Something I haven’t shared on the blog yet is my not-so-secret love for YA fiction. YA is not some impressive acronym in the wellness world, in case you’re wondering, it stands for Young Adult.
I love YA fictional novels as well as the movies and television shows that are based on them. I used to be embarrassed of this love even when I was a young adult and was completely entitled to love all things YA. Heading into my thirties (eek) I’ve become entirely less insecure about having interests or tastes in less popular options. I’ve also realized that my love has not faltered after all of these years, so I can picture myself in my nineties devouring the latest YA fiction.
My latest obsession finished a month ago on Netflix – Riverdale. This series is based off of the Archie comics. I grew up devouring Betty and Veronica Double Digests so it was a fun surprise to see this pop up in my Netflix feed.
While the series is an incredibly far cry from the original comic books, the eerie and angsty teenage tones perfectly satisfied my YA heart. I’ve decided that a night of Netflix after a long day of work can totally be added to one’s list of self care rituals if it is captivating and not a completely mindless way to zone out.
Archie and the gang frequently hang out at Pop’s Chock’Lit Shoppe where many milkshakes are enjoyed. I am not unlike you, I am easily influenced by food on television. It’s a big reason I watch less TV and avoid commercials during a detox.
Inspired by Pop’s and in-season strawberries, I set out to recreate my own strawberry milkshake. But without dairy. And with greens. Basically it’s entirely different but right up my alley. I just can’t make a smoothie without greens. I feel like I’m adding to the misleading glorified milkshakes all over Pinterest. I also know how easy it is to go the entire day without eating anything green. So my milkshake is a green smoothie version of a milkshake.
Just because this smoothie is dairy-free, doesn’t mean it’s not creamy. The coconut oil and hemp hearts make it dreamy, while adding fat and protein respectively. This milkshake is a meal in disguise that will keep you feeling full for hours.
I live off of hemp hearts. For real. On my journey to figure out my BLAHs, emphasis on the B, I was severely restricted with my food options. Because of this, there were (temporarily) no protein powders that I could eat. Today I am at a point where I could add protein powders back into my diet but after eating up to 12 tablespoons per day for almost a year, I don’t even plan on going back to powders since hemp hearts left me free from the BLAHs.
Hemp hearts are hypoallergenic, making it highly unlikely that you would react to them. This also means they fit into any style of eating. Basically hemp hearts are non-exclusive. There are a ton of other reasons why I love hemp hearts but this may be my favourite reason.
I am so happy to be a brand ambassador for Manitoba Harvest but I want you to know that I would be writing this post regardless. In fact, I have been sharing my Manitoba Harvest love for years and those of you that have been along for the ride know this is a perfect match. I have always shared honestly here and on my social media profiles and will continue to do so.
With the sweetness of the strawberries, you won’t even really notice the greens, except for the colour. If the green colour makes you turn green, try adding in one tablespoon of red beet crystals. You can notice how dramatically the colour changes in the photo. This is my secret weapon to help kids (and picky adults) drink green smoothies.
You can think of Archiekins while you sip this strawberry no-milk shake.
- 1 cup water
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup coconut milk (from the can)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 10 strawberries
- Place ingredients in a blender.
- Blend and enjoy!