This smoothie is loaded with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, phytonutrients and enzymes, all the things your body needs to thrive. Plus it’s very easy to make, has a creamy texture and a natural cacao taste. Meet your new Simple Cacao Berries Smoothie!
This was one of the best smoothies I’ve made so far. There’s no question about it! I know I’ve said it before but this one tops all the other wonderful smoothies out there. Plus it has a nice subtle cacao aroma which I absolutely love.
Here’s how this smoothie looks and feels like:
Easy to make
Full of nutrients
What’s in my smoothie?
Let’s break down (and discuss) this recipe piece by piece … or should I say ingredient by ingredient! Here’s what this recipe is made of:
Blueberries – This recipe is loaded with blueberries and who doesn’t like blueberries, right?. Besides being tasty, blueberries are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals while being very low on carbs.
Celery and Fennel – This recipe has celery and fennel, two of my favorite green plants. They add many nutrients to any meal really, but they also come with a very special “green” taste. In the last year, I learned how to appreciate celery and fennel, and my meals and now my smoothies changed for the best.
Healthy Fats – I’ve also included a bunch of healthy fats (things like coconut oil, avocado or coconut butter) that will help you tackle hunger but also provide your whole body the fuel it needs to thrive. Healthy fats come with so many health benefits that I just don’t know where to start. How about teaching your body how to burn fat for energy, keeping hunger away, mental clarity, more energy, better sleep, or how about keeping those hormones in their natural order?
Whey Protein Powder – For this smoothie I used whey protein powder which is great if you want to recover fast after an intense training session. If you’re vegan you could go for either pea protein or hemp protein, with the latter having less protein and some fat for the same serving. Protein can help you recover after a training session but has many other benefits in the human body. Think of protein as small building blocks for your muscles but pay attention to your daily intake, too much protein can lead to health issues.
A balanced smoothie
This smoothie has it all – great taste, nice texture, great nutrient profile but there’s one more … it’s also going to keep hunger away. What we have here is not just one of those drinks that are “good-for-you”. No! This recipe comes with quality proteins, lots of soluble fiber and healthy fats. All of these will give you the energy you need for at least a few hours. And your body will thank you for it because you’re giving it the fuel it needs to power your entire system.
Check out my recipe below and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. If you decide to try it, please let me know how it turned out. And if you share it on Instagram, don’t forget to also tag it #refreshmyhealth.
How often are you drinking smoothies? Would you try this recipe? Share in the comments below.
Simple Cacao-Berries Smoothie
- 1 avocado (skin and seeds removed)
- 300 g frozen blueberries
- 1 big scoop whey protein powder (or pea protein powder)
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder (optional - skip if the protein powder has chocolate flavor)
- 1 stick celery (chopped)
- 1 slice fennel (chopped small)
- 2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 3 tsp coconut butter
- pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1/2 lime (juiced)
- 300 ml water
- decorate with chopped dates and frozen blueberries (optional)
- Prepare the ingredients according to my instructions.
- Add everything into the blender, including water.
- Blend on medium to high speed until your smoothie looks creamy.
- Pour into glasses and finish by decorating with chopped dates and frozen blueberries.
- It’s ready! Serve fresh or store in the fridge for 2-3 days.
- Color: deep dark red
- Taste: raw cacao taste
- Texture: creamy, well mixed