This highly satisfying Chocolate Banana smoothie takes less than 5 minutes to make and is great for those on the go. Made with cacao, this will provide you mega nutrients, without the overloading, decreased HDL and increased LDL cholesterol levels, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides and high blood pressure. These are all risks of too much sugar intake.
Adding cinnamon to your smoothie helps reduce inflammation and stabilize blood as well as add a natural sweetness to your recipe. Ceylon cinnamon or ‘True Cinnamon” has more health benefits than the Cassia brand.
By adding South American superfood chia seeds to your smoothie, you are getting a powerhouse of omega 3’s and nutrients. Grown in Mexico and South America, ancient civilizations believed that the chia seed provided supernatural powers. In Mayan, “chia” means “strength.” Chia seeds have little to no flavor and can be added to a wide range of foods for texture.
Flax is another rich source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (or ALA). Flaxseeds are most beneficial when ground into flaxseed meal as it helps absorb the fiber it contains keeping you full until your next meal.
This highly nutritious shake is super delicious, satisfying and guilt free! Give it a try and let us know what you think.
1 frozen banana (peel before freezing)
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (a super food)
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds (high in omega 3s)
1/2 cup water or nut milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, alcohol-free (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until thick and smooth. Adjust to taste. Serve immediately.