Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Vega One Chocolate Chia Smoothies - Helping me with the transition to the Candida Diet

The smoothie you can drink with a straw or eat with a spoon?

So as you may or may not know, I am now on a full Candida diet. The first phase. The "you can't have  any yeast, sugar, fruit, chemicals, or vinegar phase". Its tricky I tell you.

I survived a week so far with no pretty much no cheats. Its getting easier as I go - I had to go through some dark chocolate, decaf coffee, french vanilla creamer and apple withdrawal first. But once I got through it and refocused on shopping and re-training myself on how to cook this way (again) its going alright.

These Vega One Smoothies have been keeping me going. They are sweetened with Stevia and from what I gather from my online research, Vega One All in One Nutritional Shakes are Candida-diet friendly. Thankfully!

I posted on Vega One a while back and at that time I wasn't totally sold on it. The French Vanilla flavour is so-so. But given I have to give up Whey protein indefinitely (confirmed food sensitivity from my IGG tests) I decided to revisit it.

And guess what, I have found a combination of ingredients and textures that works with the Chocolate flavor to make a kick ass Candida-Diet Friendly smoothie.  Its really, really good. Really.

Its challenging when you suddenly have to make your smoothies without banana's and yogurt. But the ground Chia seeds and nut butter gives it the creaminess it needs. And the coconut and cacao nibs give it a nice little crunch.

This is not a low-calorie smoothie. But I'm making this for breakfast and it is doing an amazing job of keeping me full until lunch. No easy feat. And I need the calories right now. But if you want to cut down the calories you can halve the shredded coconut, Chia or cacao nibs and/or omit the nut butter. Its a forgiving recipe.

So I now give a full thumbs up to Vega One. Thank-you. Thank-you. Thank-you. Not sure how I would be surviving without it. And it contains the equivalent of 3 servings of greens, a healthy dose of probiotics and a decent amount of protein.

Vega One Chocolate Chia Smoothie

by MamaChanty
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Keywords: blender breakfast snack candida-diet friendly gluten-free low-carb paleo sugar-free vegan Chia Vega One
Ingredients (1 Serving)
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Vega One Nutritional Shake
  • 2 Tbsp ground black Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp organic cacao nibs
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (carton variety)
  • 1 Tbsp Nut butter - I use an almond/hazelnut blend
  • 10 ice cubes - be generous with the ice
Instructions
Throw it all in the blender. Pulse until nice and smooth. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving to let the Chia thicken up. Enjoy!
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