Here is a healthy, natural, antioxidant rich reinvention of a classic chocolate malt shake. I remember my morning ritual in high school was to drink a big glass of cow’s milk with ‘carnation instant breakfast’. They advertised this powdered substance as “breakfast nutrition”. I really thought I making a healthy choice and doing something good for my body. Check out the ingredients below…advertising is very powerful!!!!
Carnation Breakfast Essentials-Classic Chocolate Malt - Ingredients SUGAR, NONFAT MILK, MALTED MILK (MILK, WHEAT FLOUR, BARLEY MALT EXTRACT), MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), LACTOSE, AND LESS THAN 2% OF DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SOY LECITHIN, MAGNESIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C), SALT, CARRAGEENAN, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE (IRON SOURCE), ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), NIACINAMIDE, COPPER GLUCONATE, ZINC OXIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE (PANTOTHENIC ACID), MANGANESE SULFATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMINE MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), BIOTIN, VITAMIN K1 (PHYTONADIONE), FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN D3 (CHOLECALCIFEROL), VITAMIN B12 (CYANOCOBALAMIN)...... YUCK!!!!
The recipe below has 8 ingredients that came from nature...nothing more...nothing less!
cacao maca maltshake
* 1 ½ cup almond mylk (homemade mylk is best)
* 1 frozen banana
* 1 pitted date
* 2 tsp. raw maca root powder
* ½ tsp. raw cacao powder (add more according to taste. cacao can be bitter)
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* sprinkle cinnamon
* 3 ice cubes (if a cooler beverage is desired)
*blend until smooth and frothy
*makes 16 oz. (multiply the recipe for desired amount)
maca- rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. increases energy, stamina, endurance and muscular strength, regulates and stabilizes hormonal, circulatory and lymphatic systems. memory enhancer, increases blood circulation, increases libido and acts as a aphrodisiac
cacao: contains magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese, vitamins: b1, b2, b3, b5, b9, protein, fiber, support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls, increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in brain, improving mood and combating depression
bananas: high levels of potassium, magnesium, b-vitamins, antioxidants, helps to stabilize blood sugar, increases calcium absorption, high in fiber, soothes the digestive tract, stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel, produces stress-relieving relaxation, contains high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter, strengthens blood and relieves anemia with the added iron
almonds: high in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin help to alkalize the body, help provide good brain function, nourish the nervous system, build strong bones and teeth, reduce heart attack risk
date- a excellent whole food sweetener for live food treats and smoothies. good source of potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, and iron. full of fiber, relieves constipation, boosts energy, supports a healthy nervous system, strengthens tooth enamel, treats anemia, improves eyesight, lowers cholesterol.
cinnamon- high in fiber, calcium, iron, manganese. Reduces blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, boosts brain activity, anti-inflammatory, reduces joint and muscle pain, improves circulation, powerful antioxidant