I almost didn’t post this picture of my Banana Jamma Smoothie, full of gluten free goodness: almond milk and almond butter and banana deliciousness. When I looked at the picture, I thought it looked like the surface of the moon. But then I realized that my Vitamix can sometimes be all about the bubbles, especially when I get a little overzealous with the power button. But, I really wanted to share part of the whole reason I made this smoothie in the first place, so I just moved past the crater looking picture:).
I have some exciting news. Very. Clicking my heels excited.
I am now enrolled as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I officially begin my studies on September 12, though have been listening to the introductory lectures for the last month. And I am SO excited about what this program offers and promises to bring my way. Over the last 6 1/2 years (since I began blogging), I’ve gotten many, many emails from people who inquire about everything from what gluten free flours to use, to how long it took for my hair to grow back after being diagnosed with Alopecia and Celiac. I’ve tried to answer each and every email and will continue to do so. But now I’ll be able to do it from a much more informed place. Plus, I’ll be able to coach people on how to make changes not only to their diet, but to their lifestyle as well. I will be a certified Health Coach.
I will still do the work I’ve been doing for my entire life – that of a musician performing concerts and presenting workshops on music. But I will add this new dimension to my life – with the goal of helping people make healthy, informed choices about the food they eat and the lives they lead.
So, back to the smoothie. I thought I ate a pretty clean and healthy diet, but since enrolling at the IIN, I’m definitely cranking it up more than a few notches. Part of my efforts to become the best model I can be for my clients includes paying attention to every part of my eating day. I’ve always tended to at a lot of smaller meals (usually 5 – 6) over the course of a day, but I’m now paying much more care to packing healthy, nutrient-dense foods into all of my food choices.
I’m also dealing with a new diagnosis of Candida which is a yeast overgrowth. I’m just, in the last few days, wrapping my brain around what it entails. I know I can go to Ricki’s Diet, Dessert and Dogs blog and learn pretty much everything I need to know about how to eat when one has Candida. She’s the top potato around this topic. Anyhoo, one of the things to note is that when trying to overcome Candida, a reduction in sugar is important, as yeast feeds on sugar (think about when you’re proofing yeast to make bread – you always put a little sweetener in the yeast/water combo). In making this smoothie, every part of me was screaming “ADD THE AGAVE! ADD THE AGAVE!”. But I tried it first without my usual addition of agave to my smoothies and lo and behold, it was plenty sweet enough. The banana and the date gave it all the sweetness my ol’ sweet tooth needed.
One of the areas I want to help people with is making healthy choices that are also quick. Many of us lead busy lives and often, our nutrition suffers. But it doesn’t have to. Having a few tricks up your sleeve can make all the difference. This smoothie has six ingredients. Seven if you count the ice cubes. That’s it! I think it took me 2 minutes to put together.
So, pull out your blender. I love my Vitamix but if you don’t have one, don’t let it stop you. I think a regular blender will work just as well. Might take a few extra seconds to blend everything together, but go for it. If you have a moment, read the review at Lexie’s Kitchen of the Omni blender. She made a great video comparing the Omni to two other blenders. Lexie rocks.
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1 c. almond milk
1 date, pitted
1 tbsp almond butter
1 frozen banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp flaxseeds
3 ice cubes, optional
- Blend all together to desired thickness. Add a couple of ice cubes if you prefer your smoothie thicker and colder.
Looking for other smoothie recipes? Try my Banana Cocoa Smoothie. Or any of these: