Ever had one of those mornings where you’re staring at your blender, wondering what concoction you can whip up that’s both drool-worthy and supercharged with nutrients? Let me introduce you to a game-changer, my Cacao Almond Protein Smoothie. You’ll totally be swooning over this one, thinking, “Where have you been all my life?”
One of the star ingredients in this smoothie is raw cacao powder. Now, you might be wondering: Isn’t cacao just cocoa? While they originate from the same cacao bean, their processing and benefits differ considerably.
Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing the cacao bean, which preserves all its enzymes, fibre, and antioxidants. On the other hand, cocoa powder is made by roasting the cacao at high temperatures, which, unfortunately, loses some of its nutritional value.
Cacao is a powerhouse. It is loaded with magnesium (hello, healthy heart!), antioxidants, and even a mood enhancer – thanks to its ability to increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote well-being. So, this ingredient isn’t just making your smoothie taste like a chocolate dream; it’s feeding your body some top-notch nutrition.
Not a fan of protein powders? Find them a little too chalky? Me too. That’s why I love using protein-packed ingredients in my smoothies. Here’s the rundown on how we get 27.4 grams of protein in this Cacao Almond Protein Smoothie:
Not only is protein vital, but so are healthy fats and fibre for maintaining stable blood sugar. The combination of almond butter, coconut milk, and hemp hearts provides beneficial fats, while chia seeds, bananas, and dates offer a good dose of fibre. This blend ensures the smoothie can help keep your blood sugar levels even.
And what does stable blood sugar mean for you? Consistent energy, balanced moods, and clearer skin. But how does this relate to your skin? Simply put, when blood sugar goes on a wild ride, it can lead to overproduction of sebum. This excess sebum can clog pores and result in more breakouts.
And a little bonus? Cinnamon.
Adding cinnamon is a treat for those who love a touch of warmth in their smoothies. Cinnamon doesn’t just boost the taste; it packs its own health benefits. It’s a great addition, from its anti-inflammatory effects to aiding digestion and promoting stable blood sugar.