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Happy New Year! For those of you that have made the New Year’s Resolution to eat better, healthier, organic, nutritious food, congratulations! We are all on a journey of learning how food can be used either positively: to heal, protect, build, energize, sustain, and satisfy or negatively: to clog, deplete, slow, and harm our bodies. Choosing to eat better foods allows you to enjoy the benefits of nourishing your body and embracing your body’s potential.
But, what do you do when temptation strikes? The sights of a television commercial for a delicious, hand-dipped chocolate shake from Steak and Shake, topped with whipped cream and a cherry, or the smell of char-grilled hamburgers wafting from the restaurant air vents, or the jingle on the radio promising you a lifetime of happiness if you swing by the drive-through of the nearest McDonald’s for a “Happy Meal”, which is conveniently placed right in front of you!
What do you do? You remind yourself that this is marketing at its best. This is a multi-billion dollar game they are playing, hoping that you will lose. You remind yourself of what exactly does and does not go into the food that tastes so good, but feels so bad. You turn the other cheek and go home and cook. You cook up tasty and sustaining sweet potato fries, potatoes with pizazz, baked apples, bean burgers, quinoa salads, and chocolate milk shakes. You feed those cravings with nutrient rich, real food that will satisfy you long past the next craving.
It is no surprise that a mouthwatering regular Steak and Shake chocolate milkshake contains high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, sugar, salt, and cream, which translates to the following: Calories 710, Sodium 370 mg, Total Fat 23 g, Saturated Fat 16 g, Total Carbs 114 g, and Sugars 101 g. While tempting, I’ll pass.
Instead, this chocolate tofu milkshake is just the thing to satisfy a craving for a Steak-n-Shake chocolate milkshake- nutritious and delicious!
Satisfying Chocolate Tofu Milkshake
- 12 ounces tofu, (go with organic!)
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
- 1 c unsweetened almond milk
- ½ c carob powder (unsweetened cocoa will work too)
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 t cinnamon (optional)
I placed all the ingredients in my Vitamix blender and gave it a whirl. Enjoy immediately, or can be refrigerated for increased thickness. Top with cacao nibs and a sprinkle of carob powder and cinnamon or try these scrumptious modifications:
Must-Try Scrumptious Modifications:
Chia seeds: Add 2 T organic chia seeds to the 1 cup of almond milk and allow soak for 15 minutes until they became gelatinous. Add the mixture to the blender with the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Adding chia seeds will increase the thickness for a more mousse-like consistency as well as increase nutrition. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, calcium, plant based protein, plant derived omega 3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) ALA similar to walnuts and flax.
Peanut butter: add ½ cup of peanut butter or ½ cup unsalted peanuts to the blender and give it a whirl.
Raspberries: you can in ½ c frozen raspberries or as a substitute for the frozen banana.
Meier’s marvelous granola : stir in 1 c granola to the milkshake or mousse for a tasty dessert with a lot of crunch.