Healthy Non-Dairy Chocolate Smoothie

 

Healthy Non Dairy Chocolate Smoothie

This non-dairy chocolate smoothie is the perfect treat. It is rich and smooth but still provides lots of nutrients. 

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
½ banana
½ large avocado
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup ice
½ cup coconut milk
water to cover all ingredients

Direction

Blend together in a blender or using a hand blender.

Healthy Non Dairy Chocolate Smoothie
Serves 1
A Non Dairy Chocolate Smoothie is a perfect treat for anytime.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ banana
  2. ½ large avocado
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 cup ice
  6. ½ cup coconut milk
  7. water to cover all ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend together in a blender or using a hand blender.
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Nutrition Notes:

Banana

Bananas and Mood

  • Bananas contain great levels of tryptophan. This does wonders for your mood as your body converts it to serotonin.

Bananas and Working Out

  •  Bananas help moderate your blood sugar levels during a workout. Bananas have magnesium which can help your muscles relax after a workout.

Bananas and Vitamin B6

  •  Bananas help you sleep well because of their levels of Vitamin B6. This vitamin also has shown to help protect against Type II Diabetes.

Other Vitamins and Minerals of note in Bananas

  • Vitamin A – helps with vision wellness
  • High Potassium and Low Sodium – helps your body to avoid hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Manganese – helps your body maintain healthy bones
  • Vitamin C

Sources accessed 1/4/15:
http://www.livescience.com/45005-banana-nutrition-facts.html
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2

Health Benefits of Manganese


http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7

Avocado

High in soluble fiber which helps make you feel full faster and longer. The soluble fiber is great for your digestive tract and slows down the breakdown of carbs in your system.

Avocados are a great source of folate which reduces risk of birth defects and heart disease.
The oleic acid in avocados can help lower your bad cholestorol.

Avocados are a good source of protein…for a fruit. 🙂

Avocados are an excellent source of these vitamins and minerals:

  • Potassium – This is a great electrolyte for healthy weight loss. It helps your body create muscle and process carbs.
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamins B6, B9, and B5

Sources accessed 1/2/04
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406.php
http://www.avocadocentral.com/nutrition/avocado-weight-management
http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/healthy-eating/5-reasons-to-eat-more-avocados

Honey
“In the laboratory, honey has been shown to hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, and to fight certain bacteria, includingStaphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” (WebMD link below)

“There is some research to suggest that honey may be useful in minimizing seasonal allergies.” (MedicalNewsToday linked below)

The glucose in honey is absorbed easily by the body and can give a quick boost of energy for a workout.

“Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.” (Care2 linked below)

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/medicinal-uses-of-honey
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php
http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/health-benefits-of-honey.html
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-honey.html
http://www.honey.com/honey-at-home/honey-nutrition-information/

Cocoa Powder

Contains strong natural flavonoids which can help control insulin resistance and reduce risk of diabetes.

Cocoa can reduce blood pressure and improve blood vessel health, both of which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20110323/cocoa-rich-in-health-benefits
http://www.medicinehunter.com/cocoa-health-miracle

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which is a beneficial medium-chain fatty acid.

“According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, lauric acid has many germ-fighting, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that are very effective at ridding the body of viruses, bacteria and countless illnesses. Lauric acid may also reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which lowers heart disease and stroke risks. “

Source:
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-coconut-milk-2031.html

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  1. Jennie Robertson February 19, 2015

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