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Thursday, October 18, 2012

just like a chocolate milkshake only not gonna give you diabetes

Smoothie season has well and truly kicked in, apparently. I know this, because my first thoughts upon waking each morning are "Oh my god! Which greens shall I use? Which berries? Milky or not milky? How many superfoods can I cram in today?! Reckon I can finally get the dog and the boyfriend to partake in more than just a taste?!"

Forcing smoothies upon others aside, today I awoke with chocolate on my mind (may or may not have been associated with the two ridic divine squares of Pana Chocolate I had for dessert last night. Ridic. Divine). I have a tried and true combination when it comes to chocolate based smoothies and that is the marriage of chocolate and blueberries. These two guys go together like whoa.

Cacao-berr-hini Green Smoothie:



Ingredients:

1/2 of a frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 heaping cup of greens - your choice (I used kale, silverbeet and bok choy)
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 scoop Sunwarrior sprouted brown rice protein
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
1 tbsp organic unhulled tahini (I wont be mad if you use hulled, promise)
1-1.5 cups almond milk (go crazy with soy, oat, rice or whathaveyou)

Add ins:

2 tbsp hempseeds
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 tbps cacao nibs

How it's done:

Put the first nine ingredients into a good quality blender and proceed to blend the crap out of it.

Pour into your receptacle of choice (I dig former pickle jars) about halfway. Add the flaxseeds and hempseeds. Stir rapidly with a spoon or straw. Pour in the rest of the smoothie and top with the cacao nibs. Drink up!

The reason I have started to add my hempseeds and flaxseeds POST blending is because I do not want to miss out on a single seed if I dont have to! They are too expensive and too nutritionally amazing to be gathering on the sides of my blender and being washed down the drain. In fact, I should probably start doing this with my protein powder too, seeing as it is the protein powder equivalent of Patron tequila (inappropriate comparison? Yes, perhaps). I suggest you heed my advice and do the same.

Green smoothie body shots aside, this is one delicious and nutritious powerhouse! The raw cacao involved is about as far removed as Cadbury's style schlock that you can get. Rich in antioxidant flavanoids, cacao is also a decent source of essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium - it is heart healthy and may help combat free radical damage.

Enjoy!




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