This week I made a blackberry almond smoothie with 2 power foods: blackberries, and almond, as you might have guessed. It’s not the first time a smoothie has been posted here. There have also been Ph Green, Blueberry, and Swiss Chard, but this is the first time I’ve added a nut butter to the mix and it really makes a difference! The nut butter adds creaminess so instead of thinking you’re having a smoothie, it feels like you’re having soft ice-cream—so buttery and smooth. Bear in mind that this is the only smoothie I’ve added a sweetener to, but it is a much better option than ice-cream. This icy treat has no preservatives, it’s much lower in sugar than ice cream, it uses a natural sugar, and it’s got fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium. The idea of adding nut butter came after seeing and making this awesome chocolate milkshake from TheDetoxinista.com. You’ve got to try it!
In reference to a six-month study, James Clear wrote in an article for the Huffington Post that environment designs can have an influence on your eating habits. The study was done in a hospital cafeteria. No one said anything to the cafeteria customers, but the researchers place water in strategic locations throughout the cafeteria, making them more visible to customers. Soda sales dropped by 11.4% over a 3 month period and water sales rose by 25.8 percent. This is why grocers place the more expensive items at eye level in the grocery market, because a person is more likely to choose it because it is more visible.
James Clear, suggests that if you want to change your eating habits change your environment. Place the healthier foods toward the front of the refrigerator. And I would say place your ice cream, if you have any, hidden from view; place peeled frozen bananas, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and frozen spinach in an easy to reach spot.
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 banana, frozen and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- 5 ice cubes
- Place the blackberries at the bottom of you blender and top with the remaining ingredients. Process until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Weight Watcher’s Points: 4 per serving and there are 2 servings