Energy boosting Raspberry & cacao smoothie

When you get that afternoon slump instead of grabbing a bar of chocolate blend up an energy boosting smoothie, if you go out to work, make it in the morning and take it with you just make sure you keep it chilled at work. Simple to make and tastes like velvet, you will get a buzz from the cacao and baobab which will last a lot longer than a bar of chocolate.

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I use Hemp milk in this recipe, it is full of omega 3 and 6, all 10 essential amino acids, loads of vitamins including vegans much needed B12, folic acid, iron, zinc and more. You can of course use an alternative like rice or oat milk.

I also use a couple of bananas which are great to reduce high blood pressure, they are full of potassium which is essential for the heart, kidneys and other organs to work properly and have high levels of tryptophan which is converted into serotonin, which combats depression as it triggers happy feelings.

A punnet of fresh raspberries (you can also use frozen out of season) is added not only because they taste delicious in smoothies but because they contain strong antioxidants like quercetin, Vitamin C and gallic acid that fight against cancer and heart disease.

My most favourite discovered ingrediant is Cacao, this powerhouse of gorgeousness has been described as cocaine for straight edge people!! It gives you a lovely giddy buzz, it opens your blood vessels and boosts healthy blood circulation and is great for your skin, because it is ful of antioxidants which help neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals on the skin, boost the production of collagen, increase cellular healing and counteract the visible signs of ageing. We use a lovely brand called Aduna, the powder is so fine, it works well in smoothies and in making hot chocolate too.

Dr Mercola explains:

Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present. The precise blend of all these elements combined serve to kick in naturally occurring phytochemicals that have incredible benefits throughout the body, such as lowered LDL cholesterol, improved heart function, and reduced cancer risk.

Phenethylamine, or PEA, is one of them. Large doses of this compound are said to be released into the brain when we’re attracted to someone, but natural pain- and stress-relieving chemicals known as neurotransmitters stimulate the secretion of endorphins to help us stay alert and focused.

And lastly Baobab powder, which is nicknamed the tree of life, from Africa, it is full of vitamin C and fibre, its great for your immune system and boosting energy.

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You can make it look fancy if you are serving it to someone else by adding a raspberry and a mint leaf to the top of your smoothie! Enjoy!

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