Chocolate Smoothies

by Mia Moran on June 13, 2013

in All Recipes, Drinks, Featured, Vegetables

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Mia Moran is a mom, wife, friend, teacher, graphic designer, amateur photographer, and most recently, a chef. Here is her journey from dishwasher to cook, and a yummy Chocolate Smoothie recipe. Thanks, Mia! -Maggie

I spent most of my life avoiding the kitchen. Luckily, I married a man who loved to cook and made pretty much every meal that we ate at home for the first few years. He cooked and I washed the dishes — it was fabulous! But then we had kids, which changed everything. Kids meant that dinner had to be on the table at a certain time, and I was usually the one cooking. With our first child, I learned how to make an omelet. With our second, I learned how to make fabulous lentils. And when I was pregnant with our third, I found out that I had a gluten allergy and my second child had a dairy allergy. At the time, I felt very lucky that Whole Foods was blocks away and I could buy cookies there that we both could eat.

So in January 2010, I was a suburban mom of three who had thankfully found a babysitter who loved to cook on the days when I worked. I had found great gluten-free baked goods in the frozen aisle of the grocery store that paired well with the gallons of coffee I was consuming. But I was miserable — I was 60 pounds overweight and always tired — so something had to change. One day, I confided in my yoga teacher who told me to “go raw” — no meat, no dairy, no caffeine, no sugar, no gluten and no cooking. What could I eat? My diet consisted of raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. I did it cold turkey and literally had the same thing everyday for a few months — green juice, a fruit smoothie, huge salads, raw flax crackers with almond butter, and any raw vegan dessert I could get my hands on (at the time there was a raw vegan restaurant not too far away).

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After those initial months, I found myself at a crossroads. I was sort of sick of the food I was eating, but I felt better than I had ever felt in my life. I had lost most of my extra weight, my allergies disappeared, an “incurable” issue cured itself, my skin glowed and I had more energy than I knew what to do with. I never wanted to feel the old way again so I learned everything I could about raw vegan food. It is amazing what can be done with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds!

And one day, the kitchen became my favorite room in the house. I learned how to make sauces, dressings, and amazing sweet treats. I learned to love a vast variety of greens, and even started to grow some at home. I went from not really liking tomatoes to tasting each variety and appreciating the subtle differences. I continued having a green juice, followed by a smoothie every morning, but lunch and dinner looked different each day. It was all raw vegan, mostly homemade, and it felt really easy to make. Even my kids loved the foods I was “uncooking” (and you know what tough critics they can be). So I started sharing my findings on my blog, Stay Basic.

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I still incorporate a lot of raw into my life, but about a year ago, I decided to shift my focus towards how I was feeding my family – both the food we eat and the rhythm of our day. I remain a vegan and avoid gluten, because I feel my best this way. But the current focus of my work is recipes, tools, and mindset shifts that help moms and their families slow down and infuse their lives with more plant-based yumminess. Food should be delicious, healthy and easy, and this is totally possible with plants. In our house, we love chocolate and we love smoothies, so I thought I would share two chocolate smoothie recipes. Enjoy!

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Simple Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.

 Notes:

  • Frozen Bananas make this spectacular. We always buy extra bananas, let them get really ripe, and freeze them.
  • You could add hemp seeds to this smoothie for protein.
  • A high-speed blender, such as the Vitamix, blends this mixture to silken perfection.

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup almonds (soaked overnight and left in strainer to sprout for a few hours)
  • 5 Medjool dates
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • A dash of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.

Notes:

  • Soaking almonds makes them easier for your body to digest.
  • A high-speed blender, such as the Vitamix, is optimal for the nuts. If this is an issue, you could use ¼ cup of Almond Butter and mash the dates before putting them in the blender.

Photos styled and taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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Mia Moran

Mia Moran is a plant-based food blogger and magazine creator of Stay Basic who can usually be found with a smoothie in hand. Embracing cooking after years of being afraid to even make an egg, she loves showing anyone who will listen how to integrate more plants into their diets in delicious, kid-approved ways. She lives just outside Boston, MA with her husband and three children.

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