This week, we learned how to make Stacy Stowers’ famous Happy Shake – a salad disguised as delicious chocolate ice cream!

Photo Courtesy of Stacy Stowers

Imagine losing excess weight and feeling more healthy and energized by eating chocolate ice cream everyday. It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not – and we have the recipe to prove it!

Ok, it’s not actually chocolate ice cream but it looks, smells and tastes like it… and isn’t that what matters! Stacy Stowers’ goal in creating the Happy Shake was to make spinach (which is highly alkaline and therefore beneficial for the body) taste good enough to eat everyday. We must say, the results are impressive, and the health benefits are even more so.

In addition to spinach, which keeps you feeling full and delivers essential vitamins, the Happy Shake also contains dark berries like cherries and blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants and have beauty-boosting benefits. Raw cacao and maca powder are also powerful ingredients blended into the chocolately concoction, and they have a blissful effect on the body.

Stowers says she drinks the Happy Shake for breakfast, and suggests replacing one meal per day with the tasty soft-serve treat. For more insanely delicious (and sometimes deceiving!) raw food recipes, pick up her book, Eat Raw Not Cooked – available at

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Happy Shake Recipe


1/2 cup water

3 to 4 cups spinach

1 tablespoon coconut oil or 1 organic egg

1 tablespoon raw maca powder

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1 cup frozen blueberries

3/4 cup frozen cherries

1/4 cup frozen banana, sliced in small pieces before freezing

Optional: a little raw honey for extra sweetness

Optional: 3 ice cubes for hot humid days

Optional: Raw cacao nibs, goji berries or shredded coconut


1. In your Vitamix or blender start with the water.

2. Add the spinach (note –  Kale is too bitter for this recipe)

3. Add the coconut oil or egg. Good fat won’t make you fat!

4. Add the maca powder and cacao powder.

5. Blend all ingredients until they yield 1 cup of green sludge.

6. Add the 2 cups frozen fruit.

7. Use a plunger or carrot to push frozen fruit down. Do not overblend.

8. Add optional toppings of choice.

Will you try the Happy Shake? We want to know what you think of this yummy raw food recipe! Let us know in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Photo Courtesy of Stacy Stowers

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