Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
Written by: Brandi Monasco
I think the mixture of chocolate and peanut butter is the greatest thing that has ever been concocted. It’s even better when you add a banana to it! Which is why this smoothie recipe is one of my all time favorites. It tastes amazing and gives you a great energy boost!
Why This Smoothie Is So Healthy For You:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 banana, frozen
- 2 soft dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup almond milk (you can also use coconut milk or any milk to your preference)
- A handful of ice
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
- Popeye had the right idea when he ate so much spinach. Spinach is considered to be one of the world’s “healthiest foods.” It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that help keep your skin clear and looking its best. Spinach is also loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, magnesium, calcium and magnesium.
- The potassium found in bananas make them great for heart health. The potassium acts as a vasodilator, which aids in lowering blood pressure. It also helps prevent loss of muscle mass and aids in supporting the preservation of bone density. Bananas are also high in fiber, which improves the function of your colon. And because bananas contain large amounts of potassium and magnesium, they are great to eat right before bed to help promote good, healthy sleep.
- Dates are rich in vitamins, fiber and minerals such as oil, sulfur, iron and magnesium. The large amounts of minerals that are found in dates help with strengthening bones and fighting off diseases such as osteoporosis. They also provide health benefits such as relief from anemia and constipation.
- Raw cacao contains important vitamins and minerals that your body needs such as magnesium, sulfur, zinc and iron as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E. Raw cacao (or dark chocolate) contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that are found in the plant. These flavonoids can lower “bad” cholesterol as well as high blood pressure. Raw cacao is also full of antioxidants that help the cells in your body resist damage by free radicals.
- Peanut butter is full of healthy fat called monounsaturated fat. This type of fat is actually good for your heart. It helps to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Peanut butter is also loaded with nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin E and B6, magnesium and potassium. The combination of fiber and protein that is also found in peanut butter can help you lose weight, because it fills you up and keeps you feeling full for longer, therefore, making you eat less overall.
- Flaxseeds are also full of healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids as well as antioxidants and fiber. The omega-3 fatty acids prevent the growth of cancer cells and prevent the cells from clinging onto other cells in your body. Along with this, flaxseeds also prevent tumors from forming new blood vessels due to the antiangiogenic properties. Flaxseeds are also great in maintaining healthy skin and hair because of the omega-3s that they provide. What a great reason alone to eat flaxseeds!
- Chia seeds contain a massive amount of nutrients such as fiber, omega-3 fat, calcium, protein and magnesium as well as antioxidants. The antioxidants found in chia seeds help fight the production of free radicals that can damage cells. These seeds also contain a high amount of protein, making them a weight loss-friendly seed.
- Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants that help protect your body against free radicals. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help your body fight infections and to repair tissue damage. Studies have found that eating cinnamon can also help improve glucose levels for patients with type 2 diabetes.
This smoothie does amazing things for your entire body! Why not give it a try and let us know what you think!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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