Chocolate, Chia, and Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Chocolate, Chia, and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and ALA, protein and dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and manganese. Walnuts contain protein, dietary fiber and essential amino acids. Both of these ingredients are slow-burning fuels.

Spinach is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which helps the body recover from physical or emotional stress and supports the adrenal glands, so even if your day if rough, you’re going to make it through with some spinach.

Cacao is a good source of antioxidants, and theobromine, a stimulant similar to caffeine. It also may help promote the metabolism of sugar. Combine them all together for an energizing smoothie.

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Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 Cup baby spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons soaked chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cacao nibs or powder
  • 2 Cups walnut milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon lucuma
  • a pinch sea salt
  • honey to taste

Directions

Prepare the walnut milk and soak the chia seeds. To soak chia seeds: mix 1/3 cup of whole chia seeds in 2 cups water, apple juice, or nut milk for at least 20 minutes. The seeds will become a gel, and you can store this gel in the fridge for up to a week. Add all ingredients to blender and blend till smooth. This smoothie tastes like a chocolate ice cream shake without the obligatory post-sugar crash and food coma to follow.

Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.

Chocolate Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.

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