How to make a dairy free, a healthy chocolate milkshake the whole family will love – dairy free, sugar free.

Adding extra goodness to your smoothies and juice is easy and very worthwhile for added health benefits.  Here is an extensive list of power supplements that are natural, whole foods. I use a range of extracts and concentrated herbs, tinctures and ground foods to boost the immune system and increase energy.

Start with 1 tbsp. Cacao, 1 litre of water, a few cubes of ice and 1 banana. This is the basis for a great milkshake.  It depends on who is drinking this. If you are trying to get more veg into your kids add a handful of spinach – more than likely they won’t even notice. Cacao is an unprocessed ground chocolate powder. It is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from ageing and disease caused by free radicals. Cacao has also been found to help regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol while building the immune system. It is also rich in magnesium, an energy mineral and vital electrolyte. Cacao is rich in minerals and lowers cholesterol.

If you are a pre or post-menopausal busy mum add some Maca. It is the ultimate root, high in protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Maca is known to increase libido, fertility, general energy and stamina. It is said to have powerful aphrodisiac effects for both men and women. It can also be used as a natural hormone balancer for women and can be used to reduce insomnia and acne for both sexes. It is a natural balancer both inside and out.

If you are a busy person that needs more energy, especially if exercising really hard, Chia Seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. They are packed With Antioxidants, this should increase fullness, slow absorption of your food and help you eat fewer calories. Plus they contain a decent amount of protein. They also contain a good balance of essential amino acids. Chia Seeds are packed with anti-oxidants fuels the body and mind. If you find these too expensive, Linseeds or flax seeds are just as good and are grown here in the UK – so they are cheaper and local. Grind them up first before adding them. 

A good all round addition for the entire family is organic hemp seeds. They are a great source of easily digested protein and a good alternative to soy. Hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids.  Packed with both omega-6 fat which is called GLA (gamma linolenic acid).  GLA is a great anti-inflammatory, it fights against the symptoms of PMS, Hair loss, bad skin, This can be helpful to anyone with an inflammatory conditions: asthma, MS, fibromyalgia and arthritis.  Plus it lowers cholesterol!  Organic Hemp seeds are protein rich and a great all-rounder.

If you are working out and sweeting a lot, himalayan rock salt is a natural salt, it is harvested in mountains in Pakistan and is prized for its nutritional content and the fact that it is unprocessed. It also contains 60 to 65 trace minerals and can help keep your blood pressure in check as well as aiding in cardiovascular function.

If you are like me and want abundant energy, are busy and trying to jam a lot into your day then throw the lot in. Post lunch it is a fantastic way to stay energised, vibrant and buzzing for the entire day.