Energizing Almond Joy Smoothie
Author - Alyssa Rimmer
By now you've probably realized something about me… I love having dessert for breakfast!
Especially when it involves chocolate. Because when you can wake up and eat chocolate for breakfast, you know it's going to be a good day. So today…we're having almond joy smoothies.
That's right a smoothie that tastes like a candy bar but is actually loaded with good-for-you ingredients, that will fill you up and give you tons of energy. Because lucky enough for all of us chocolate lovers out there, chocolate is actually super healthy! It's pretty much the ultimate ingredient to add to your morning meal.
We wouldn't want to wake up and eat a chocolate bar for breakfast, but adding some cacao powder to things like oatmeal, overnight oats, chia pudding or smoothies is a great way to get a nice kick of antioxidants, minerals AND an energy boost. Plus…when you sweeten it naturally, it tastes like “real” chocolate!
Which brings us to our almond joy smoothie. (I know, you're thinking FINALLY lady, let's get to it!)
This smoothie has an incredibly rich chocolate flavor, is sweetened naturally with dates and banana, has all the goodness from raw cacao, is silky smooth AND has an added energy booster which I've snuck into the ice cubes!
Now of course, we're not just talking any kind of chocolate. We're talking about raw cacao powder here.
What is raw cacao powder? And is it different from the cocoa powder you can buy at the supermarket? YES!
Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing raw cocoa beans (similar to cold pressing oils) which helps keep the living enzymes unharmed but removes the fat. Cacao is basically the purest form of chocolate that we consume and contains tons of amazing nutrients and antioxidants. Cacao is actually one of the highest sources of magnesium, which is important for bone health, keeping blood pressure normal, good for muscle strength and so much more. It's also really energizing!
Cocoa powder on the other hand has been processed and heated at a higher temperate, but luckily it still retains a lot of it's antioxidants and is still quite good for us. It's also less expensive than raw cacao which is certainly a plus.
But the main thing to look out for when we're talking about chocolate isn't the cocoa powder (because that's good for us), but the sugar which is found in most chocolate products.
Rather than just using regular old ice cubes, I used Madhava's Coconut Quench drink mix to whip up some tasty, coconut-flavored ice cubes. The drink mix has a subtle coconut flavor and just a hint of sweetness, which really brings out the decadent desert flavors in this smoothie. But the coconut quench drink mix also has dried coconut water (!!) which is full of electrolytes and is super hydrating and refreshing.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “Drink mixes though? Aren't they full of crap?” Not these ones! These are 100 million times better for you that the other drink packets you see at the store. Why? For one they're made with absolutely ZERO chemicals, everything is all natural, non-GMO and they're gluten-free and vegan.
The ingredients inside the coconut quench? You're going to love it; it's…
organic coconut water flavor, organic agave powder, organic stevia, citric acid, organic coconut water powder
…and that's it!
So whether you're turning them into ice cubes, using them as a base for your favorite smoothie or just sipping them on the go, these little packets of goodness are only enhancing your already supercharged lifestyle.
Now my friends, it's time for me to sign off!
As you might have read in my previous post, me and the fam are headed to St. Lucia for Christmas (I'm actually in the air right now!) and I'm checking out for the rest of the year 🙂 no computer, no email, no Facebook!
But since I can't help myself, I will be on Instagram and Snapchat (add me: alyssarimmer) so you can check in with me there. I hope you have the most magical holiday season ever!
And before I go, I just have to say…don't be afraid to make all of your breakfasts as epic and chocolate-filled as this almond joy smoothie. Because after all….chocolate is good for us, right?? 😉
Energizing Almond Joy Smoothie
That's right a smoothie that tastes like a candy bar but is actually loaded with good-for-you ingredients, that will fill you up and give you tons of energy.
for the ice cubes:
- 1 packet Coconut Quench Drink Mix
- 2 cups water
Start by making the ice cubes: stir together coconut quench drink mix and water until drink mix as dissolved. Pour into an ice tray and freeze completely.
When ready to assemble the smoothie, add all ingredients in the order listed (minus toppings) to a blender.
Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses, garnish with coconut flakes and cacao nibs if desired. Enjoy!
This post was sponsored on behalf of Madhava Sweeteners. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that I love; it helps makes SQ possible!
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