chocolate mint smoothie

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in smoothies | 0 comments

Raw cacao is considered a superfood, as it contains a large amount of antioxidants and just about the most magnesium and chromium contained in any food.  It is different than the dark chocolate we buy in bars because it is not processed at all and therefore retains all of its nutritional benefits.  Magnesium happens to be the most deficient mineral in our diets, and it is important because it relaxes muscles, improves movement in the bowels, and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system.  Chromium is excellent for maintaining blood sugar, so it is beneficial to those with diabetes and those trying to lose weight.  The antioxidants in cacao have been proven to literally dissolve plaque built up in our arteries which helps reverse heart disease and naturally lowers blood pressure.

In addition to raw cacao, this smoothie adds another serving of greens and healthy fat and fiber.  Enjoy!

chocolate mint smoothie
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Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 heaping scoop vanilla protein (whey, egg, or rice)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 heaping tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 dropper vanilla creme liquid stevia
  • Optional: raw cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender, and blend on high until smooth. Add more almond or coconut milk if needed. Garnish with raw cacao nibs if desired.

 

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