container (24 oz) of organic, dairy-free (vanilla-bean) cashew yogurt
- 2 scoops of (unflavored) collagen + dermaval
- ½ an avocado, peeled; remove the seed
- ½ tbsp of cinnamon
- ½ tsp of ginger powder
- ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups of ice
- ½ tbsp of raw honey (If you can add ingredients into your blender as it blends, choose to add honey during the blending process to eliminate the chance of honey sticking to the sides of the blender.)
Switch to “Ice-Cream” mode (if your blender allows for it), blend, & enjoy!
Benefits & Substitutions:
Almonds are packed with vitamin E & loads of healthy fats that help to absorb more vitamin E. A half-cup (roughly 46 almonds) supplies around 100% of your daily vitamin E intake.
Elmhurst: Almond Milk is a dairy & gluten-free milk alternative with just two ingredients: almonds & water. Elmhurst also sells various other types of nut milk that you can swap out in this recipe! If you have a nut allergy, feel free to substitute for pasteurized goat’s milk! A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Yogurt with “live & active cultures” stimulate the immune system & help fight disease. Cashew yogurt is also dairy, soy, gluten-free, & a great source of vitamin D.
I use Forager Project: Organic, Dairy-Free (Vanilla-Bean) Cashew-Milk Yogurt as a base for this recipe; this yogurt is entirely plant-based, organic, vegan, gluten, dairy, & soy-free (it also includes probiotics). If you decide to use another base for your milkshake, always check the ingredients before choosing a product. Again, a good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Collagen is a key ingredient in keeping every joint, tendon, bone, & ligament in the body healthy. Collagen is found in all of these tissues & improves skin health, nail strength, & slows aging + more!
I aim towards the unflavored collagen powders (considering most flavored powders contain gums, natural flavors, and artificial sweeteners that harm the microbiome + negatively affect gut health)! I use 1st Phorm: (Unflavored) Collagen + Dermaval, which includes all five collagen types: hydrolyzed bovine, bovine bone broth, chicken, egg, & fish. If you choose a different product, make sure to double-check what types of collagen are included in the blend, as some may only have 2-4 different types. Also, dissect the nutrition labels for any harmful ingredients!
Maca is known for increasing libido in men & women & even can improve fertility in men. Other benefits of using maca include menopause symptom relief & enhancing mood by reducing anxiety.
Thrive Market has a variety of healthy alternatives. I order a bulk of seasonings, dressings, snacks, & other healthy options; they also have a membership that helps save money on each item by providing them at discounted prices! The best part? It’s delivered right to your door! I ordered Thrive Market: Australian Manuka, Raw Honey for this recipe, which comes in a BPA-free container & has only one ingredient: raw manuka honey! You could also use 100% blue agave instead of raw honey if you prefer. If you pick a different type of natural sweetener, make sure always to check the ingredient label! Again, a good rule of thumb is to look for products with five ingredients or less; if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Thrive Market: Organic Maca Powder is certified gluten, dairy, soy, & BPA-free, + more! The best part is it only has one ingredient: maca; however, there are various powders on the market, so if you decide on another product, please make sure to always check the ingredients before choosing! A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Dates are a great source of mood-boosting vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential in producing brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, specifically dopamine & serotonin.
Avocados are full of vitamin K & folate, which is known to help prevent stroke. Aside from boosting memory & concentration, avocados have a high dose of lutein, improving brain function.
Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein type that the body converts into mood-lifting serotonin in the body; they also contain vitamin B-6 that promotes serotonin & dopamine production, helping with concentration.
Get creative & have fun with this recipe! Figure out what you enjoy & what works best for your body! Listen & observe how your body feels before, during, & after a meal – this will help bring awareness to what you consume & the effects different foods have on your body.
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