Healthy Weight Week 2016 - Monday

Healthy Tips

A Healthier Chocolate Thickshake

by Lilian Dikmans

I love chocolate thick shakes, but those are definitely a 'sometimes' food!

I decided to come up with a healthier version, containing cashew nuts and raw zucchini, which could pass as a quick breakfast or snack.

Serves: 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Gluten-free | Low Fructose

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  • 3 x 20mL tbsp IsoWhey Ivory Coast Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Handful of raw cashew nuts (or tablespoon of nut butter)
  • Large handful of frozen zucchini*, chopped
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Raw cacao nibs for topping


  1. Place all ingredients (except for the cacao nibs) into a NutriBullet or high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with some cacao nibs for crunch.

Top tip: wash and chop up raw zucchini, then freeze it in zip lock bags to add to smoothies.


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I eat real foods

I eat protein (meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, grass-fed where possible), fat (cold-pressed olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil, olives, avocado, coconut, raw nuts and seeds, dark chocolate and some cheese) and carbohydrates (a wide range of seasonal vegetables and some fruit, rice, quinoa, buckwheat and oats in smaller quantities). I buy organic where possible.

I also don't count calories or macronutrients. I just focus on eating the most nutrient-dense foods. I listen to my body and adjust accordingly (e.g. if I'm working out a lot, I increase carbohydrates; if I'm still hungry after a meal, I eat more fat and/or protein).

I try not to eat crap

Yeah, I'm not a saint. And I'm careful not to be too restrictive. I just try not to make it a habit. In the past, it was all or nothing for me. Now, I manage to be a lot more moderate. If I have a day of less-than-ideal food choices, I don't stress and just get back on track the next day. These days I find that my body usually craves healthy foods because that's what makes me feel good.

I love to move my body

I love anything physical and exercise does good things for my mental state. I train the Thai martial art Muay Thai most days of the week. I practice some yoga at home (mostly Yin yoga to stretch and restore). More generally, I love being outside. If it's an outdoor activity, I'm down. I love mountains and hiking. I love the beach (surf beach though, otherwise I get bored).

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About Lilian Dikmans

Lilian is a blogger and recipe developer (and lawyer) who believes that healthy living should be easy (and delicious). You can check out her recipes, tips and hacks for leading a healthy life here.

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