The “Conquer the Day Cacao Smoothie”

At least once a week, the most handsome man I know, my dear husband, makes a very sweet request…and it’s usually on Sunday evenings in anticipation of everyone’s favorite time–Monday morning! He loves to occasionally request that our daily GREEN smoothie be replaced (or upgraded, if you will) to a Cacao Smoothie! Think: Chocolate milkshake goes super-green, but hold the dairy, sugar and calories!

Manic Monday Remedy!

Manic Monday Remedy!

This recipe is unique because it’s made from real foods–super foods, and it can be prepared in less than 5 minutes! I have a few variations but today’s was especially lovely! I warn you–this is not for everyday consumption. Cacao is amazing because it makes you feel like you can fly–without the toxic chemicals and sugar found in the commercial energy drinks that are so popular today. That being said–use it in moderation–Monday mornings are perfect! Without further delay, I give you your-new-favorite-breakfast-smoothie!

Superwoman!

Superwoman!

I use my high-powered but oh so affordable and versatile Kitchen Ninja Pro, but if you’re suave enough to own a VitaMix…great! Either works!

Author: Emilie Spruill
Makes about 40 oz or so (easily enough for 2 or 3 servings!)
Use all organic produce if possible

Start with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Add a handful of ice cubes
Toss in 5 strawberries, 5 blackberries and a half mango
(Alternatively, skip the fruits above and use 2 cups of blueberries)
1 banana
3 TBSP Raw Cacao Powder (an ancient Superfood!)
2 big handfuls of Baby Organic spinach (don’t be shy–you won’t even know they are there!)
1 ripe avocado (just trust me!)
2-3 drops of liquid Stevia (caution–extremely concentrated!)

Blend all ingredients thoroughly… I suggest about 1 minute for a smooth, creamy consistency!

I can’t wait to hear how much your kids and honey love this smoothie. It was instantly a favorite in our home! Bursting with life-enhancing anti-oxidants, your skin, your mind and your body will thank you just as much as your palate!

Click HERE for the brand of raw Cacao that we always have on hand!

Navitas Raw Cacao Powder

Navitas Raw Cacao Powder

3 thoughts on “The “Conquer the Day Cacao Smoothie”

  1. i really need to try this, maybe minus the banana…!! thanks, been wanting the ingredients on it! how much caffeine is in this you think? jill

    • Great Gena! Here is some info I learned about Cacao:

      1. It’s a super-antioxidant food, with antioxidant level that is:

      20 x higher than red wine
      30 x higher than green tea
      50 x higher than blueberries
      5 x higher than average goji

      2. It has the highest source of magnesium (#1 deficiency in America) which is important for maintaining heart health, for relaxation, for healthy elimination, for uptake of Calcium etc

      3. It has the highest source of chromium which helps to maintain blood sugar

      4. It is a great source of iron, zinc and many trace minerals missing in modern diet

      It is energizing and makes us “happy” because it contains:

      Anandamide: Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical) is an endorphin that the human body naturally produces after exercise. Anandamide has only been found in one plant — Cacao. Anandamide is known as “The Bliss Chemical” because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies’ ability to breakdown anandamide. This means that, when we eat cacao, natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good longer.

      Theobromine: Cacao usually contains about 1% theobromine. Theobromine is an effective anti-bacterial substance and kills streptococci mutans (the primary organism that causes cavities). Theobromine is a chemical relative of caffeine but is not a nervous system stimulant. Theobromine dilates the cardiovascular system making the heart’s job easier. This is one of the major reasons why cacao is an important part of a heart healthy diet.

      Source: http://www.integrative-living.com/page.php?htmlID=Raw%20Cacao%20Powder

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