Summer of Smoothies - Black Forest Smoothie Bowl

When I quit sugar, I was initially aghast at removing high levels of fructose from my diet. It was Summer and I adored (well, adore) stone fruits, so that period was particularly trying. Peaches, nectarines (I like them crunchy), cherries and even grapes, watermelon and apples were put to the side to allow my body to adjust.

That was two years ago, and my body has definitely adjusted. One of the biggest differences I noticed was that I no longer craved sugary treats around 3pm (this was massive). It was like a switch that initiated fullness til dinner time (ok, sometimes I gorge on cheese and gluten-free crackers before James gets home). But overall, that ability to cut out sugar meant that there was less fructose in my body, and less fructose meant less hunger pains. So less fruity, meant less booty.

After my body eliminated the desire to crave fructose, I could trust it again to eat fruit 'mindfully'. This means that I can take a cherry and eat one or two (not a box that I used to buy each Summer). Or I can eat a watermelon wedge and appreciate the juicy sweetness, though stop at one because to be honest, that sweetness gets too much. Same with grapes; bringing the bag to the couch and reaching robotically no longer happens. We don't even buy them anymore, as they are bursting with fructose, and that's more trouble than what its worth.

So whilst fruit is indeed part of James' and my diet, we don't indulge in it. It is a treat, rather than a snack. It's not a 'free pass' food for us, as although fructose is a natural sugar, sugar is sugar dudes. 

So with that being said, here is a smoothie that is definitely a treat on a hot Summer day. We consider this one dessert, and consume accordingly! Our Black Forest Smoothie Bowl contains frozen cherries, so buy them in season and store them in your freezer until it's time to use. They should keep til Autumn, in you store them in a tupperware container.


BLACK FOREST SMOOTHIE BOWL

Ingredients

1 cup frozen cherries (pitted)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup Cacao blend
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon protein powder (we use Paleolicious)
2 Medjool dates (optional, if you want it a tad sweeter)

Instructions
You know what to do - blend it!  If you want it extra thick, throw some ice cubes in the blender.
Serve in a bowl, and drop some Cacao Blend for some crunch. 

If you have leftovers, freeze in ice block moulds for an after dinner treat!

Nutrition per 100g (total weight 420g)
Energy 691kj; Protein 8.9g; Fat, total 9.2g; Fat saturated 2.4g; Carbohydrate 10.2g; Sugars 7g; Sodium 12mg.