Delicious Nutrient Packed Chocolate Smoothie

Step aside Boost Juice, your King William Chocolate has nothing on this!

The King William Chocolate has always been one of my favourites at Boost Juice. We previously experimented with our own King William Chocolate recipe which was not so healthy so I decided to play around with more nutrient dense ingredients with similar flavours to see if we could make a “healthier” smoothie. Here’s what we came up with…

Smoothies

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup hazelnut chocolate milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder (which is apparently way better than cocoa powder in terms of nutritional benefits – see below)
  • 1 large handful of spinach (you can also use wheatgrass or barley grass as an alternative)
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 tbsp Country Farm Organics 5 grains powder

Spinach vs Wheatgrass vs Barley Grass

In our haste to boost everything with as much nutrients as possible, I thought we should clarify a few points so we don’t end up overdoing it…

Cacao vs Cocoa

Here’s what they say on Food Matters

What’s the difference?

  • Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).
  • Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Roasting changes the molecular structure of the cacoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.

Benefits of Cacao

  • Lowers insulin resistance
  • Protects your nervous system
  • Shields nerve cells from damage
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces your risk of stroke
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Guards against toxins – it is a potent antioxidant (cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries!)
  • Boosts your mood
  • It is rich in minerals – magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.

Notes:

  • The nutrients can be damaged by the heating process so that makes cacao well suited for smoothies!
  • Dairy inhibits the absorption of antioxidants from cacao so stick to non-dairy milk in your cacao smoothies

Nut Milks

Nut milks contain carrageenan which is an additive that has been linked to gastrointestinal problems so although we used it in this recipe, we will be experimenting with alternative methods to get our nutrients from nuts in future.

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