Who says you can’t have your chocolate and drink it too? In addition to raw cacao, this smoothie is dense in other detoxifying whole foods. I’ll just highlight a few:
1. I always have a bag of raw cacao powder in my freezer. It’s made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao as well as leaves the antioxidants and other nutrients intact. This tasty ingredient has a long list of health benefits and is high in minerals, like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.
2. Because this smoothie contains LOTS of dark fruits and veggies like spinach, blueberries, raspberries and carrots, it’s loaded with powerful antioxidants like vitamins A and C, which fight free radical damage.
3. The addition of Brazil nuts also provides you with your daily dose of selenium to support metabolism.
4. I made sure to include other healthy fats like flax and hemp, which also nourish the skin.
5. Using spirulina in your smoothies is a great way to incorporate this superfood into your diet. It’s also a potent antioxidant and is packed with concentrated levels of vitamins and minerals. It has a pretty strong flavour, though, so I recommend starting off slowly and working your way up as you develop a taste for it.
6. Speaking of taste, medjool dates are a great way to sweeten your smoothies. They contain naturally occurring sugars accompanied by a list of other nutrients, which slow absorption and won’t cause a blood sugar spike.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup loosely packed spinach
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup shredded carrot
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 brazil nuts
- 1 tbps flax seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 pitted dates
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed mixer or food processor and blend until smooth!