raw chocolate velvet smoothie

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Who needs to buy a chocolate milkshake, thickshake or ice-cream drink concoction when this healthy smoothie tastes SO MUCH better and it’s good for you (you’ll be satisfying your chocolate craving while sneaking in some veggie goodness thanks to the baby spinach. Plus, blending the chia seeds makes them more easily absorbed in the body).

High in essential fatty acids (good fats), vitamin B6, potassium (a mineral that plays a role in lowering blood pressure) and antioxidants, this seriously decadent, smooth and addictive smoothie is great for breakfast or as a delicious snack. Have it as a post-workout drink and it’ll keep you taut and toned!

Serves 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
1 avocado
2 tbsp honey, maple syrup or 3 soaked medjool dates
2 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice-cubes
1 cup baby spinach
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp pea protein powder (optional)
Chopped nuts and shredded coconut to serve!

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The good fat from the avocado helps your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, K and E in the baby spinach. Shhh... don't tell anyone you snuck it in there!

The good fat from the avocado helps your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, K and E in the baby spinach (the spinach is a great way to add an extra serve of veggies in your diet). Shhh… don’t tell anyone you snuck it in there!

Method:

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and thick. Top with chopped nuts and shredded coconut.
2. Serve immediately!

Tip: Make this into a chocolate chia pudding by adding an extra tbsp of chia seeds. Keep refrigerated overnight and the smoothie will turn into a yummy gelatinous mixture!

Why chia seeds?

They’re a complete protein source, containing all 8 essential amino acids, are packed with iron, calcium (yep, you don’t have to have cow’s milk!), omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. And because chia seeds absorb many times their weight in water, they help with hydration and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

This is what they should look like when you add them in:

Dessert for brekky? Yes please!

Chocolate dessert for brekky? Yes please!

Enjoy my lovelies!

christine-x

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