The Happy Shake

There’s a very good reason why it’s called the Happy Shake! Though this creamy blend tastes like a delicious dessert, it’s chock-full of spinach, berries and super happy foods, like raw chocolate and maca. The Happy Shake is a meal replacement. It’s a key place to start when trying to lose excess weight, increase energy levels, and get healthier and happier.

Before you get started, keep in mind the Happy Shake is more about technique than anything else.  You can take these same ingredients, throw them into a blender and get a glass full of lawn clippings.  So follow the directions closely.

ingredients:
1/2 cup water
3-4 cups spinach
1 Tbs. coconut oil
1 Tbs. raw maca powder
2 Tbs. raw cacao powder
1 cup FROZEN blueberries
3/4 cup FROZEN cherries
1/4 cup FROZEN banana
Optional: a little raw honey for those who like extra sweetness
Optional: 3 ice cubes or a small handful of ice for those hot humid days

In your Vitamix or blender start with:

1. The Base:
1/2 cup water.

2. The Greens:
Here is your salad!!! Use a mild tasting green like spinach. Kale is way to bitter and NOT happy.

3. A Good Fat:
1 Tbs. coconut oil or 1 raw organic egg. Good Fat won’t make you fat, and is essential for metabolizing the spinach and keeping you feeling satisfied longer. Do not be tempted to leave out the fat.

If you are using a raw egg, you will need to adjust the amount of water, meaning less water. Test your egg….if you roll your egg on a flat surface and it wobbles, you have a good egg. Check that there are no cracks in your egg and wash the outside of your egg.

I have to say, in my experience, I have never met a bad egg. In family taste tests, most prefer the taste and creaminess of the raw egg. Me too!

4 . The HAPPY Parts:
1 Tbs. raw maca powder – a Peruvian root good for stamina, endurance, and mental clarity.

2 Tbs. raw cacao powder – raw chocolate is actually a valuable potent super food loaded with nutrients and neuro-peptides very similar to the ones our bodies produce when we are falling in love.

5. MOST IMPORTANT and a crucial step in creating your Happy Shake…..DO NOT add fruit here.  In your blender, blend all your ingredients except your fruit into a green “SLUDGE”.  Your goal is to get 1 cup of green “sludge”.

6. Frozen Fruit:
Now you can add 2 cups of Frozen Fruit…..choose from blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries and bananas. My personal favorite combination is blueberry/cherry/banana. Find your favorite combo!

The best blender is a high speed blender like the Vitamix. However, If you are using a traditional blender, a carrot will be helpful for pushing your frozen fruit down the sides of the blender. This will give you a more efficient blend.

For a soft serve ice cream consistency, the blending time is short. Do not over blend. Over blending will give you more of a shake like drink instead of ice cream, which may just be your preference. You will get the hang of it with practice. A Note on Color..

….The BLUEberries are important for getting the chocolatey brown color. So use plenty of BLUES!!! The best blues are frozen wild blueberries.

GREEN “sludge” + BLUE berries = Chocolate BROWN!!!

7. The Toppings!!!
Now it’s time to decorate your Happy Shake. I like some raw cacao nibs. You can also top with goji berries, shredded coconut, mullberries or fresh local bee pollen! Servings: this recipe makes 1 large serving at about 350 calories

A note on Super Foods…Super Foods like maca, cacao, and bee pollen are very powerful foods. These foods border medicine. This is a good time to do your own research on these amazing super foods. Just because these foods work great for me, does not mean they will work for you. Start in small doses and listen to your body.
Super foods can be ordered online or may also be located at your local health food stores.
I promise, you will be hugging trees and kissing babies after your morning Happy Shake!!!

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