Chocolate mint smoothies are a real treat for chocolate lovers!
While most of the time, green juice is my drink of choice, I am always on the search for fabulous raw food recipes. I enjoy this chocolate mint smoothie. It is very healthy and you will notice that I use mint along with vanilla instead of things like stevia, agave or honey.
Being high alkaline and a good bit raw does not mean that you are in any way deprived. On the contrary, raw food recipes are filled with fresh delicious gifts from the garden that bring you more energy and help support your immune system………and yes help you lose weight too!
Known to have originated in Asia and the Mediterranean region, mint has been known for its many benefits throughout history. Greeks used to clean their banqueting tables with the herb and added it to their baths to stimulate their bodies, whilst Romans used it in sauces, as an aid to digestion and as a mouth freshener. Medieval monks drew on the herb for its culinary and medicinal properties. In many cultures, mint symbolized hospitality and was offered as a sign of welcome and friendship to guests.
Cacao is a type of tropical tree, part of the evergreen family that produces the world’s chocolate in raw form, before fat, sugar, and other “sweeteners” are added. Cacao is not added to dark chocolate; it actually is chocolate!
Cacao is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that make it almost a super food or natural Multi-Vitamin! The beneficial ingredients found in the Cacao nibs (raw chocolate) are antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins.
- 1 head romaine
- 1 cup alkaline water
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- Touch of vanilla
- Blend all ingredients until creamy and smooth.
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Elaine & Nevin
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