With summer slowly drawing to a close (yes, it lasts until the 21st, and you can’t convince me otherwise), I’m feeling a little nostalgic. I was lucky enough to grow up near the beach, so my childhood summer memories consist of days spent jumping between the sea and the sand, riding bikes on the boardwalk with friends, and sipping on thick and creamy milkshakes at the end of the pier.
The other day, I had a craving for my old milkshake order: chocolate peanut butter. But my freezer was missing the ice cream aisle, so I decided to improvise and whip up something just as creamy and delicious, but ideally without the major blood sugar spike.
So, I threw ice cream, frozen banana, raw cocoa powder, dark chocolate, peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, and homemade nut milk into my blender. Then I decided to add an extra ingredient to really boost the healthy favor: mindbodygreen+ organic vegetables.
The mix itself is already an impressive balance of fiber and protein, not to mention that the cocoa powder offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Adding powdered greens to the mix really elevates the mix (without compromising flavor). Of course, the mix contains a range of organic products (leafy greens! sea vegetables! berries!) – but in this particular recipe, I was particularly excited about how organic+ vegetables may also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.* Not only does it provide a good source of fiber, but it also contains cinnamon bark extract, which helps slow digestion, limiting the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream.*