Hot Burns, Cold Treats
First, I coached my husband through making me a delicious cashew milk and chia seed pudding. He threw a frozen banana, some cashew milk, date paste, and collagen (to help thicken and to help me heal!) into a blender then mixed in chia seeds. This thickened up beautifully into a rice-pudding-esque treat. I always had rice pudding or tapioca when I was sick as a kid. It’s one of my mom’s favorites, and nothing can compare to her homemade, stove-top eggy delights. But this came close enough that I got some comfort from a bowl or two!
I know it’s mostly mental, but I really believe the cold food and drink helped bring my burn temperature down. It felt hot the entire time we were out and didn’t start to cool until I was home again with my cold water bottle and applesauce from the fridge. I think this makes my milkshake craving a bit more forgivable. 😉
A Cake Smoothie?! How is this okay??
I know. A smoothie defies the Whole30 premise of eating and not drinking your nutrients and calories. It is tricking my brain into not being as full as it should be. It *gasp* could contain vanilla extract, which contains alcohol. And it could be used as a dessert substitute, which is a definite no-no. But you know what? There is no added sugar or sugar substitute of any kind, it is full of healthy fats, has a fruit and a vegetable in it, and keeps me from truly breaking my Whole30 with a dang cookie when I’m suffering from a severe burn wound. So I’m not going to be too hard on myself for this little paleo deviation and instead feel proud that I made such a healthful choice while trying to stay sane despite the pain.
So, yeah. Don’t treat this like breakfast. Don’t treat this like dessert. Maybe treat it like an after-school snack? Or maybe just reserve it as a last desperate play to prevent you from falling off the wagon entirely. But if it is in your Whole30, then let yourself make it and enjoy. Or, just enjoy it anyway because it’s dang delicious!
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1 Tbsp date paste
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract / vanilla bean powder if you're a stickler for compliance
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 scoop collagen (optional, just makes it extra creamy)
- Dump everything into a blender and mix until smooth.
- We keep collagen on hand for bulletproof coffee and to make lattes creamier; it's just heaven in this milkshake!
- We also cook our sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker during Sunday food prep. It makes them super sweet and allows us to cook them without adding any additional oil!
- You can make your own date paste or order some on Amazon to keep in the fridge.