If you have arrived at this post expecting a recipe for the alcoholic drink, you won’t find it. However, stick around and read further and I assure you that this nutrition-packed variation will not disappoint you! 😉
Most weekday mornings, after my lemon and water (which is an awesome way to detoxify and rev up your digestive system first thing in the morning), I make a breakfast smoothie. It’s quick and a great way to get a lot of nutrients in your body in an easily digestible form and most importantly, they taste absolutely delicious. For those of you that skip breakfast, there is no way you could resist this smoothie. It’s chocolatey and nutty and it takes no time at all to make! Who can say no to chocolate for breakfast?
I had some vegan chocolate protein powder and bananas kicking around which are the key flavours of a traditional “Chocolate Monkey”. I decided to throw that monkey in a jungle of spinach to help cut the sweetness and also for the added nutrition benefits which I will describe below. For those of you new to smoothies, spinach was not a typo. That’s right darlings, spinach is not just for salads anymore.
- Protein: a good quality plant-based protein is recommended to help balance your blood sugar and provide long-lasting energy as well as build and maintain muscle
- Chia or Flax: great sources of omega-3 fatty acids to help protect the heart, fibre and minerals, chia contains additional antioxidants
- Spinach: rich in carotenoids which help prevent cancer and a whopping dose of vitamin K as well as vitamins A and C, folate and magnesium
- Cacao nibs: made from pure cacao beans, they are loaded with antioxidants and a source of magnesium and iron
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder
- 2 tbsp. organic almond butter (or organic peanut butter)
- 2 tbsp. chia or organic ground flax seeds
- 1 handful of organic baby spinach
- 1 tbsp. cacao nibs
- Whizz all of the above ingredients, except the cacao nibs, in a blender or use a hand held immersion blender. Add more almond milk or water if you like your smoothie a little thinner.
- Pour into a lovely glass and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
The beauty of this recipe is that if you are making this for kids (or adults) who don’t like eating their greens, this is a great way to hide them. Yes, the flecks of green are visible (this is because I used an immersion blender), but you can’t taste a thing. If you have little detectives that gag upon the sight of anything green, then use a blender to liquefy the ingredients. What they don’t know won’t hurt them. If anything, it’ll make them healthier! 😉