I was in the mood for something a little different than my usual breakfast smoothie this morning. Digging through my cupboard I happened upon an open bag of raw cocoa nibs. Why I’ve been sitting on this bag of healthful jewels is a mystery to me! I pulled them out from the basket and decided to use them as part of my smoothie!
Raw cocoa nibs provide some amazing health benefits. They are a great source of iron, manganese and copper. Cocoa nibs are known to be one of the foods with the highest source of magnesium. They are also high in flavonoids which are plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties. Believe it or not, they even provide a good source of fiber at nine grams per ounce! If all that good stuff isn’t enough, these little brown nibs also give you a boost of some essential minerals that we humans are often deficient of so if you’ve got these dark nibs hiding in your kitchen, pull them out and get this smoothie going!
Yesterday was my long day with work then class. It got me home late, but because of an intense resident issue at work and my excitement over an upcoming community event I’m planning at my “home base” building, I was up even later with thoughts swirling!! Even with a solid night of sleep, I woke up feeling a little slow to shake the brain fog. One more thing that is fabulous about cocoa nibs is their caffeine content, though lower than the average cup of coffee, nibs provided an added boost with naturally occurring stimulants called Theobromine and Phenylethylamine, which act as mood enhancers and increase energy. Like I said, why have I been letting these sit in my cupboard!?
I got on to making an incredible breakfast drink that is waking me up and making me feel ready for my day! Seriously, give this a try. It tastes great. It’s quick and easy to throw together and it’s super satisfying. Oh, yeah….one more thing; cocoa nibs helps stabilize blood sugars and with that good dose of fiber, your tummy will feel happily full for hours! Cocoa nibs; my new super-food of the day!
Purple Power Smoothie
1 small banana
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 Tbsp flax meal
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp raw cocoa nibs
1 cup almond milk
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass. Enjoy!!