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August 2, 2011

Seriously, just try this and I swear -- you will never again be bothered to reach for a milk shake or a Frappuccino!

The raw cacao gives you tons of energy and nutrition. Cacao is in fact the highest antioxidant food on the planet with lots of magnesium, chromium, iron, and manganese. And most importantly -- it's totally delicious! Chocolate improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, and is an aphrodisiac as well as a mood and energy enhancer. Wow! Now that's a super food.

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Fresh mint has a real cooling effect on the body, promotes digestion and it soothes the stomach. The strong aroma of mint is very effective in opening up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs and can give great relief from colds, asthma etc.

Fresh homemade almond milk is far superior compared to the kind you buy in a store. In fact, almonds contain the most nutrients in comparison to all other nuts with high levels of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Almond milk has even been proven to promote weight loss. The mono-saturated fat in almonds satisfies appetite and prevents over-eating.

Presenting The Chocolate Mint Chip Shake

(Serves 1)

2 tbsp. raw cacao powder

1 tbsp. raw cacao nibs

1 ½ cup almond milk

Leaves of five stems of fresh mint

¼ tsp. vanilla extract

5 drops of stevia

4 ice cubes

Blend up and sip slowly.

Enjoy!

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Katrine van Wyk
Katrine van Wyk
Registered Yoga Teacher

Katrine van Wyk is a Brooklyn-based certified holistic health coach, yoga teacher, and author of the books Best Green Drinks Ever, Best Green Eats Ever, and Super Powders: Adaptogenic Herbs and Mushrooms for Energy, Beauty, Mood, and Wellbeing. She has a bachelor's in media and culture from New School University, and became a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Van Wyk later received her RYT-200 Yoga Teacher certification at Yoga Works in New York City.

She moved to New York from Norway in 2006 as a model before beginning her career in wellness. She works closely with Dr. Frank Lipman at his practice in Manhattan, helping to guide his high–profile patients through dietary changes to fit them into their demanding and busy lives. Van Wyk is the nutrition adviser for The Juicery and her advice has been featured in Vogue, Prevention and Forbes.