November 6, 2016

Signature Metabolism Boosting Shake

I made up this shake recipe based on my knowledge of what nutrients we are most commonly lacking in our daily diets. Nutrients like healthy fats, probiotics, zinc, selenium, vitamin C and K, magnesium and fiber are often missing in sufficient quantities in our diets, even if you eat really well!

The fact is, our food supply has lost a very large percentage of its micronutrient quantity and quality, due to poor farming practices that overuse the soil and don’t replenish its nutrients.

According to the USDA, an apple picked today has 96% less iron, 48% less calcium, 84% less phosphorous and 82% less magnesium than an apple grown only 80 years ago.

At this point, farmers and big agriculture are only concerned with sales. If they are growing tomatoes or spinach, etc and it looks like tomatoes and spinach, that’s all that matters. These products may look the same, but I assure you, they are not what they once used to be in terms of nutrition. That’s why I do support the use of a good quality multivitamin. Unless you have access to fresh and local, fruits, veggies and meats year round, you simply can’t get the required micronutrients from food that are required for optimal health.

img_2557This shake is a great meal replacement and focuses on the above key nutrients that are needed for a healthy metabolism via feeding your glands, organs and cells with the nutrients they need to run optimally. You will see that this shake has carefully selected ingredients that you may otherwise not be getting on a daily basis. I also selected these ingredients based on convenience. I wanted the ingredients to be on hand at all times, without spoiling!

This recipe does require a decent blender because of the greens, nuts and seeds. I use a Ninja brand blender, which we totally love. I was able to fit all the ingredients into the single cup attachment, which is always super convenient.

Signature Metabolism Boosting Shake

Makes 1 serving


  • 1/2 frozen banana (I have a bag of peeled 1/2 bananas in the freezer at all times)
  • 6 oz container of organic, full fat plain yogurt (I like the sidehill farm brand)
  • 1 Tbs raw cocoa powder (I got mine HERE)
  • 2 Tbs pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Brazil nuts
  • 1/3 can coconut milk (blend the entire can separately and store the rest in the fridge). You can substitute 1 tsp coconut oil if you don’t have this handy.
  • 1/4 cup organic frozen chopped spinach
  • Unsweetened almond milk or water until desired texture is met (I like Silk brand)


  1. Throw all ingredients in blender cup and blend WELL

Useful tip: If you want to make this ahead of time for later, just use a thermos and give it a good shake before you open it.







  1. Marla Kahn Mcconnell November 8, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    What is the difference between raw cocoa powder and unsweetened cocoa powder? Is there a replacement for the yogurt?
    Thanks. Marla

    • Marit Harney November 15, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Hi Marla,
      There is a big difference between cocoa and cacao powder (way to be confusing!). CACAO is what you are actually looking for, ideally although the other will still have benefits. CACAO powder has not been processed with heat, so it retains its antioxidant and enzymatic qualities. COCOA powder has been heat treated. Neither should have added sugar. Just make sure to check the ingredients 🙂

      • Marit Harney November 15, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

        Yes, you could use a good quality whey protein powder or the Kite Hill brand yogurt (almond milk based) if you are looking for a dairy free swap.

  2. Paula January 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Recipes sound good except I don’t like coconut

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