Pumpkin & Raw Cacao Smoothie

DSC_3168“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food”, Hippocrates.

Pumpkin & Raw Cacao Smoothie

This smoothie is great to help you power through your workout routine. It contains pumpkin, banana, coconut water, raw cacao powder, mesquite powder and coconut oil. It will have you jumping out of your skin.

Pumpkin is a great source of beta carotene, potassium and copper. Adding a banana to a pre workout smoothie will help energize your body, it is packed with potassium and fiber. Coconut water adds a nice sweet flavour and is a low fructose drink, full of electrolytes to keep you hydrated. The cacao powder will give the smoothie a chocolate flavour and is a powerhouse of antioxidants.  Mesquite powder is used a sugar substitute, it is low GI and contains amino acids (lysine), calcium, potassium, iron and zinc. Mesquite powder works well with cacao powder and banana. Coconut oil has many health benefits which include:

  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases metabolism (aids in weight loss)
  • Improves digestion
  • Beneficial for the heart
  • Boosts key mineral absorption (calcium and magnesium)
  • Antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • Provides long-lasting energy
  • Great for skin and hair

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Pumpkin Puree (visit how to make Pumpkin Puree)

½ Banana

1 cup Coconut Water

1-2 teaspoon Raw Cacao Powder

1 teaspoon Mesquite Powder (you can purchase mesquite powder in your local health food store)

1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Method

  • Pop in blender, blitz until smooth consistency. Pour in a glass and add some ice.
  • Devour and workout!

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch

Eat Real, Great Feel!

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