Truth be told, I've been known to overcomplicate things. In the past, I would overthink and ruminate and play through even the smallest of decisions - there were literally nights I was so indecisive about what to make/order for dinner that I would end up going to sleep without eating. As you can imagine, the difficulty in making actual real life decisions was hundred-fold. It was totally out of hand.
In the last few months, as I've committed myself to my daily Kundalini practice, I have witnessed a newfound simplicity, clarity, and sense of confidence arise in what I say, do, and decide. I can feel that I'm strengthening my intuition "muscle" and learning to really hear + trust this internal guidance. It's a totally beautiful and awakening place to be, and it's been seeping into all areas of my life, including the way I eat + prepare food.
As of late, I've been whipping up this ultra simple "milkshake" as an afternoon snack to fuel long days of teaching, cooking, and writing. The flavor combination came about mainly because it's strawberry season here and I can't get enough of coconut fat for it's incredible mental health effects. If you have yet to hear, fat is your friend. We're all different in what our bodies need, but in my case, fat is my best friend. These days, my diet consists of about 60% fat. Yup.
I have struggled with depression my entire life since a really young age, and in more recent years, chronic fatigue, adrenal burnout, and anxiety/panic. There's definitely a variety of tools that have helped me recover (said daily Kundalini practice being a huge one), but including more high quality fat in my diet was a real turning point. The increases in mood + cognitive disorders that we've seen in recent years correlates with the rise in popularity of low fat diets, and researchers suspect that this nutritional fad is to blame. Ensuring that you consume enough healthy fat will protect you from memory loss (short- and long-term), inability to focus, anxiety, depression, fatigue, low energy, and insomnia.
I also love fat because it fills you up and eases sugar cravings, which are generally really helpful elements of a meal or snack.
It's not totally necessary, but I recommend adding a scoop or two of collagen to your milkshake, as it provides protein, supports gut health, and nourishes + heals skin from the inside out. It has absolutely no taste and so many benefits that I tend to sneak it into more meals than not.
STRAWBERRIES, CREAM, AND COLLAGEN MILKSHAKE
- 1.5 cups organic strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened full-fat coconut milk (be sure to find a BPA-free can)
- 1-2 scoops collagen peptides
- 1/2 cup water
Make smoothie: Combine all ingredients into your blender and combine until smooth and creamy. You many want/need to add a bit more water to reach your desired consistency. I tend to keep mine pretty thick (it is a milkshake). Option to top with an additional dollop of coconut milk or coconut yogurt.