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Okay, so I’m doing a little spring cleanse right now. I know, I know, where’s the blog entry on that? It’s coming. The brief re-cap is that for the month of April, I’m sticking to fruits, veggies and whole grains, plus some legumes and nuts here and there as I crave them. I’m doing some other things too (like making stuff instead of buying stuff), and so far it feels great, but this afternoon I really wanted something creamy and delicious. No, I mean like I reallywanted it.

I sat with my craving for 15 or 20 minutes. I tuned in. I asked myself if what I was really craving was a good yoga class or a massage or a kiss (yes, yes, and yes please!). I decided that while all of those things sounded fabulous, I wanted to enjoy all of them AFTER eating something yummy. These were my requirements:

  • Be made of real, whole foods (and not too many of them)
  • Be delicious and creamy (and hopefully a little bit sweet!)
  • Be gentle on the tummy (‘cuz that’s just how I roll…)

This is what I came up with:


1/2 med. frozen organic banana
handful of papaya (peeled and cubed)
2 T hemp seeds
8 oz (or so) of water
a couple of ice-cubes (if i’d frozen my papaya too I would have left these out)
a teensy tiny pinch of sea-salt
1/2 tsp. or so of grated fresh ginger (or more if you like it spicy)
a splash of vanilla

Blend it all up until it’s creamy and frothy and the hemp seeds have become thoroughly milkified.

Delicious, right? So hemp (not just for smokin’, people) is a total superfood. It has an ideal balance of Omega 3 and 6 for sustainable human health, has a full amino acid spectrum meaning it provides complete protein, and has a massive trace mineral content.

Ol’ Chris Columbus called papaya “the food of the angels”, and though I’ll admit it took me a few years to warm up to the celestial fruit (I may or may not have flung one from my plate over a fence in my youth to avoid eating it for breakfast one morning…), I’m now a huge fan both of it’s sweet musky flavor AND of its protein digesting enzyme Papain. They make digestive supplements out of the stuff, but wouldn’t you rather just eat it?

So far in this little wonder snack, we’ve got the protein, minerals and good fats, PLUS the enzymes to digest them. Add ginger, which is anti-inflammatory and soothing to the tum-tum, and bananas, which aside from just being super delicious and notoriously easy to digest, are packed with potassium, fiber, and fruity sweetness, and voila: nutritious, delicious, energy packed, creamy, frothy whole food goodness. Who says cleansing can’t be fun?

One Response to “HAPPY BELLY SHAKE”

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    This sounds really good I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks

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