Wednesday, January 14 2015
This smoothie is packed with nutrient-rich superfoods. The cacao nibs and powder give you a caffeine boost first thing in the morning, plus they're loaded with antioxidants, iron, magnesium and they're a natural mood booster! The coconut butter adds a little texture and gives you something to bite down on. If you want a smoother smoothie, sub it out with coconut oil to still get the heart-healthy, metabolism-boosting benefits.
Pro Tip: Throw your browning bananas in the freezer, peel and all. The peel will keep them from getting frosty and the frozen bananas will make your smoothies frosty and thick. When you're ready to make your smoothie cut off the tips of the banana, cut it in half and slit the peel. Then use your knife to peel away the skin.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops of protein powder
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 Tbsp. cacao nibs
1 Tbsp. cacao powder
1 Tbsp. maca powder
2 or 3 Tbsp. coconut butter
1 or 2 generous handfuls of spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
Add almond milk to the blender first. This makes it easier on your blender and gets things moving faster.
Next add powders, seeds, and cacao nibs, followed by spinach and coconut butter.
Top it off with blueberries and frozen bananas. The frozen fruits are heavier and will help pack down the ingredients as you blend.
Start blending at a low speed. Once the ingredients start to break down and a vortex is created in the center, turn the speed up until everything is well blended.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!