Triple Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Why eat cacao?

Cocao powder and nibs are extremely nutritional and powerful ingredients and superfood staples in my kitchen. They are high in magnesium, antioxidants, iron, omega fatty acids, flavanols, and fiber. They are one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet! Cocao nibs are made from pure cocao beans that come straight out of the tropical cocao fruit. The Cocao bean was culinary gold to Mesoamericans for many years and known as the "Food of Gods" for its superior nutritional profile and amazing flavor. Cocao powder is a great alternative to "cocoa" baking powder, because it is raw and  less processed than "cocao." Its rich in minerals and antioxidants and great to add to smoothies, baking and desserts.

I have so many in my cabinet, and just want to collect them all! Yes, it can be expensive to buy many of these superfood ingredients, but its well worth it and I find that they last me a a good amount of time. Buying online and using coupon and promo codes or when you see super foods on sale at the grocery store, don't hesitate to buy. Once you begin to start using these ingredients you'll realize there unlimited possibilities for including them in many of your recipes. You might even search new recipes to make that included superfood ingredients.

How do you cook with superfoods?

I always love experimenting with superfoods, and you can always use them in smoothies, oatmeal, when baking, cereals, oat and nut bars, homemade breads, and much more.

How does cocao taste?

Cocao nibs have a bitter flavor but add a nice chocolate chip crunch to your recipes, and you can also blend them in your smoothies so that aren't as crunchy. You can also buy sweetened cocao nibs if you prefer a bit of sweetness. They are natures chocolate chips, and when soaked in your smoothies or ice cream they become a little less crunchy and soak up some of the liquid.

This recipe is filled with chocolaty goodness and many of my favorite staple ingredients!

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients: 

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cocao nibs

1. Blend all smoothie ingredients together well, and top off with shredded coconut and cocao nibs. Enjoy!

Superfood Pumpkin Pancakes

What's one thing you crave in the mornings? This morning I found myself craving pancakes. I have so many pumpkin ingredients on hand, I figured why not make some pumpkin pancakes?! This thought didn't let me down. Bob's Red Mill gluten-free pancake mix is seriously the best, it always makes my pancakes fluffy and stay moist, which is a huge accomplishment for a gluten-free product. Mixed together with the pumpkin puree, spices, and nut and coconut milk, created pancake perfection.

I'm also super excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a yoga, meditation, and exploration retreat called Anzan on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in April 2015. It will be a luxurious experience, where days will begin with freshly made organic juices, yoga and meditation overlooking the lake. The days will be filled with hikes, workshops, spa treatments and more. It will take place in a one-of-a-kind modern home right on the lake. Large open windows, a home that is one with nature, and quiet and peaceful. At night the sky will mesmerize you, the stars sparkle in the reflection of the lake. You will be able to enjoy this view while eating  fresh organic meals made daily that support your vitality and nutrition.

I've visited Lake Atitlan twice so far and every time I go, I can't wait to return. The lake is a spectacular and spiritual place, that will recenter and reconnect you to your roots and the roots of the Earth. Once you visit you will understand the tranquility and peacefulness I describe. I'll be posting more information soon and the link to Anzan's retreat website can be found on my website soon!

Until then, I'll be daydreaming about the lake and eating my fluffy pumpkin pancakes!

Yields 5-6 fluffy pancakes 

Ingredients:

Toppings:

  • Goji berries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cocao nibs
  • Organic peanut butter
  • Organic maple syrup
  • Sliced banana

1. Mix together all of pancake ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Heat up about 1 TBSP of coconut oil in a skillet on low-medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto skillet and cook on low until pancake is golden brown on both sides.

3. Repeat step #2 until the batter is used.

4. Top off your pancake tower with the superfood toppings and drizzle maple syrup on top! Enjoy!