As you may have seen, I have been posting smoothie recipes lately. I recently borrowed Dale Pinnock's cook book, 'The Medicinal Chef' from my local library and he has some excellent smoothie recipes. This one has a very special ingredient... CACAO! 

Cacao is the botanical name for the nut from which chocolate is made. It is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. In it's raw, unprocessed form it has over 1500 beneficial compounds. Once processed into ordinary cocoa powder, only FIVE remain, the main one being caffeine! 

Cacao is very high in mineral magnesium which encourages relaxation. It has two powerful compounds that can effect mind and mood and it is a stimulant but has less of a "burn out" effect than caffeine. 

250ml milk 
1 banana
2 tablespoons cacao (or cocoa powder if you can't find cacao!)
2 teaspoons honey

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and process to make a thick, chocolaty smoothie and enjoy! 

This recipe is great for your joints and bones, it helps with anxiety and anyone with high blood pressure. It also tastes incredible! X Bo


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