Mocha Brownie Smoothie

IMG_9825So now that The Captain is back on the mainland, we are both trying to get our health and digestive tracks back in order... Me from growing a child, him from living like a college student. Definitely the same... Hmmm. Any who, in our attempt to "cleanse" we have given up wheat, processed sugar, processed foods, alcohol, soy[mostly], and dairy[obviously not a struggle for me]. It's quite the list. Not nearly as crazy as some, but still I want to ravage a piece of bread right now. Yes, vegans LOVE bread. We did decide to keep caffeine in the mix as we both only have 1 cup of black coffee a day and we have a 4 month old. No sodas up in this crib. Well, I was craving a brownie something fierce with my morning coffee when this smoothie popped in my head... It was perfect!! Yummy, fudgy goodness!!! 1 giant serving or 3 double old fashioned servings

3 dates [soaked for 10 min in hot water]

1 1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup coffee

1 tablespoon flax seeds [ground if not using a high powered blender such as a Vitamix]

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons of a clean diary/whey free protein [I used the vanilla juice plus powder. SO GOOD.]

1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder depending on how chocolatey you like it [unsweetened, raw if possible]

1/2 cup frozen spinach

1 frozen banana

Throw it all in a blender and presto!!!! Deliciousness!

Kettle Coffee & Tea

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Welcome to BH 2014!!! I am so flippin' excited for all the wonderful things to come this year and there is A LOT of awesome stuff in the works! Something our favorite photographer, Kelsey,  and I are going to be doing in the New Year is highlighting killer awesome local businesses, focusing on chic boutiques and rad eateries where you can find delicious and healthy options! Kelsey found our first biz, Kettle Coffee & Tea, an amazing gem hidden in Escondido. Color me surprised! This North County hot spot is just as fabulous as any downtown or La Jolla cafe and has the most amazing tea lattes and coffee this vegan has ever tried. Seriously, it made my mouth so very happy. The atmosphere is so cool and creative I felt like I should be writing the next great pretty good thoroughly adequate American novel while sipping my Rooibos vanilla bean and honey latte. I can't wait to go back and try their very veggie sammich sans cheese or the acai bowl!! Be sure to check them out at 119 E. Grand Ave Escondido, CA 92025 if you are in the San Diego area!!

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