It’s no secret that I really love chocolate. The less processed variety of cocoa, referred to as ‘raw cocao’, is actually an extremely healthy superfood and ridiculously high in antioxidants! Like anything else, you want to try to maintain a balanced intake and do your best not to overindulge. Raw cocao contains theobromine, which has stimulating effects, and therefore some people may find they cannot consume it too close to bedtime (or at all depending on their current state). If you find you have trouble with the simulating aspect of cocao, feel free to use carob powder in this smoothie instead! You may need to add an extra date or 2 depending on how sweet you like it!

Raw Cocao is a perfect superfood to add to a pre or post workout smoothie. The recipe below is definitely a favorite and I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Check out the video at the bottom for a live demo of how I like to make this recipe and some fun facts about the ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Mint)
  • 2 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cocao
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp Vanilla Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Sprouted Brown Rice Powder (Garden Of Life or Sunwarrior are great!)

Method:

1. Blend all ingredients until well combined. Enjoy!

Krystal Vrba

Co-Founder & Whole Food Nutrition Coach at Refresh Natural Health
Krystal Vrba is a Whole-Food Nutrition Coach co-founder of Refresh Natural Health. She is the creator of the 3-Day Glowing Skin Diet and the 14-Day Liver Reset Program. After spending years battling her own health challenges, including multiple autoimmune diseases and chronic fatigue, Krystal works with clients and develops programs to make healthy living easy and fun. Please visit www.liverreset.com for more information on Krystal and her healing journey.