Driving back from the hospital today (orthopaedic specialist appointment for my foot, not great news, not terrible news either…) I found myself craving chips. Twice. And then I realised – chips are a comfort thing. I always seem to crave chips on the way home from the doctor. Perhaps it’s that association with my late dad and childhood, I’m not sure 100% sure, but I absolutely ALWAYS want chips when I’ve been near a medical facility. This week I have promised myself that I would be very clean with my food choices. I ate quite badly last week and want to get back on track (interestingly, I had chips twice last week and I was staying with a medical student – see, there is a pattern!!).

What I’m realising more and more is that it’s ok to comfort yourself with food. Food can be very nourishing and nurturing (think of the word nutrition). So I’ve started to change my mindset towards comfort eating. Instead of eating junk as comfort food, why not eat the most nutritious food you can find? Plus, I think I was put off by the “well meaning” visitor bringing in McDonalds to someone in the hospital…

So, instead of swinging past the conveniently located IGA near the hospital, I drove home and made myself a cacao smoothie. And it was just like chocolate milk except full of nutritious goodies. I feel amazing now – much much better than I would have if I’d eaten the chips!

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Nurturing Chocolate Milk

Ice

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

1/2 tablespoon of maca powder

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla powder

2 shakes of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of almond butter

1 heaped tablespoon of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon each of pepitas, sunflower seeds and linseed

1-2 dates

1 cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon of coconut flakes (more to garnish)

You know the drill (Blend for 2 minutes & Enjoy!)