For a real chocolatey explosion, I like to use a good amount of raw cacao in this easy, nutritious & delicious chocolate blackberry smoothie.
Blackberries have a wonderful sweet-tart flavour. They are low in carbs, but rich in vitamins as well as soluble and insoluble fibre. Better still, blackberries are absolutely bursting with chronic-disease & age-fighting antioxidants including lutein & zeaxanthin.
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate we can consume. It is free of all the refined sugar and other additives found in most processed chocolate.
Cacao is loaded with minerals such as magnesium & iron. It is also rich in health-promoting flavonoid antioxidants, which are believed to help reduce the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, & cancer.
Furthermore, consumption boosts natural feel-good chemicals in our bodies such as serotonin and phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA is the same neurotransmitter that is released when we fall in love!!
For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or nut-free milk (I like to use my Almond Cow to make homemade plant-based milk and also add part coconut milk for creaminess and healthy fats)
2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
2 Tbsp Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla (here) or chocolate protein powder
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
optional 2 to 3 standard ice cubes if using fresh berries
optional Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or raw honey (nonvegan), adjusted to taste
Notes: I like to make this smoothie with part almond milk and part canned organic coconut milk for extra creaminess and healthy fats. Another great option is to add frozen avocado chunks. Furthermore, this blend works well with the addition of adaptogens such as Organika gelatinized maca (1/2 to 1 tsp per serving) or FreshCap Mushrooms chaga powder (1/2 tsp per serving).