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Chocolate smoothie recipe

Chocolate smoothie recipe

  • 2

    Smoothies

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 5′

  • Easy

    Easy

  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

  • 2

    Smoothies

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

    PT5M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 5'

    PT5M
  • Easy

    Easy

  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

Vegan

We love smoothies

Smoothies sometimes seem like a food group all their own. And there’s good reason for that! After all, they are your basic liquid salad. Moreover, they are easy to make and easy to drink. The possible combinations of fruits, vegetables, juices, and powders are endless. Still, human nature is so greedy that you can still find yourself getting bored of smoothies. And then a recipe like this comes up. So, refresh your taste buds and be reminded that the potential of smoothies is far from being mined to its maximum.

Bananas are a standard base for smoothies. Certainly, fresh or frozen, they add body and fibre. In addition, their flavour is so subtle that it doesn’t compete with whatever else you might like to fill your smoothie with. And here, the other major player is the wonderful pumpkin. Mellow, warm, and cosseting. We all have seen the displays for holiday pumpkin spice lattes, so it makes complete sense that a spiced pumpkin smoothie would be delightful. However, maybe we are so used to the thought that pumpkin needs to have sugar added to work in concoctions that veer towards the sweet. But nope – the light richness of coconut milk, plus the familiar autumnal spices of star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom work a treat. In conclusion, raw cacao finishes off with a touch of indulgence.

Aronia berry

One glass of this smoothie contains a plenitude of wonderfully nutrient-packed ingredients. Here’s a little about a few of these.

Firstly, we’ve used Erbology Organic Aronia Juice, which is made from whole aronia berries and nothing else. The deep purple aronia, also known as chokecherry, is packed full of phenols. These are cleansing to your body. Among other things, phenols can be detoxifying and soothe inflammation inside you. Just what you want in a smoothie.(1)(2)(3)

Razzle-dazzle raspberries…

The beautiful, vibrant magenta colour of raspberries comes from the anthocyanins they (and aronia berries) contain. What are anthocynanins? To clarify, these pigments can be so powerful that they are sought out for pharmaceutical use. Moreover, they can help protect against disease and have anti-microbial properties, meaning that they can kill harmful microorganisms.(4)

… and the power of pumpkin

So, we finish where we started – with the pumpkin. Certainly. this humble squash is an incredible source for the essential minerals potassium and beta-carotene. Moreover, our bodies are packed with the electrolyte of potassium. You may be familiar with electrolytes from sports drinks such as Gatorade, which claim to replenish your body. In the same vein, potassium is an active ingredient in such drinks. After all, electrolytes dissolve inside your body into either positive or negative ions, creating a small electric current. To clarify, this is useful for prompting all manner of automatic processes within the ecosystem of the human body. Truth is stranger than fiction, isn’t it!

Potassium also helps lower high blood pressure. When you take in potassium, more sodium leaves your body in the urine stream. Moreover, potassium also helps relaxes blood vessel walls, further assisting with high blood pressure.(5)

References

(1) Naruszewicz, M, et al. “Combination Therapy of Statin with Flavonoids Rich Extract from Chokeberry Fruits Enhanced Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk Markers in Patients after Myocardial Infraction (MI).”, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2007, https://bit.ly/2RMFXGp.

(2) “Phenols.” Phenols – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, https://bit.ly/2tLoVAb.

(3) “Called Nature’s Healer.” Benefits, usaaronia.com/benefits.html.

(4) Khoo et al, “Anthocyanidins and anthocyanins: colored pigments as food, pharmaceutical ingredients, and the potential health benefits” Food & Nutrition Research, 2017, https://bit.ly/38CFQnh.

(5) “How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure.” How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure, https://bit.ly/2TWPlKh.

Breakfast

Ingredients
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  • ¾ bottle Erbology Organic Aronia Juice
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberry
  • 1 cup cooked pumpkin
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • Pinch of star anise powder
  • A bit of cardamom powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder

Here's how you make it

    1. Wash, peel and cut your pumpkin into small pieces.
    2. Bring water to a boil and add the pumpkin, reduce heat and simmer until pumpkin becomes soft.
    3. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until silky. Note: If you want to make it as a custard, add another banana + 1 cup pumpkin and reduce the coconut milk to ¼ cup.

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