The boys have swimming lessons after school on Fridays. It's always a rush and it being the end of the week they are tired. I want to give them a snack that gives them lots of energy for swimming without giving them lots of processed sugar. This smoothie is perfect because it's chocolate but the really really healthy kind. They love it and have no idea how good it is for them...
- Natural yogurt (As much or a little as you like)
- One banana
- Cup of blueberries or strawberries
- 1 tablespoon of Raw Cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
- 1 table spoon of peanut butter - Isaac doesn't like peanut butter so I miss this out for him and this creates a different tasting but still yummy smoothie
- 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup or raw honey if desired
Then mix it up in a blender. Simple as that.
Raw Caoco powder and Chia seeds might not be something you have hanging around in your kitchen cupboards. They certainly didn't used to be in mine. In fact I had never heard of them until recently. But since I have come across them I'm converted. I bought them from Amazon and a packet of each has lasted me for absolutely ages.
Why Raw Cacao powder?The blog post that explained it for me was over at Deliciously Ella. Basically unlike regular milk chocolate that is full of processed sugar, Raw Cacao is full of antioxidants and minerals with numerous health benefits. So you get the chocolate without the guilt.
Why Chia seeds?Again head over to here for 10 reasons to add Chia seeds to your diet but they are a great source of Protein (healthy omega-3 fats) and fibre. For someone like me with a fatty food intolerance these are great.
The beauty of smoothies though is you can adapt them depending on what you have in the cupboards. Sometimes I use Raw Honey instead of Maple Syrup. Sometimes I use neither. Sometimes I use strawberries instead of blueberries. Or just banana because I've run out of everything else. I kind of just make it up on the day.
One things for certain though...
It's a quick Friday night treat that the boys really like...