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It seems fitting that the first recipe of 2018 is one that fits so perfectly into my new-ish focus of more veggies, more gluccie, more Fuel Pulls – but still in a classically weird Briana-style flavor combo. This Chocolate-Covered Cranberry Superfood Shake is full-on health in a quart jar, and I refuse to apologize for the flavor. 😛 It definitely won’t be everyone’s go-to craving fixer, but it is very unique, very bold (thanks to cranberry, my favorite holiday flavor this winter), and I happen to love it. Partly because it’s a Fuel Pull and it’s very filling. And was it a coincidence that I drank this before I went to bed one night and woke up over a pound lighter, finally busting through a plateau and finally weighing in below the weight on my driver’s license??
Okra and glucomannan are both ingredients that help balance your blood sugar, which in turn aids healthy weight loss. Gluccie (glucomannan) has the added benefit of helping you feel full without eating so many calories – also beneficial to weight loss. Cranberries boost your immune system and add the star flavor to this shake, and cottage cheese adds creaminess without a bunch of extra calories. Add some protein in the form of whey protein powder or collagen and you have a meal! I try to keep shakes for snacks or desserts most of the time so I keep my meals to “real foods” in their whole forms, but since this shake contains so many veggies, using it as breakfast or lunch on occasion wouldn’t be a bad idea at all!
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- Blend the ingredients together until completely smooth and lighter in color. (My Vitamix does a great job.) Taste and add more cocoa powder and/or sweetener if desired. Do not under-blend! Blending well helps cut possible slime factor from the okra.
- Hershey's sugar-free chocolate syrup makes a great topping! (It's sweetened mostly with erythritol and is available at many local grocery stores.)
-If the shake is too slimy for you, try decreasing the okra and/or glucomannan, or just chug it and embrace the health!
-Some frozen banana would be a good addition! (That would make this a THM:E shake.) You could also add some orange sections or orange extract.
-If you don't want a whole quart to drink, cut the recipe in half. I don't recommend making it with the intention of storing leftovers because the texture and flavor will be weird if it sits in the fridge.