This is quite a morning wake up call packed with super goodness and looks like glorious green mud (in the best possible way). Smoothies are just a perfect way of getting a health buzz in the morning, this kickin’ kale smoothie contains many of our favourite things; berries, flax, kale and of course chocolate.
CACAO – THE BIG DEAL!
We add cacao to many daily staples like cereal, bread, porridge, stews (great in a Mexican style bean stew). It is just delicious and brings so many nutritional benefits to the party. It’s full of anti-oxidants, protein, fibre, minerals, good fats, vitamin B’s. Its wonderfully powerful stuff!!
Raw cacao helps the heart and also contains a chemical that makes you happy, known as the ‘bliss molecule’ and is a mild aphrodisiac thanks to a compound that releases endorphins in our bodies. It also releases serotonin in the brain (making us doubly happy, bordering on choco infused euphoria). Cacao keeps us younger, a youthful bean, and helps us burn fat, raising enegry levels and lowering blood pressure. This list of shining health benefits goes on and on…..
So what exactly is is? Cacao is basically pure chocolate, just the cocoa bean, as opposed to most chocolate that has added sugar, milk and other things. Raw cacao is unprocessed and naturally fermented, meaning it’s just plain amazing. Most chocolate (cocoa beans) is roasted and loses so much of its health giving properties.
Cacao nibs, which we sprinkle onto this smoothie, are just cocoa beans chopped up. They are a little bitter but we love snacking on them as a treat, like a superfood version of chocolate chips.
After fasting whilst snoozing through the night, our bodies are crying out for nourishment, high-grade fuel, a shining re-boot. Also, if you’ve had one to many sherry’s the night before, this is a world class reviver and bleary eye eradicator. Give your bod, mind and tastebuds a treat with some kickin’ kale this am. GO GREEN!
If you like a sweeter smoothie, stick another banana in our drizzle in maple syrup/ brown rice syrup.
The Bits – For 4 glasses
750ml plant milk
5 tbs raw cacaco powder
5 tbs flax/ linseeds
5 handfuls kale or spinach
3 handfuls blueberries/ blackberries
Cacao Nibs (optional)
Pack all into a blender, best add the cacao powder first, then blend until smooth.
Your favourite glass (or mug) and a sunny sky.
Kale is full (FULL) of protein which is why some people, quite bizzarelly, are calling it the ‘new beef’!? It is also high in iron, fibre and is a great detox food. Get on the greens!!