Connie's Super Cacao-Chia-Moringa Shake to Begin the Day
Posted Jul 01 2011 11:38am
Lately, Facebook friends and other fans have been intrigued when I said I start my day with a Super Cacao-Chia-Moringa Ultimate Shake.
For the past week or so, I've been creating and revising this tasty concoction, adding or subtracting ingredients. Now, people have been repeatedly nudging me to share my recipe.
First a bit of background. Recently, after exhausting my adrenals, I've been doing all that I can to boost my energy, be highly creative, concentrate better, improve my stamina, be in my best shape ever, and write a fabulous book that can help many, preferably millions. I'm working on The Sugar Shock Diet, which is the follow-up to my book Sugar Shock . (Here's my original announcement.)
Anyhow, these days, my goal is to cram lots of superfoods and healthy ingredients into my first meal of the day.
My breakfast helps me remember that we eat to live and to thrive, remember?
So here's the healthy way I begin my day. Usually, I do a rigorous workout immediately afterwards, too.
This Super Cacao-Chia-Moringa Shake fills you up and is quite tasty, too.
What's more, unlike other popular, quickie beverages -- think, those Standard American Diet (SAD) shakes -- my Super Duper Shake isn't packed with nutrition-lacking, sugar-loaded calories, and it doesn't send your blood sugar bouncing all over the place.
Here are the items that go into my breakfast shake. Bear in mind that every day I have fun making changes. In fact, please send me your ideas of what to add or subtract:
- First, I use 2 T. The Ultimate Life, Ultimate Meal. What's really wonderful about this powder is that it contains no gluten, no soy protein or fiber, no whey, no nuts, no MSG, no corn, no yeast, no dairy, no maltodextrin, sugar, honey or fructose, no colors, no preservatives, no fillers, and no animal products. (This is very hard to find in protein and health powders.)
- Next, I use some kind of cacao. For instance, I'll use 2 T. organic cacao nibs from Navitas. Adding these gives your shake a chocolate burst--plus you get the superfood benefits. Lately, I've been experimenting using 2 T of already ground-up instead of Raw Cacao Powder from Divine Organics. Here's a ground powder from Navitas you can get.
- About 1 or 2 tiny spoonfuls of Ribose from Jarrow. (Just started to recently to use before an intense workout. As the description indicates, "Ribose is one of the necessary building blocks for the formation of ATP; the `universal' energy molecule in the body.* Physical stress can deplete ATP stores in cardiac and skeletal muscles.* As the rate-limiting substrate in the synthesis of nucleotides; including ATP; ribose plays a vital role in replenishing ATP; thus; enhancing energy production; improving muscle recovery;and thus Muscle Edge. (Natually, the FDA doesn't sanction these comments.)
I also add the following to the shake:
1 tsp. Psyllium Husks Powder (I'm using this because I'm now detoxing. I use the one from Yerba Prima)
1 tsp. It's Moringa powder (*The Moringa plant has been called "The Miracle Tree." I started using this, because my intuition told me to include this superfood, which I learned about months ago. See info below to learn more about this amazing product of nature.)
Sometimes I'll add a pinch of green powdered stevia from Navitas Natural . (Or I may use no sweetener. Please note that I never use any white stevia powder from any company. I prefer to use stevia in as natural a form as possible.)
About 8 ounces to 16 ounces of Water after my Brita water filter has purified it.
At the beginning of the day, I also take two or more capsules of Whole World Botanicals Organic Royal Maca , but I do NOT put this in the shake. I'm too nervous to try, because I don't want it to ruin the taste.
Blend until all ingredients are ground up and your shake is thick and creamy. Add more water, if desired. Then enjoy!
As you can see from the attached photo, I like to drink my Super Cacao-Chia-Moringa Shake in the glass that I got from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition , which I attended.
FYI, depending on when I work out, I also may save about a third of my concoction in the fridge to finish after I come back from exercising.
Let me know what you think of this recipe. What other great superfood ingredients would you add?
Now, let here's more info about Moringa oleifera, which has been hailed as the most nutritious leafy green in the planet today.
As I mentioned, I began adding it to my shake today. It did not make it taste extra green-y, which was nice.
According to my new friend, Jude Ken-Kwofie, founder of It's Moringa , "just one scoop of our moringa dried leaf powder in your favorite meal or beverage helps you achieve your recommended 5 to 9 daily servings of vegetables."
Moringa can be used by people in average or poor health, Jude says. Some reported health benefits of Moringa include:
Increases and sustains energy naturally
Gives a feeling of general wellness
Nourishes that body’s immune system
Promotes healthy circulatory system
Increases the natural defenses of the body
Heightens mental clarity
Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain
Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients
Promotes natural serum cholesterol
Known to enhance weight loss
Promotes healthy digestion
Acts as an antioxidant
High alkalinity helps balance your body’s pH level
Has natural anti-aging benefits
Supports the normal sugar levels of the body
Jude tells me that It’s Moringa products contain a high concentration of chlorophyll, which is also known as the “blood of the plant” and gives plants their green color. Chlorophyll, which is rich in magnesium, is also known to fight infection, cleanse the body of unwanted toxins, promote the healing of wounds, improve the body’s circulatory, immune, digestive, and detoxification systems. Due to its similarity to hemoglobin, chlorophyll is easily absorbed into human blood, which transports nutrients effectively and efficiently to every cell of the body. Incorporating chlorophyll into one’s diet, Jude says, is equivalent to consuming the energy of life. It’s Moringa products reportedly contain 4 times (4X) the chlorophyll content of wheatgrass.
What appeals to me about It's Moringa and why I chose to become an affiliate even though other companies also sell this superfood is that this particular company donates 10 percent of its sales to support malnutrition around the world. In fact, did you now that one third of all childhood deaths are caused by under-nutrition? Sad to think about that given our country's obesity problem.
* Please bear in mind that all products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any of these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. Disclosure: I am an affiliate of most of these products, too.