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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is a lot of people's guilty pleasure. C'mon, don't tell us you don't sneak a bite when you're making cookies. Well, if you're looking for a way to make something healthy with that great... 000_005_762_joeyshake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is a lot of people's guilty pleasure. C'mon, don't tell us you don't sneak a bite when you're making cookies.

Well, if you're looking for a way to make something healthy with that great taste, our resident fitness and health guru Joey Rubino has just the recipe for you.

Check it out below and if you make it, let us know what you think!

Don't forget to check out Joey's artist page for more great tips.

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Joey's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Superfood

The recipe is real simple – however getting the ingredients might take a little effort, but will be well worth it. The ingredients used combined create a great superfood that tastes like desert, yet is so good for you-can you believe it?!

Right now, I drink this every morning (until I get sick of it)! It is so filling and sets me up for a good day. If I'm being completely honest, I make it really thick, so I'm able to use a spoon because there's something about eating a smoothie with a spoon that makes it so much more enjoyable!

Ingredients:
1 cup of Almond Milk
1 Tbsp (Tablespoon) of Maca Powder
6 drops of Liquid Vanilla Bean Stevia
2 Tbsp of Raw Protein
1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp of Cocoa Nibs
6 Ice Cubes

Directions:
Blend and serve in a cup or a bowl J Sprinkle with extra cocoa nibs on top and YUM! Get ready to enjoy a little taste of heaven. Now it's great that you find these ingredients and start enjoying this shake, but it's also really good for you to know how and why these things are so good for you. So here's the breakdown...

Almond Milk:
One of the major health benefits of almond milk is that it is lactose free. Lactose is a type of sugar which is present in cow's milk. When a lactose-intolerant person drinks milk, it causes abdominal discomfort, bloating and diarrhea. If you suffer any of such symptoms after consuming milk products, almond milk can give you the chance to enjoy the taste of milk symptom free. Almond milk is an extract of almonds. As these nuts are plant derived and lactose free, they can be easily substituted everywhere where one might use cow's milk which makes this one of the most important almond milk benefits.

Almonds are rich source of protein, and full of vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, fiber, iron, phosphorus and calcium. Most commercial almond milk preparations are fortified with additional calcium. Almond skins are also a rich source of heart healthy flavonoids which help to protect the heart. Additionally, since they're a good source of vitamin E, they're powerful antioxidants in the body. High levels of antioxidants inhibit the growth of free radicals that are responsible for cancer. Low in calories and no cholesterol and saturated fats makes this nut milk beverage very healthy and good for those people who are trying to lose weight. According to Discovery Health, one serving of unsweetened almond milk has 40 calories and one glass of sweetened almond milk has 70 calories.

Tocotrienol:
While you may have never heard of tocotrienol before, the truth is that it is an important nutrient factor for the body, and it is classified as being a part of the vitamin E group. Tocotrienol can be found in various nuts, oats, grains, wheat and barley. The benefits of adding tocotrienol to your diet is that even in relatively small doses it's known to help lower cholesterol levels in the blood by up to thirty five percent. And just as importantly it is a great building block of your body's natural immune system as well as aiding in reducing the risk of you contracting cancer.

Maca:
Maca is recommended for treatment of a host of hormone-related disorders and other conditions associated with hormone imbalance such as depression, insomnia, fatigue and acne. Research indicates that hormone-balancing maca also supports adrenal gland function, which is very important in times of stress when the adrenal glands produce large amounts of adrenaline. Athletes have been known to use maca to boost energy and stamina, and there are reports that this root increases mental function as well.

Cacao Nibs:
Cacao is rich in antioxidants. Studies indicate cacao has twice the antioxidant levels of red wine and three times that of green tea. It's also important to note that the antioxidants in cacao are very stable and easily available to human metabolism. Cacao nibs contain ten grams of antioxidants per 100 grams of beans. The antioxidants in cacao nibs are known to help: decrease blood pressure; improve circulation; promote cardiovascular functions and help fight heart disease; improve function of endothelial cells that line the circulatory system; provide protection from free radicals, which trigger cancer, heart disease and stroke; and improve digestion

Chia Seeds:
The reason chia seeds are so useful for runners and athletes is that they are capable of absorbing nine times their volume in water. You can make "chia gel" by combining one part chia seeds with nine parts water. The chia seeds gel up as they absorb water. Chia seeds, once soaked, make for an awesome source of fiber. You can include chia gel in your smoothies for extra fiber and energy. Eating more chia seeds helps to cleanse the digestive tract and can also help with elimination. Not to mention that chia seeds are a great way to bulk up a not so filling meal. After eating chia seeds you can feel satisfied for hours. Chia seeds are high in Omega 3′s – even higher than flax seeds. They are the highest vegetable source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids and oils are useful for absorbing fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Chia seeds are also helpful in absorbing calcium, which is important for vegetarians and vegans.

Raw Protein:
It's not only what RAW protein contains, it's also about what it doesn't contain – there are no fillers, no artificial flavors and no synthetic ingredients. It is gluten-free and dairy-free and contains no soy allergens. So for those looking for highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, easily digestible, high quality protein nutrition, look no further than RAW Protein from my good friends at Garden of Life.

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