Everyone deserves a treat now and then!

Banana and Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cups of lowfat milk
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream

Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
Dust with extra cocoa powder if desired

Benefits of cocoa: 

cocoaAccording to Harvard Health publications a steady stream of studies has given cocoa and dark chocolate high marks for cardiovascular benefits, including improvements in cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood clotting, coronary artery function, and insulin sensitivity. The likely explanation of these good effects is that the cocoa bean is rich in flavonoids — naturally occurring antioxidants found abundantly in certain fruits and vegetables, tea, and red wine.

For the most health benefit, look for all-natural sources of cocoa. Pay attention to a product`s ingredients, specifically the percentage of pure cocoa powder used. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the better it is, and the higher it is in overall flavonoid content. Further, make sure that the cocoa is unprocessed.

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