Don’t let this Chocolate Smoothie fool you…it’s jam-packed with powerful vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
A beverage I love chugging down in the mornings is this Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie. It tastes just like a chocolate shake! No lie. And who would ever know that this “chocolate shake” is packed with powerful vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants? The blueberries, chia seeds, and dates in this smoothie are a great source of fiber and antioxidants while the spinach offers potassium, calcium, protein, iron and much-much more.
I was listening to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s podcast the other day and he said something that has stuck with me…because we don’t chew our food well enough, we only absorb about 20% of our nutrients. He mentioned that if we blend healthy smoothies, which are blended into chewing form, we then absorb about 90%. Now THAT is fascinating news and food for thought! Since I heard that, I have been taking the time to chew my food instead of inhaling it.
A high-powered blender is a fantastic way of blending fruits and raw leafy greens together to increase nutrient absorption because the cell walls of the food blended are skillfully crushed to make it easier for our bodies to absorb the beneficial phytochemicals.
“Chew” on this blueberry chocolate smoothie for high-powered energy and phytochemical absorption!
- 1 cup unsweetened soy, almond, or hemp milk
- 2.5 ounces baby spinach (1 huge handful)
- 1 banana
- 2 to 4 dates, pitted
- 1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, to taste
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 to 2 cups frozen blueberries (depending on how thick you like your drink).
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Recipe adapted from Eat to Live, Joel Furhman, M.D., p251