Yesterday, my sweetheart gave me a basketful of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. There were a selection of bittersweet chocolates, unsweetened chocolates, cherry chocolates, almond butter chocolates---and even a few different types of chocolate cocoa powders tied with pink curly ribbon. He thought I would enjoy thinking up some fun ways to celebrate all these chocolates. He was right!
Minty Green Tea and Chocolate Smoothie
Serves 1 (about 260 calories)
8 ounces brewed green tea
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa or cacao (raw chocolate) powder
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
½ ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1/8 teaspoon Stevia or 1 tablespoon of good honey or maple syrup
3-4 ice cubes
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
* Green tea – Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and chlorophyll. Health beauties also find a good quality green tea help boosts your immunity and lifts your energy.
* Good cocoa or cacao (raw chocolate) – Detox divas love to embrace the raw cacao bean for its naturally rich supply of antioxidants. Cacao is estimated to have nearly 20 times the antioxidant levels of red wine and up to 30 times that of green tea. Cocoa is made from raw cacao beans. And although the chocolate in a high quality cocoa bar (>70% cocoa) or cocoa powder is heated (and therefore some of the nutrients in the raw chocolate is lost) they are often easier to find and more affordable.
Combine the ingredients above into a good powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Thin with water or thicken with ice if desired. Enjoy!
Noelle Twiggs is the creator of GreenLemonade. Born from both the lessons of successes (detox 101: yes!) and failures (gym-rat diet: no!), the lifestyle website provides practical—and palatable—tips, tricks, and recipes to help everyone feel more happy, energetic, and well nourished.