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A Simple Vegan Chocolate Smoothie is not something I thought I’d ever get that excited about.

But after trying a 2-week vegan and gluten free eating plan, I found some super yummy recipes to add to my repertoire and this is one of them.

And the best part about this recipe is that it’s chocolately without being overly sweet. That’s thanks to the dates.

That’s another thing I’m learning about vegan-ish cooking and baking…dates are used a lot. And for good reason: they’re super versatile because they’re provide sweetness, some fibre, trace minerals and the dried ones have a good shelf life.

Note: when using the dried ones in this recipe, soak them in some water for 10 minutes prior to blending up.

My blending-life has improved leaps and bounds after I got my brand new blend: the Ninja Chef Blender. I absolutely love it.

We found it at Bed, Bath and Beyond and my husband, the price checker, was like see what the price is on Walmart. So I did and it was like $60 less but it was hard to tell from looking online if it was excat same one, or if you know, the store would be like, well yes we price match but not on the second Saturday after the first full moon of the 3rd month (or whatever.)

But we go up to the counter and not only do they price match it, they hardly even look at my phone to see the comparator at Walmart. I was trying to compare serieal numbers and when the cashier calls over the manager to approve the price match, she just leans over and looks at my phone and says, “uh, ya, looks like the same one. Sure.”

My blending-life has improved leaps and bounds after I got my brand new blend: the Ninja Chef Blender. I absolutely love it.

Woohoo! 

What a rush lol

But it is a really sweet blender. I just wasn’t prepared to drop the cash on a Vitamix right now and I’m glad I didn’t. This one does everything I need.

Especially with smoothies and green smoothies/vegetable juices. There’s an “extract” setting and oh boy does that pulverizes stuff. 

No green chunks in this smoothie after 1-minute in my Ninja Chef:

By the way, here’s my recipe for a Simple Green Smoothie. You blend:

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup of water
  • Cinnamon (optional)

The result is a smooth and sweet way to get a hit of fibre, antioxidants and hydration.

Even my mom tried it and liked it!

Never had a green smoothie! Okay, if you fall into this camp too, you gotta break out. Just giver a try and see what you think. If Nana liked it, there’s a very high likelihood you will too.

But anywho….I hope you also try this Simple Vegan Chocolate Smoothie recipe and love it like we do

~April

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Simple Vegan Chocolate Smoothie

Yield: 1

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

  • 3 dates (if using dried dates, soak in water for 10 minutes)
  • 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
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Should I buy sugar free products? is something I hear a lot from people when they’re first diagnosed with prediabetes (and diabetes.)

The grocery store shelves are really filling up with all sorts of products that claim to be “sugar free” on the label.

But it makes you wonder if these products actually are “better” in some way than a similar product that has sugar in it. Or are they the same…or worse?

Say, sugar-free ice cream vs. regular ice cream, or sugar-free chocolate vs. regular chocolate. Other common sugar-free products out there come in forms like granola bars, cookies, cakes and pies.

Here’s what you need to know:

1.    “Sugar free” does not equal “carbohydrate free” (as in, the product still may raise your blood sugar). So for people with diabetes, consuming these products is not synonymous with “go hog wild”.

2.    Sugar free does not mean “healthy” (or “healthier” than an original brand).

3.    A “sugar free” title on the label often results in a false go-ahead in some people minds to eat more than they normally would.

4.    Sugar free products often have other sweeteners, like sugar alcohols that are only partially digested and can cause tummy trouble or bloating over 10 grams. Even Health Canada reports they can have “laxative effects”. Lovely! Sugar alcohols are listed separately on the Nutrition Facts Table.

Not to mention the price – sugar free products are often 2 times or more $chang-ching$ than the regular version of the same product.

What to do?

Check those labels – if the product claims to be “sugar free”, check the carbohydrate count.

Also, compare the sugar-free version to the regular version of the same product. You may be surprised to find you ‘re better off foregoing the sugar-free version and have a small amount of the real thing. You’ll feel satisfied and not pay 3x the price.

And have you ever tried a sugar-free chocolate?

Survey says? Ick.

Bottom line: Prediabetes is something to be reversed. Not to eat strange foods and deprive yourself in the process. 
Does a person, particularly someone with prediabetes need special products like these? 

Short answer: no.

Actually, that’s the long answer too.

Want some chocolate? Go for it and enjoy it.

Dark chocolate gives you some antioxidants! 

Otherwise, fuel up with food that fills you up. Check out my advice for fueling with whole foods to reverse prediabetes here.

Bottom line: Prediabetes is something to be reversed. Not to eat strange foods and deprive yourself in the process. 

Now isn’t that sweet?

~April

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