Dark chocolate is often touted as a healthy, energizing “Superfood” because it is rich in so many compounds that fight inflammation and chronic disease, such as flavonoids, magnesium and theobromine. We combine the health benefits of dark chocolate with heart healthy almond milk and potassium rich bananas for a high fiber, nutrient dense Chocolate Banana Smoothie.
What are flavonoids, magnesium and theobromine?
- Flavonoids- are plant-based antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and are associated with reduced risk of heart disease, ulcers, viruses, inflammation, osteoporosis, arthritis and diarrhea.
- Magnesium- is an essential alkaline mineral required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Health benefits of magnesium include: transmission of nerve impulses, energy production, aids in the absorption of calcium and the formation of strong bones and teeth, improves muscle functioning, and aids in the treatment of diabetes, osteoporosis, migraines, insomnia and depression.
- Theobromine- is the bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant, which acts as a mild heart stimulant to help regulate blood pressure and an effective cough suppressant.
For centuries, dark chocolate was consumed as a drink and revered as a food vital for health. Here is our modern day chocolate vitality drink. We combine the health benefits of chocolate with heart healthy almond milk and potassium rich bananas for a high fiber, nutrient dense delight.
Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1 cup raw almond milk
3 medjool dates (or 1 tablespoon agave nectar)
1-2 tablespoons raw cacao or dark cocoa powder, to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, to taste
¼ teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
¼ teaspoon cardamom, to taste
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness and flavorings as needed. Add ice if desired. Serve immediately.