I crafted up this vitamin C packed smoothie as part of a special Sugar-Free-Challenge some lovely health-blogger friends of mine were running (Julia and Libby from JuliaandLibby.com). Did you know raw cacao is super high in iron? It's iron of the non-heme kind though (as is all plant-derived iron), which means it's not as easily absorbed by the body. Solution? Vitamin C!
The vitamin C from the orange, gubinge and camu camu superfoods in this smoothie helps your body absorb as much of that iron-pumping cacao goodness as possible (perfect for us plant-loving vegetarians & vegans). These jars of chocolatey goodness are also jam packed with calcium, magnesium, antioxidants & mood enhancing benefits too! If you're a fan of jaffas, i think you might just like them.
Serves 1 (or two as a micro snack/dessert)
*Always use certified organic ingredients whenever possible*
1 orange (plus some grated rind if you like)
1-2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (I used 2 Tbsp as i like a rich chocolatey taste)
1 Tbsp chocolate Clean Lean Protein/Sun Warrior brown rice protein
1/2 frozen banana
1/4c cashews (soaked for 4 hrs and rinsed)
1 tsp coconut nectar/yacon syrup/agave syrup OR 1 medjool date
Blend, top with cacao nibs and bee pollen, and serve! Or pop in the freezer for an hour and eat with a spoon like icecream (soo good).
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