I don’t know why, but I hear a lot of people have beef with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Not sure why, but Gwyneth really bothers people. My hippie vegetarian sister who hasn’t washed her hair in 15 years is about as holistic as they come…and even she thinks Gwyn is a smug jerk.
I quite enjoy Gwyn and her natural foods/lifestyle blog, http://www.goop.com. While her cookbook yields some pretty delicious food, I agree some of the ingredients are a bit tough to find. I have to say, that even though it can be annoying to find some of the obscure ingredients, the payoff with Gwyn is always big.
I saw a recipe for a mint chocolate chip smoothie on GOOP.com that required something called raw cacao nibs and I was stumped but determined to make this smoothie happen. Lucky for me, I happened to pass by the ChocoSol food stand this past weekend at the Evergreen Brick Works which is my favourite place in all of Toronto. ChocoSol makes and sells chocolate products here in Toronto using ingredients from indigenous communities in the Lacondon Jungle of Chiapas and the Oaxacan mountains of Southern Mexico…part of their product line includes raw cacao nibs.
Raw cacao nibs, by the way, are cocoa beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. Raw cacao is high in zinc, iron, magnesium and antioxidants.
With my ChocoSol raw cacao nibs in arm, I attempted Gwyn’s smoothie with my own modification and the results were…spectacular.
- 3 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Pro 70 Hemp Protein Powder (15 grams of vegan protein!)
- large handful of spinach
- 5 oz water
- 5 oz unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3rd avocado
- 1/8th tsp pure peppermint extract
- 1 tsp raw honey (in Toronto, try Bees’ Universe unpasteurized Wildflower Honey available at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market)
- 1 tbsp raw Cacao Nibs (try ChocoSol’s as it is DELISH!)
Blend well and serve for an invigorating morning smoothie or afternoon pick-me-up snack.
THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama)
“I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.”
– Gwyneth Paltrow
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