Let me warn you straight from the get go that this smoothie is like a drug. You’re going to get so addicted to it that you’re either going to love me or hate me if you get that hooked.
Here are the reasons why this is smoothie makes me so happy…
- It tastes as fab as all the shakes that are bad for you but it’s good for you
- It’s the perfect pre/post workout shake as it’s loaded with protein and energy-filled ingredients
- It’s a great dessert craving buster and an energy booster
- It’s packed with nutrients & super foods (see below)
- It has peanut butter. Who doesn’t like peanut butter, well, unless you’re allergic to peanuts (in which case substitute with almond or any other nut butter)
Just a couple of important notes & benefits of some of the ingredients that you will only be able to find at select specialty health/organic stores or online…
Mesquite Powder – A traditional Native American superfood, Mesquite powder has a natural nutty, smoky, sweet, molasses-like flavour with a hint of caramel and notes of cinnamon. This nutritional powerhouse helps to satisfy hunger, provides energy & endurance, and stabilizes blood sugar, making it ideal for diabetics or those who want to control weight. It’s a great source of fiber, essential vitamins & minerals like potassium, iron, zinc as well as calcium and magnesium to help support your bone health. My choice of Mesquite powder is by SunFood Superfoods. It’s 100% organic, raw, non GMO, vegan, no sugar added & gluten free.
Cacao Nibs – This raw chocolate goodness will give smoothies & desserts a delicious superfood boost. Straight from inside the cocao beans, cacao nibs are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are good for your heart, brain, energy and even depression. My choice of Cacao nibs is by SunFood Superfoods. It’s 100% organic, raw, non GMO, vegan, no sugar added & gluten free.
Whey Protein Powder – Appropriate dosage of Whey protein consumption along with resistance exercises can help promote the growth of lean muscle mass. It’s important, however, to go for a high quality one. My pick is Solgar’s Whey To Go Protein Powder as it’s 98% lactose free, low in fat and contains no artificial sweeteners/flavors nor gluten. It’s also produced using a non-chemical extraction process which is very important for me.
Benefits in a Nutshell: apart from all the health benefits from the superfoods and Whey protein mentioned above, peanut butter is a great source of essential fats, proteins & potassium making it the perfect energy booster while aiding muscle repair. Banana also provides energy and helps prevent muscle cramps during workouts. Further more, almond milk nourishes the skin!