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Chia Choc Coconut Chill

This smoothie recipe is a great way to fix your chocolate craving while giving your body some amazing goodness! 

 

Cacao is thought to have first been used by the ancient Maya civilization in Central Ameria.  In modern times, cacao is used to make chocolate, and research has also revealed that it contains important compounds that can benefit your health!

 

If you can, use organic raw cacao.  The cacao gives this smoothie the rich chocolate taste, and it is loaded with polyphenols which also helps improve blood flow to your brain and brain function.

 

You may wonder what is the difference between cacao and cocoa?  It is not just the spelling!  You may be more familiar with cocoa powder, which is commonly used for baking chocolate cakes and brownies.  While both cacao and cocoa come from the same beans, cocoa is fermented, roasted, and processed at a high temperature. Packaged cocoa often contains added dairy and sugar.  Cacao is minimally processed and contains no additives, and is believed by many to be healthier.  And last, there are cacao nibs, which are fermented and dried pieces of cacao beans that are often used as toppings and decorations. 

  • Portion: Serves 1  |  Time: 35 min (need to soak the chia seeds)  |  Equipment: Blender

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 250 ml nut milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon organic raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A few blocks ice

TO MAKE THIS JUICE:

 

First, place the coconut milk (or other milk of your choice) in the blender and add the chia seeds.  Give it a stir, and leave it to soak for 30 minutes.

 

Now, just add the rest of the ingredients, and blend it on high speed until smooth!  Pour in a glass and sip slowly and enjoy the chocolate taste!

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4 reasons to

Add raw cacao to your smoothies

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  1. Cacao is rich in polyphenols that act as a natural antioxidant, as well as provide anti-inflammatory effects. 
  2. Cacao contains flavanols, which are thought to lower blood pressure.
  3. It appears that cacao also reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  4. The polyphenols improve blood flow to your brain and improve brain function.
  5. The positive effect on mood and stress levels may be due to cacao’s flavonols, which aids the conversation of tryptophan to the natural mood stabilizer serotonin.  

 

Nutritional Information Source: Healthline

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