This purely delicious power smoothie comes from Bella Clinton – the grand prize winner of our Healthy Chef Spring into Health Competition.
In Bella’s words:
” I have converted even the blokiest of blokes to enjoy this smoothie… after hours of surfing in the heat, my boyfriend, his mates and I are always thirsty, hungry and exhausted. So, bring on the CACAO KAPOW!! Throw all ingredients into a blender, reenergise and revitalise with this delicious and nutritious “heaven in a cup” smoothie. Hydrating and refreshing, it’s perfect after a long day at uni or work, The combination of cocoa, coconut water and berries gives you a nutritious, energy kick up the bum and is also ideal in the afternoon when you are craving something sweet and chocolatey! ”
WHY IT ROCKS FOR YOUR BODY:
- Coconut water or “nature’s powerade” is a natural isotonic drink. The flesh and liquid are loaded with health benefits and adding this baby to your smoothie you will feel a burst of energy, clarity of mind and re-vitalised! Coconut water is one of the best hydrators and fluid replacers in the world. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and completely sterile – the husk serves as a natural filter. So crack it open and let the holy water flow!
- Naked Chocolat – 1 heaped tablespoon or more!! Why? Boosting your smoothie with Naked Chocolat will help to promote recovery and support the immune system after your work out. Maca helps to promote energy and stamina and Tahitian vanilla and cinnamon helps boost mental performance.
- Berries – the more the berrier! Add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mulberries, cranberries…the list goes on. These bright, juicy jewels are not only delicious, but packed full of nutritional goodness. Add fresh, frozen, dried or powdered berries into your smoothie for an antioxidant, low-calorie boost! Adding Healthy Chef Organic Superfood will boost antioxidants and provide B vitamins for energy metabolism.
- Healthy Chef protein is high in BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids). Studies show that BCAA’s can reduce fatigue and improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown and facilitate healing. Athletes love Healthy Chef protein because it doesn’t bloat or cause gastrointestinal issues allowing them to perform at their optimal best.
DRINK UP… THE CACAO KAPOW
1 fresh young coconut (water and flesh) (see notes on alternatives)
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Naked Chocolat
1 banana – frozen is good
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Pure Protein
1 tablespoon Healthy Chef Organic Superfood
1/2 cup frozen berries – you can add more if you want based on taste
1 – 2 fresh pitted dates (depending on your taste)
Combine all the ingredients into a blender until smooth and creamy. Add a touch more water if needed for consistency.
Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Use home made macadamia nut milk in place of coconut in this recipe.