Banana Cocoa Soy Smoothie

Although many do not think of nutrition right away when they think about chocolate, the truth of the matter is that chocolate contains a very complex and intricate nutrition profile. Chocolate is a food as rich in history as it is in taste. Packed with polyphenols cocoa has been used by indigenous peoples to improve health for thousands of years. Needless to say cocoa is extremely healthy and should be included in your diet regularly to help with blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol. (Source: Hershey center for health and nutrition)

I love cookies and ice cream too much to just kick to the curb and eliminate from my diet because of the processed sugar and flour that is added to desserts. Instead of eating sweets all the time I’ve reduced my consumption to 2 times a week as a way of treating myself for whatever I feel like. I’ve done a lot of research and came across this recipe and not only did it catch my eye because it sounded fantastic but it’s packed with protein and is very healthy for you. I would’ve never thought to add tofu to a smoothie but the addition gives this robust drink a great thick texture, the same consistency of a milkshake. This drink will give you energy and is a great substitute for coffee in the morning. If your going to enjoy a smoothie or milkshake make it one that’s nourishing for you and your body,this will waken your soul. Who said dessert can’t be healthy and taste spectacular at the same damn time!?!

Active Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Recipe credit: Eatingwell.com

Ingredients:

1 Banana

-1/2 Cup silken Tofu

-2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, unsweetened

-1 Tablespoon Honey

-1/4 Cup Soy milk

Preparation:

-Blend tofu, soy milk, honey, and cocoa in a blender until smooth.

-Add banana and continue blend again until smooth.

Enjoy!

**Note: I recommend using a frozen banana for this recipe. Pull from the freezer and place in microwave for 20 seconds until semi soft. This smoothie goes down easier when its cold. Also, if you are new to eating cocoa raw, you might want to reduce the addition by 1 tablespoon. The taste might be a little rough if your not used to it. 🙂

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Driven2Eat

Food & Wine connoisseur, I love to make beautiful things even if nobody cares. Nikon D3100 photo journalist and writer. I've started this blog to share my enthusiasm of the culinary world among other personal interests with folks who maintain involvement in the food world and to enliven others who want to develop a love for cooking, crafting and wellness. Be active, be healthy, be happy. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers :)

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