This all-natural and indulgent smoothie is great for refuelling after a tough workout, or delivering readily available carbs beforehand. Reminiscent of chocolate milk, you’ll get all the flavour without the refined sugar and additives.
It’s also beneficial for anyone who needs magnesium, which can actually cause chocolate cravings. Sporting activities increase our need for magnesium, as do other lifestyle factors like stress.
Because of our modern lifestyle, and the fact that our soils tend to be fairly mineral depleted, magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the western world. If we run short of magnesium, we may suffer from muscle cramps, headaches, insomnia, constipation and back problems. This smoothie is packed full of magnesium from the cacao powder, the banana, the nuts and prunes, so it’s great for replenishing magnesium levels and preventing muscle cramps after exercise.
It’s also packed full of antioxidants. Did you know that cacao, or raw chocolate, is one of the richest sources of antioxidants? And prunes are also blessed with a very high antioxidant value too. This helps to quench the free radical damage that results from exercise, keeping cells healthy.
|200ml almond milk
|Small palmful cashews (about 10)
|1.5 tsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder is fine too)
|1 ripe banana
Put all the ingredients into a high-powered blender like a Nutribullet and blend until completely smooth.