I need an energy boost. The holidays are over and things are back to normal… that means school work. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately, along with my sister, and find they’re a great way to get loads of easy-to-digest, delicious nutrients in quickly. They make a fast meal or snack and you can make it taste like a chocolate milkshake. Nothin’ wrong with that. This is a sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free way to get a whack of nutrients in for a healthy new year. Liquid nutrition at its finest. Yummy. My brother, sister-in-law and baby niece gave me a WONDERFUL Ayurvedic cookbook that has a raw cacao smoothie recipe that I’ve adapted to my liking. My sister likes to add a scoop of protein powder for an extra potent brew. I’ve also stopped being so lazy and brought out my nice camera to use on this site, oh la la. If I haven’t already mentioned the benefits of cacao nibs or chocolate on this site before, here’s a bit of information:
Cacao Nibs/Cocoa/Raw Chocolate, etc:
Full of magnesium, iron, fibre and proanthocyanidin flavonoids that aid in diminishing free radicals. Raw chocolate, raw cacao, raw cacao nibs and dark (at least 70%) chocolate also contain phenols that sweep arterial plaque buildup, along with lowering blood pressure. Cacao/Cocoa/Chocolate was eaten by the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans for its natural energy-boosting properties. It contains many substances that act like stimulants to release endorphins in your brain, which in turn, make you feel energized and chipper.
Raw Chocolate “Milk”Shake
1/2 cup soaked raw cashews or raw almonds (soak nuts for at least 7 hours or overnight)
1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp cacao nibs + more for garnish
2 tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
Ice to thicken and make frothy and water to thin.
Drain the soaked, raw cashews or almonds and place in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Add ice to thicken and a splash of water to thin if it’s too thick.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
*Protein powder can be added to this recipe if you want to make it more substantial. Also, a banana is nice.