Whew! Holiday stress and the Christmas-break-that-never-ends caught up to me this week. On the bright side, not only did I survive my juice cleanse – but I liked it! So last night I Googled ‘Kelly Wearstler juice’ because I read an article about her crazy juice diet in Harper’s Bazaar ages ago while getting a pedicure (if only I could remember useful information this way). An interview with Bon Appetit turned up, and get this – the woman juices all day and only eats a solid meal at dinner (well, if you can call hummus a solid).
Rather than dismissing this as totally crazy, I’m actually intrigued. Because I found it liberating to have smoothies or juices throughout the day, rather than scheduled meals. I wasn’t always thinking about my next meal (because I knew my juice was waiting), and I never felt hungry. And the energy, holy cow. After returning to regular food post-cleanse I was bummed to go back to feeling sluggish.
But what I’m not giving up? My coffee. I didn’t even try because 3 days battling a killer caffeine withdrawal headache did not sound like fun. That’s why I love this smoothie – it has caffeine. And almond butter. And chocolate! It feels just a little bit sinful, which is perfect in the afternoon when you would sell your soul for a chocolate bar.
Skinny Banana Mocha Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 coffee, cooled (great way to use up leftovers)
- 1/2 unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- Handful of ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend for about 1 minute or until all ingredients are combined into a smooth texture.
Recipe adapted from Redbook magazine