Healthy Beginnings


gallery-chocolate-shakeThis love-colored smoothie is sure to satisfy your craving for something decadent this month. You can indulge in the flavor of dark chocolate covered cherries, but with very little sugar and a whole lot of antioxidants. This shake is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!

Time: 5 minutes

Serves 1 person

INGREDIENTS: Use organic whenever possible

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 serving plain or vanilla plant-based protein powder or meal replacement powder (here I used USANA Nutrimeal Free)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 2/3 cup filtered water


Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and gradually blend from low speed to high speed for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Shannon Vigil is a Holistic Health Coach and creator of a healthy recipes blog. Visit her online at