Posted on: August 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm
Last updated: March 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm

This awesome post was written by Alina Islam, a wonderful Certified Nutritional Practitioner from Toronto, Canada. She is a writer, speaker and nutritional consultant. You can read more of her work at or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Ever go to a smoothie or juice bar with the best of intentions, only to walk away with the least healthy option? In my pre-nutritionist days, I used to go to Booster Juice or Jugo Juice with the plan of picking up a super green drink, something along the lines of kale with magical berries and a wonderwoman booster or whatever. And then lo and behold, I would return with a large “funky monkey”, because a) it had a fun name and made me feel like a funky monkey, and b) because the three ingredients were bananas, chocolate soy milk and vanilla frozen yogurt…YUM 😀

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with these ingredients, it’s the chocolate soy milk and the vanilla frozen yogurt. GMO soy milk aside, the fact that they are flavoured typically indicates the presence of added sweeteners like sugar or corn syrup. To confirm my hunch, I went to the Booster Juice website and found that the large serving of ‘Funky Monkey’ indeed has 67g of sugar. No wonder I felt like a Funky Monkey, I was essentially snorting a line of sugar.


So instead, I’ve come up with my own recipe with more nutritious ingredients and without the sugar crash. While you will find some natural sugar from the banana and blueberries in this recipe, there is no added sugar, and there is also plenty of good fat, fibre, an protein to slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream. All bias aside (if that’s possible), this smoothie tastes better to me than the original and I feel much fuller as well!

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Chocolate Banana Shake


Serves: 1


  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1.5 cups vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. raw almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp. raw cacao


  • Blend altogether in a high-powered blender for 1-2 minutes
  • Adjust consistency to your liking
  • Enjoy

This article was republished with permission from Alina Islam

Alina Islam
Certified Nutritional Practitioner, CNP
"Alina Islam is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and in-house nutritionist at The Hearty Soul in Toronto, Canada. Through her relatable approach, Alina loves to educate and empower her clients to create long-lasting, sustainable change using food, lifestyle and natural supplements as her toolkit. Click here to claim her free eBook, 'The Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep' to lose up to 10 pounds, skyrocket your energy and take control of your health."

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