Fasten your seat belts. This is a power smoothie. After sipping on this you will feel as if your inner turbo power has been turned up full pelt. It’s fabulous. I stepped out of my comfort zone at the health food store the other day and purchased some Raw Cacao Powder and some Raw Cacao Nibs. I’ve always thought of chocolate as a super food, however even though Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate may taste super I don’t really think it does your body (or the shape of it) much good. So I decided to go to the very source of chocolate – the raw cacao and I struck gold. Admittedly I did sweeten the smoothie with a dash of agave nectar but this is the very definition of powerful good. I went from feeling exhausted to fully charged but not in the jittery caffeinated way I know so well – this was a much more even and long lasting energy.
Rather like a soup you can mix and match your ingredients depending on what you have available. I used almond milk as a base, but coconut, hemp, soy or regular cows milk would work wonderfully. I added half an avocado as I’m a firm believer in “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away.” I offer up my recipe but be creative, perhaps a dollop of almond butter would add a welcome nutty flavor. If you can get your hands on the cacao powder and nibs I strongly recommend them.
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon protein powder
1 teaspoon (or to taste) agave nectar
1/2 banana (optional)
1/4 cup goji berries
A handful of ice cubes
Place all the ingredients into the blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs. Enjoy!