Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie

The world is supposed to end in 2012, right? Or the world as we know it. Some people think it will be some sort of catastrophic disaster. Others believe humanity will enter into a higher level of consciousness. And many believe it's all hogwash. With all of the political shifts and Occupy movements, I think it's easy to feel a sense of excitement. That there's change in the air. I certainly feel it.

But then again, it's November. I feel a shift with every season. And I wonder if every generation feels that something big is coming. I'd like to believe this movement in our internal psyches is happening right now, that the collective unconscious is undergoing a subtle grinding of gears that will leave us facing the world with a new understanding.

On a personal level, this past year has been a tumultuous upheaval of all I know and I have on occasional felt literally pushed into my present. In the last two years, I started a tradition of making a vision board in January. Everything I want in that year, I put smack dab in the middle of that board. I tack it to my wall. I stare at that board, during yoga or meditation, and focus on a word. This year, the words that have popped out at me the most have been "let go," "release," and "expand." And in the crazy way that only comes from a place of deepest desire and simultaneous fear, I have seen my vision boards come to life. Yesterday, I took out my 2010 vision board and stuck it on the wall next to my 2011 board. Side by side, it's like seeing a metaphorical storyboard of the last two years of my life. Well, the triumphant parts at least. What is missing is all the heartache that sits in the valleys when you try to climb mountains. But it's there, and I feel it as deeply as I feel the joy.

This is simply to say, whatever happens in 2012, I'm rooting for the shift in consciousness. Call me an optimist, a dreamer, or a romantic, but I feel the movement. I'm ready. And I have a feeling you are too.

What's coming for me this year?
  • Brittany and I officially signed our cookbook contract with Triumph Dining yesterday. Triumph Dining is the publisher of my favorite gluten-free dining out guides (see the link on my sidebar?), so being a part of their "Essential Gluten-Free" series is beyond exciting. By the end of December, I'll be done with this project that has taken on a life of its own this year, and I could not be more proud of anything I've done in my life. (So far...?)
  • I'll be following my passion and going back to my first love soon by taking on private weight-loss clients. I'm waiting until the cookbook is finished and sent off to the printers, but then I'll be pumped to start the new year doing what I love: helping women get back to the place they're meant to be; feeling awesome and loving themselves and their bodies. Why not take on 2012 from a fabulous place of peace and happiness!
  • In January, I'll be starting classes at Bastyr again, this time around taking it slow and not worrying about rushing through classes. Instead of graduating in 2012, I'll be finishing in 2013, which gives me time to pursue my other loves: this lovely little blog, weight loss counseling, and a few other projects I've got up my sleeves. 
Let's take 2012 by storm, beautiful people!

This chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie is for the shifter in all of us. It's a nutrient-dense breakfast that leaves you feeling light...which is exactly what you need to be present and ready for whatever comes. 

Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie (Print-Friendly Option)

1 1/2 tablespoons raw hemp seeds
1 cup ice cold water
1 cup pureed sweet potato
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa*
1 tablespoon coconut oil (room temperature)
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1/2 cup packed fresh kale (or spinach)
10 drops liquid stevia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus extra for sprinkling on top
unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish (optional)

  1. Blend the hemp seeds and water first, until they look like milk (about 30 seconds). Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Sprinkle cinnamon and coconut flakes on top if desired. 
* Extra cocoa can be used if you want a stronger chocolate taste. I only use a small amount because cocoa is high in amines, so I need to tread lightly. If you add more, you might need to add more stevia to counter the chocolate bite! And if you can't do chocolate, just leave it out. It will taste just as good!


Stephanie said...

absolutely delicious and inspiring! And the recipe looks good too ;)

Jonathan said...

Congratulations on your cookbook contract and following your passion! What we believe, we will achieve. :) Thank you for sharing, Iris!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Now why didn't I see this post before I had my breakfast today?? Darn it. It wil work for tomorrow though! :-)

Iris, I'm so very proud of you and all you've accomplished, dear. Woohoo on the cookbook contract, successful vision boards (even with the valleys, we need them as painful as they are), school plans, etc.! Will follow you along every step of the way!


Farty Girl said...

This is what I eat for breakfast every morning! Only I leave out the coconut oil, to cut calories. I love the orangey color you've got going on! Very fally!!!

CONGRATS on officially signing!!! It IS incredibly exciting that you got such a great publisher. You are SO on your way. I am proud and honored to know you as a friend and blogger!!!

Thanks for your comment on my blog! It made my day. <3 said...

Are you using raw pumpkin or canned?

I discovered that 2 spoonfuls of raw cacao is 1 too many for me. Bzzzzz. On a positive note, I'm WIDE awake. :P

Iris said...

I used a baked sweet potato the first time and canned sweet potato the second time. It would also be great with pumpkin and more stevia!

Gracie said...

Love this post. Cannot WAIT to see where you go with all these passions!! I am inspired by you doing what you love. I always knew you would get here (;


Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) said...

This looks deicious. I can't wait to add it to my breakfast rotation!

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

I just linked to this delicious recipe on my Orange Sweet Potato Smoothie post today. I couldn't resist the combination of sweet potato and chocolate. Brilliant, Iris!


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