Remember snack packs?!? My sister and I used to love those things. Ah, childhood, when ignorance was bliss. Let’s take a look at the ingredient list for old time’s sake:
Water, Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (Contains One Or More of The Following: Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Less Than 2% of: Alt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Artificial Flavors, Color Added. Contains: Milk. Milk Chocolate: Water, Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (Contains One Or More of The Following: Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Less Than 2% of: Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Artificial, Flavors, Color Added. Contains: Milk.
Today I wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole. Dairy, refined sugar, and trans fat (any time you see “partially hydrogenated” just start running in the other direction) that will do a total number on your body. Good thing it’s super easy to make a yummy gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free version with healthy fats that will nourish your body, not confuse it!
Ingredients not to be afraid of in this recipe
Bananas – Bananas get a bad rap for being “sugary,” but they are actually a health and beauty food for anyone not battling candida (yeast overgrowth in the gut). You’re eating the whole fruit with all its glory and fiber contained (potassium, B6, manganese, vitamin C etc), so this is exactly the type of glucose your brain needs and loves.
Avocado – You can think of this as a “happy” food. Besides glucose from complex carbs, essential fatty acids from whole foods like avocados are the “good” fats that are absolutely essential from your brain to run at its optimum level, helping with concentration, memory and overall production of that happy serotonin we all want high levels of.
Coconut milk – Coconut is 90% saturated fat, but this naturally occuring fat that has lots of benefits for the heart, immune system and metabolism, including raising “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
Throw into the blender:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1/2 cup culinary coconut milk (chill in the fridge for at least a few hours first)
- 3 rounded tablespoons raw cacao
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (try to get real vanilla rather than vanilla flavoring, which is made from petrochemicals)
- Stevia to taste (I get the packets of stevia and use a whole little packet for this)
- Pinch of sea salt
Let settle and chill for an hour or two in the fridge. Try topping with sliced almonds (my fave), cacao nibs, or peanut butter. Yum! This will last covered in the fridge for up to three days.