It's well-known that sugar fuels inflammation and inflammation is the root cause of all chronic disease. Autoimmune diseases are chronic in nature and one of the keys to recovery from painful symptoms is nutrition. I've always had a sweet tooth, but since learning how to manage my autoimmune disease, I vary rarely consume added sugar, and I don't consume dairy other than butter. I don't miss sugar, milk, cheese, or yogurt, but if I'm honest, I do miss ice cream at times. My husband knows of my love of ice cream, so when he came across an article about hummus "milkshakes," he was quick to share. I was somewhat skeptical just from the name. Traditional hummus has garlic, olive oil, and tahini - none of which seems appetizing in the form of a milkshake. But we gave it a try, and it's UNBELIEVABLE!
At this point in my autoimmune recovery, I could probably have a small milkshake without much problem. But, it's not worth it to me to risk the possible recurrence of symptoms. And, now that I know the harmful effects of added sugars on the body and brain, I just can't do it. If you're looking for an interesting alternative that will nourish your body, try the recipe below.
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained
1/2 frozen banana
1 Tbsp almond butter
Blend and enjoy!
You can add pretty much any healthy ingredient and create your own version. Just keep those ingredients organic to maximize nutrient content and minimize toxins.
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