Not only is this smoothie insanely delicious, it will also boost your mood making you feeling amazing! It contains healthy fats from the chia seeds and avocado, a kick of protein and carbohydrates from the banana, all to keep your energy and blood sugar levels stable and happy. It’s perfect for breakfast, post-work out, or an afternoon snack if you’re after a little chocolate therapy.
What’s great about it:
Raw cacao is bursting with antioxidants, minerals such as magnesium and iron and also contains compounds that act as stimulants believed to boost serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and endorphin levels in the brain.
Bananas are a terrific energy food and a great source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function, high in fiber and add a touch of sweetness to the smoothie.
Cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds and avocado are packed with healthy fats such as mono-unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation in the body, strengthens our cell walls and adds a delicious creaminess to the smoothie.
Maca is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and E, it also supports the immune system, adrenal and thyroid function and stabilizes hormone levels.
Protein is vital for muscle recovery, weight loss, building lean muscle, boosts our immune system, keeps our blood sugar levels stable helping us feel more satiated between meals.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (I use ceres organic)
- 1/4-1/2 avocado
- 1 scoop nuzest chocoalte protein powder
- 1 cup rice milk (or milk alternative)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (I use radiance)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3-4 ice cubes (can omit if your don't want it too thick)
1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend together until smooth.
Recipe by Natalie Brady, from Natalie Brady Nutrition ©
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