Chocolate Almond Dessert Smoothie

Chocolate Almond Dessert Smoothie

Mmmmm…. dessert. Who doesn’t love a sweet something in the evening? But who can eat just one cookie? Or one serving of ice cream?


But first, let’s talk about sugar…

Sugar is something we all need to watch. The maximum recommended intake for children is four teaspoons (for women is six and for men is about 9). According to an article in Forbes, the average American child is consuming 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. Per day. Let that sink in for a minute.

When we consume sugar, the cells in our bodies work to take in what they can store for energy. The problem is that we are eating far more sugar than can be stored for energy. When our cells see this influx of sugar, they essentially close up and hide, not allowing the sugar to be converted into energy. This extra sugar floating in our bloodstream is taxing on our organs and settles into our bodies to store as fat.

How can we cut down our sugar intake?

Sugar is one of those sneaky things that can be found in everything, even the things that you think don’t have sugar probably have sugar. Ketchup, applesauce, BBQ sauce, juice, and even milks have sugar. It’s hard to avoid, but we can certainly make a good effort! Start reading labels, keep a food journal to figure out how much you are actually consuming, and see what you can swap out for a healthier option.

Now, let’s talk about a dessert that can actually be good for you.

Yes, it can exist and be delicious!

Raw cacao powder is full of magnesium, a mineral that helps to calm anxiety and relaxes us, which is important to do at anytime, but certainly in the evenings as we are unwinding before bed.

Almonds are a good source of calcium, which helps bone health, and manganese, which helps to control blood sugar. Calcium needs magnesium to help it absorb into the body, so raw cacao and almonds are basically best friends. They naturally work together!

Here’s the other good news, when you whip this up, everyone in your family will love it. It’s thick and creamy and tastes like a shake. So your kids will dig it (and so will the adults!)

 

Chocolate Almond Dessert Smoothie
Serves 2

1 banana (frozen works well!)
1-2 TBSP raw cacao powder
1 TBSP almond butter
1 TBSP hemp seeds (optional protein boost)
2 c non-dairy milk (or split with half water for something less creamy)
splash of vanilla
1-2 tsp of maple syrup for sweetness (optional)


TIP: To make this thicker in texture, add 3-4 ice cubes before blending!

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