I am in love with this smoothie because it tastes like a chocolate thickshake but is filled with fruits and veggies. It’s made with heart-health boosting food and full of vitamins and nutrients to support your body with plenty of short term and long term benefits. Not many of us have the time to really look into the nutritional benefits of the food that we eat, so here’s everything you need to know about what makes these very special ingredients so amazing and potentially life-saving.
To make this I use a large Nutribullet cup but any smoothie maker should do the job.
2 tsp of raw cacao
I’ll rave about raw cacao powder first as there is so much more to it than meets the eye. This isn’t just the bitter version of what makes Dairy Milk, this is a true super food with huge health benefits.
Raw cacao is high in antioxidants; it contains more anti-ox’s than acai and blueberries per 100g. Mind blown. It has the ability to boost your immune system as well as lowering blood pressure just as effectively as fruit and vegetables which are also high in antioxidants. Make sure you go for a raw and unsweetened version of cacao which is also high in magnesium. It’s easy to get confused with cocoa, which although comes from the same bean. The key difference is that is has been cooked at a high temperature which means it will have less nutritional value.
Cacao is also said to have similar properties to aspirin and supports your heart by naturally thinning the blood as well as contributing to lower blood pressure.
1 cup of raw beetroot
I was a late starter when it comes to beetroot. I’ve been eating it now for about nine months and I love it, it’s now rare to not have it in the house. Beetroot isn’t super high in nutrients compared to some veggies but it still packs a decent punch when it comes to supporting heart and liver health. This beautiful purple root helps the liver by helping it to produce detoxifying chemicals and antioxidant pigments that help manage the body’s toxins and remove them from the body. This root is super effective, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improving the blood’s oxygen intake all through its antioxidant powers.
Like some of the other foods in this smoothie, beetroot also has cancer-fighting properties and similar to cacao works like a natural aspirin to prevent blood clots.
1tsp of nut butter (heaped if you love it as much as I do)
I could sit with a tub of peanut butter (or cashew or almond… or any of them) and a spoon and eat it all – I love it. Always have, always will. If you’re buying any type of nut butter make sure it is free of palm oil and sugar. If you’re making your own you have nothing to worry about, just make sure the nuts are raw and not covered in salt (or anything else!).
I used crunchy peanut butter (smooth is also fine). These little fellas should not be underestimated. They are energising as well as boosting mood and brain function through their high amino acid properties. They are great for heart health, being rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E helping to prevent strokes, heart attacks and cancer.
Two big handfuls of baby spinach
Eat as much of this stuff as you can and your body will be hugely grateful. This green leaf takes this smoothie nutrient intake up a notch with it being full of iron and over twice the daily allowance of vitamin K which is awesome for the health of your bones. Spinach does more than give Popeye big muscles, it also has anti-cancer fighting properties, is full of vitamin C and buddies up with its beta-carotene properties to work against bad cholesterol which is good news for your heart.
If you love to learn, stock up on spinach – tests have shown it can improve motor skills and learning ability thanks to its vitamin E.
1 cup of pomegranate seeds
Make sure you share this smoothie with the men in your life because pomegranate is known to support prostate health by lowering the levels of prostates-specific antigen which can cause cancer.
That aside, pomegranate has been used for thousands of years to support a healthy body because it has a mega amount of antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial power.
Like cacao pomegranate helps to lower blood pressure and also helps to keep blood vessels supple by improving elasticity.
Supporting the body’s mobility and joint health is something I value highly and pomegranates are one way of helping me nourish my body’s ability to move. The antioxidant power of this fruit can help the body battle the processes that lead to arthritis.
1 banana to sweeten
If you’re busy, bananas are a great snack to keep your energy levels boosted. But they’re actually cleverer than you think because they release energy in two ways. First up, they provide you with a quick fix via the glucose and then a follow-up slow release through fructose. Bananas are also good for your heart because they are a potassium power-house which can help to reduce blood pressure and the risk of stroke and heart disease.
This banana plays a bigger role in this smoothie though. It contains a prebiotic which supports good bacteria in your gut. If you’re gut is well nourished it will work harder for you by improving its ability to absorb the optimum amount of key nutrients as food is being processed. This means that all the amazing stuff that you’re putting into your body by drinking this smoother has a greater chance of being used to its full potential.
Blasted with enough water as you need or a nut or oat milk if you have one to hand.
Then enjoy – I hope you love it as much as I do….
Let me know,