Chocolate Meal Replacement Smoothie

This ultra thick shake is packed with magnesium, calcium, protein, omega 3’s and potassium and it gives me just about all of the nutrients needed to keep me feeling healthy, alert and strong all day long.My recipe varies depending what I have on hand, so I’ll give you a basic one and substitutions are listed below.
1 ripe banana
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet
chocolate chips
1/2 cup cooked, chilled Chick Peas (I cook a batch from dried once a week)
4 cups raw spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/8 cup raw almonds

Blend all ingredients on the highest setting and then blend a second time with about 1 cup of ice, if it’s too thick add a little water to reach desired consistency.


This recipe makes a super thick double serving, so I drink half today and save half for tomorrow. It usually gets thicker in the fridge, so I add water to thin it a bit.

1 Banana – 1/2 Avocado
Almond Milk – any milk or water
Chick peas – white beans or any type of beans, I prefer cooking my own dried beans, but canned may be used also
Spinach – Romaine Lettuce, kale
Chocolate Chips – Cocoa Powder
Raw Almonds – Walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews
Chia Seeds- Flax seeds or Hemp seeds.
Feel free to play around with the ingredients, you may also add some maple syrup or raw honey to make it sweeter.
Enjoy your shake and let me know how you like it.
While you’re drinking it, check out my ‘Joyous’ painting on
cool stuff for the home.
Joyus mug
Joyus shower
Joyus bench

Joyous Bench on Society 6

All the above are products with my art work made and shipped by Society6. They also make this image on towels, purses, tote bags, bedding, phone cases, clocks and more. Just follow this link, scroll down and take a look around. If you need help finding a specific product, contact me and I will send you a link. If you have a special request, I can most likely make it happen 🙂

You can also get this original painting in my Etsy shop for $365. Take a look at the details here: Original Joyous painting on canvas.
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Spinach Pancakes

These pancakes are so delicious and with 2 cups of fresh spinach and 1/4 cup of flax seeds, they don’t make us feel guilty about having a huge serving of carbs.

We eat these on our cheat day, Sunday, which in our house means extra carb day, but we like to include lots of fiber and greens throughout the day, so we can always feel good.

The first time I tried this, I took a basic pancake recipe and added a cup of spinach. That came out so good, so next time I added two cups of spinach, and then some flax seeds.  I throw it all in the blender and it’s easy to pour the batter into the pan. I use coconut oil cooking spray to cook the pancakes and then top them off with real maple syrup and vegan butter. 

As you can see by the photo, we like to have scrambled free range eggs and some veggie sausage with them.  I am working on coming up with my own veggie sausage recipe, because the frozen processed ones are not ideal. 

The mug in the photo is a portrait I painted of my husband’s four Greyhounds. I am a pet portrait artist, you can click here to see my pet portrait price list with photos of cats and dogs that I have painted. 

Here’s the Pancake Recipe:

2 cups packed fresh spinach
1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
4 Tablespoons Ground Flax seeds
1 tablespoon oil or melted butter
1 cup flour (I use King Arthur Flour, because it’s much healthier) 
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Place all the ingredients in the blender, and mix until smooth. You may add more flour or milk to adjust the consistency.

Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat. Pour the batter into the pan, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot with plenty of vegan butter and pure maple syrup, yum!

Greyhounds Portrait on Society6 Products
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