With warmer weather upon us one tends to seek out “lighter and cleaner” meal options. For extra energy to start a busy day, try this delicious, nutritious smoothie …
1 cup soya milk
(Recommendation: Woolies Organic Soya Milk is sweetened with apple concentrate, so is extra good and naturally sweet, but any good quality soya milk will do!)
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon of real maple syrup or agave nectar
(Tip: Both are low-GI natural sweeteners, so it’s healthy enough to add more and adjust to taste)
2 heaped teaspoons organic raw cacao powder
(Source: Readily found at good health stores)
Optional: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of finely ground flax seeds, almonds, or pumpkin seeds for added nutrition and fibre!
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy an energy-filled morning!
Additional: For an extra boost, add a teaspoon of fresh flax seed oil after blending, and gently stir it in with a spoon. Flax seed oil is a great source of omega 3, and is very helpful to the digestive system.
Note: Raw cacao is considered a “superfood,” as it is offers us an amazing source of magnesium, is packed with antioxidants, has anti-depressant, “feel good” properties and it is known to diminish appetite, so it helps you lose weight as well!
By Debbie Banda
*Sourced from the Complete Yoga Magazine