When I say I have sweet cravings in the morning, I really mean I crave dessert. Unfortunately, dessert for breakfast is frowned upon by our rule-abiding society of self acclaimed health professionals. Sure we need to fuel our bodies in ways that will enable us to perform our best, but I don’t believe this means eliminating all sugar from our diet. That’s right: sugar is not bad. I’m not going to lie though, my appreciation for carbohydrates has not come easily. Allowing myself to truly embrace the importance of glucose has come from learning about its importance in helping the human body function. We aren’t meant to eat “sandwiches” in lettuce wraps all the time. Bagels are not synonymous with the devil. And those 20 grams of sugar in a serving of dates will not send you into a blood sugar catastrophe. I still struggle to abide by this mindset sometimes. For example, I have avoided bananas in oatmeal for nearly two years, thinking that the carbs will ruin my well-being. How ridiculous is that?! I now know that this irrational thought couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, these carbs will provide me with more energy to help me reach my full potential in my daily activities.
The media lies and tells us horror stories of the deadly doings of sugar, but if they only knew the real scoop. Carbohydrates are friends AND food, and instead of eliminating them, I’m going to embrace them. And by that I mean eat dessert for breakfast. By this I do not promote going out and eating a dozen donuts for breakfast. Like anything else in life, glucose should be eaten in moderation. For me moderation is a balanced amount in every meal in the form of a whole grain or natural sugar. Or every once in awhile a homemade chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven.
In this recipe the natural sugars from the banana and the date will help to satisfy your sweet craving and deliver you with plenty of energy in the form of carbohydrates. If you’re feeling like you need an extra boost of energy (aka if it’s monday), sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top of your frosty. Treat yo self.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 scoops Sprout Living Chocolate Maca Brown Rice Protein
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more if you prefer a thinner smoothie)
- 1 pitted medjool date
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
If you’ve struggled or are struggling with accepting carbohydrates in your diet, I recommend checking out Robyn of The Real Life RD’s articles pertaining to the topic of carbohydrates and their importance to the human body. Her blog has helped me incorporate them back into my diet, and I am forever grateful.