So i made this smoothie last week and since then it has become my go to and one of my favs.
the ingredients are:
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1-2 oz. dark chocolate (i used Green & Black 85% cocoa)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 1/2 tsbp peanut butter (i also use almond butter)
- dash of vanilla extract.
Dark chocolate, peanut butter and bananas make this smoothie a favorite. It’s indulgent without being unhealthy. The creamy, satisfying chocolate banana smoothie is a great way to get your sweet fix and works well for a quick pre or post workout boost.
Dark chocolate is actually packed with nutrients that are beneficial to your health. The nutrients come directly from the cocoa. To get the best benefits of cacoa, stick to dark chocolate with at least 70% caca0. Good quality dark chocolate has a variety of powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help to get rid of free radicals, thereby preventing cell damage and slowing signs of aging. Flavonids, a type of antioxidant, also aid in lowering blood pressure.Theobromine, responsible for the bitter taste in cacao, acts as a weak caffeine. Dark chocolate is also rich in manganese, fiber, iron and magnesium.
The other main ingredient in the smoothie, bananas, is a better known source of healthy nutrients. They are widely hailed as a good supply of potassium, which keeps energy levels up and electrolytes replenished. The high level of vitamin B6 in bananas alone has numerous advantages in helping your body to function. This mighty vitamin aids in proper brain development and produces serotonin and dopamine, which are necessary for nerve communication and can affect mood. Bananas also add to your daily fiber requirement. Panut butter, besides rounding out the flavour, also gives a small boost of protein to the smoothie. However, if you have a peanut allergy, common substitutions could include almond butter or even sunflower seed butter.
even with all the health benefits listed, the main advantage of this smoothie is that it is a healthy dessert option.So go ahead and indulge with this naturally sweet chocolate banana smoothie.
Peace & Love