How do you get through a long week?
Here is one of my favourite smoothies when I need a pick-me-up that is both delicious and nutritious. Not limited to the Wednesday hump day, but seeing as it’s one of those long weeks that don’t seem to end for me I thought I’d share this delight of a healthy indulgence!
This raw cacao and banana smoothie answers all your seratonin and antioxidant needs. And it tastes like drinking a chocolate cloud. Give it a try – I promise you won’t be sorry!
Cacao – better than chocolate
Theobroma Cacao, or more commonly known as the cacao tree, is the source of where our chocolate happiness comes from. Chocolate as we know it is derived from the powder of the cacao seed, mixed in with sweeteners, dairy, fat and packaged for your modern convenience. But this process strips away many of the antioxidant and superfood benefits of the cacao seed, so why not head straight to the source?
Raw cacao powder is supercharged with minerals and antioxidants, including magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium and manganese, and essential vitamins.
Bananas – not just for monkeys
Did you know that some horticulturists believe that the banana was the earth’s first fruit? No wonder we were able to survive the early ages! The humble banana is a rich source of vitamin B6 which helps with the production of serotonin levels. Packed with antioxidants, bananas are also an ideal carbohydrate pick-me-up due to its low GI and zero fat level which gives us a sustained and nutritious boost of energy, reducing those mid-afternoon biscuit jar urges!
The Wednesday Hump Day Raw Banana Cacao Smoothie
- 1 x frozen banana (or use 1 banana with ice cubes)
- 2 cups almond mylk
- 2 heaped tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar, to sweeten
Blend and guzzle to your heart’s content. I highly recommend this blender for those smoothies on the run – easy to clean and blends straight into your drinking vessel.
Feel free to comment below if you tried this recipe or have a favourite variation to share x