I was a sugar tooth through my 20’s! I loved sweets and anyone who did life with me during that decade can probably recall my endless trips to TCBY or Ben & Jerry’s. However somewhere along the way my tastes changed and now, at 43, I will usually take salty food over sweets any day.
But there are still times that sweet treats call my name.
Given the summer heat, the influx of ice cream pics on my social media feed and (well, hormones) this morning I wanted a something cold, sweet and yummy.
I went to make the Peaches and Vanilla AIP Smoothie that I made the other day but I stumbled upon magical wonderfulness that is a tremendous upgrade to the recipe.
I must share!
I had refrigerated several cans of coconut milk for a few days. When you refrigerate coconut milk the top portion turns into a thick coconut cream. It was ~ 1/2 – 2/3 of the can. I also used a bag of frozen peaches (2 cups).
1 Can Refrigerated Coconut Milk (use the cream and the liquid milk)
2 Cups Sliced Peaches (if they are not frozen, add ice to your shake)
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Vanilla
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pour ingredients into blender and mix on high
1/4 Cup Almonds — slice (**Leave the almonds out of this for AIP)
1/4 Cup Raw, Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Pinch of Sea Salt
Roast almonds, coconut flakes and sea salt in 1/2 teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil on stove top in pan (simple–that is how I did it)
Dark Cherries for added benefit of ant-inflammatory, pain-relieving properties (plus–extra yum)
**Note to Miraineurs**
Almonds, like all nuts can be migraine triggers.
I am able to tolerate 1/4 cup of them a few times a week. But I had to avoid them for 6 months before re-introducing them. I cannot use gelatin, whey, almond butter, soy, or other proteins that are often used in smoothies. You might find that a small amount of almonds are a “safe” protein for you also.
**To you Migrane Sufferers**
I am working on a blog post that addresses the things that I have found helpful in managing my migraines. After living with them for 20 years, I have literally tried almost everything out there.
The post I am working on is pretty extensive as I want it to be helpful to you.
For now, I want to let you know that there is a book that I have turned to more times than I can count since it’s release in 2002. Of all the migraine books that I have read, I think that Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buccholz provides the best education on migraines, treatment options (including natural), triggers and how to identify personal triggers.
There is so much more to migraines than one book can cover but this book has been my go-to and my top recommendation since it’s release.
You can view it here:
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