This delicious chocolate cherry smoothie recipe is my oldest daughter's favorite way to begin a day, and it's loaded with healthy fats, which help keep her focused!
Man, this summer went by fast!
My kids are set to start school this Thursday, and I'm in hyperdrive to get all they need for it. Baby four has put the kibosh on many a thing, but I'm doing pretty good, considering.
Ticonderoga pencils, Crayola markers, and pink erasers abound, and given this summer's stomach flu drama, everyone is looking forward to the new year.
Jade and Nat are heading into fourth and second grade, respectively, while Sam will be starting his first year of preschool.
We are praying for good teachers and good friends all around!
While we didn't get to do some of what we had planned this summer, the girls did learn to cook and bake a bit better.
Natalie is an ace at making eggs and toast, using the stove and oven all by herself, and Jade mastered the art of making this cookie (her very favorite, she never wants anything else!).
Jade and I also came up with a good morning shake for her, aptly dubbed, 'the FAT shake' for all of its good fats!
I'm finding that Jade does particularly well when she starts her day off with this shake. She is more focused and less hyperactive, which is pleasing to see given her tendency to be spacey and forgetful.
Another huge plus is that she loves the taste! Chocolate, cherries, a bit of honey, and loads of good fats make this rich and satisfying, and it could nearly double as a 'treat'.
She has even taught herself how to make it, though I still operate the blender. I don't want anyone yet causing my beloved Vitamix problems, so I am 'master blender'. 😀
If you have a child (or if you yourself) need a kick of energy and focus in the AM, I might suggest you give this recipe a shot!
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie (Jadie's 'Fat Shake')
- 1 cup milk of your choice (can use half water, if desired) see Notes
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 slightly heaped Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- good dash sea salt
- stevia to taste
- big handful fresh spinach optional
- 5 ice cube tray-sized ice cubes
- Blend everything until smooth and creamy, adding stevia to taste.
Jade likes my Homemade Coconut Milk in this recipe.
Some of the items I like to use in this recipe include:
Jade's handwritten recipe so she can make it herself! I had to take a shot of this, it's so cute.