This is a quick and easy sugar free chocolate smoothie recipe for you that is going to totally re-energize your tastebuds and your health. I came up with the idea after being on day 5 of my teatox and was craving chocolate BAD. Since all chocolate has some sugar in it (at least the one’s in my cupboard), I decided to try out Affect Health’s Drinking Chocolate as it is sugar free and it did not disappoint!
Sugar, oh honey, honey… (you know the song)
I am definitely not one of those I quit sugar people. I am also not someone who uses refined sugar in my day to day life. However, if I am out for dinner somewhere and I feel like dessert, that doesn’t mean I am going to turn it down. I’ll gladly eat it and enjoy every bite, without the guilt attached. Because hey, if I am going to eat it, I might as well enjoy it. However, as part of this 14 day teatox, I wanted to really give my body a break and decided to go sugar free for the duration of the cleanse. I couldn’t quite give up chocolate altogether, so instead I compromised and made a delicious sugar free chocolate smoothie, but this is a great alternative for anyone wanting to reduce the amount of refined sugar in their diet.
But the question on a lot of peoples minds is this: is sugar really evil?
Here is my long thought out answer. When you demonize one particular food item, you can often develop or enhance an unhealthy relationship with food in general. I’ve written before about gluten and how that one food item has been demonized, and I feel the same way about sugar. The problem with sugar is that people are having far far too much of it. Most people following the Standard American Diet (SAD, for a reason) are eating a nutritionally deficient diet, void of real food and eating far too much processed food. Those processed food items are loaded with, you guessed it- sugar. Combine this with the treats that everyone has and yes, sugar is a problem. Sugar is highly inflammatory and can cause not only health issues such as diabetes, weight gain, candida (an overgrowth of bad bacteria) and acne, but it can also contribute to mood swings and cravings for more sugar as it is HIGHLY addictive.
Luckily, there are loads of sugar alternatives and I honestly never use regular refined sugar in my baking. Substitutes such as coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, raw honey (not for baking) and stevia are all great options in my opinion. This is because they don’t raise insulin levels as much and in cases like using maple syrup or raw honey they actually offer trace minerals and nutrients that make regular sugar jealous. Again, that doesn’t mean I wont have a piece of cake or ice cream/gelato every once and a while, it just means this isn’t something I normally have on a regular basis, it is reserved for really special occasions.
What I loved about doing this teatox was that it challenged me to not give into my own chocolate/sugar cravings as easily. It kind of forced me to look at why I was craving those things and noticed a pattern in when I had these cravings. The afternoon tea helped me big time as that is usually when I get the chocolate craving, but the tea helped me feel full for the time being until the craving passed completely. The other benefit I got from doing this cleanse was that it offered a much more holistic approach to detoxing rather than simply drink juice for 3-5-7 days and don’t eat anything. I’ve done those types of cleanses before and while yes, you lose weight, it doesn’t really teach you anything. The handy guide that comes along with this is an absolute MUST READ for everyone as it covers a lot of great topics surrounding cleansing and detoxing beyond just the tea itself. Formulated by Naturopathic Doctors located in Toronto, they really know their stuff and have chosen top quality ingredients and herbs that will help you to cleanse properly.
Sugar free chocolate smoothie recipe:
Now for that delicious chocolate superfood smoothie recipe, that luckily you can have anytime! This drink is perfect for the summer and patio weather which looks to be finally coming around here in Toronto.
- 1 1/2 cups dairy free milk (I used homemade hemp milk)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp. drinking chocolate (Affect health brand)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp maca
- 2 tbsp hazelnut butter
- 1/2 avocado (optional, this will make it quite thick)
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Put above ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Place 1-2 ice cubes in the drink.
- Garnish with coconut flakes, cacao nibs or a strawberry.
2 tbsp. drinking chocolate mix
1-2 tbsp hazelnut butter
2 tsp. maca powder