When most people hear the word “detox”, they immediately tend to think of health foods and whacky diet protocols that they’ve seen commercials of. The truth of the matter is that it’s definitely possible to detox your system from the comfort of your own home, and you don’t need any sort of expensive program or products to do so. By making detox smoothies, not only can give your system a cleanse, but they actually taste great as well. This detoxifying raw cacao powder chocolate smoothie works wonders for giving your body a natural cleanse while also helping to curb hunger cravings. It’s a great option for both detoxifying your body and helping to lose some of those unwanted pounds. I’m sure it will quickly become one of your favorites, so let’s get right into what goes in it!
One Great Tasting Way to Detox
Adding raw cacao powder is a great way to add a delicious chocolate flavor to your smoothie recipes while also increasing their nutritional value. At one point in time, chocolate was considered to be bad for your health, and blamed for many conditions, including acne, obesity, and hypertension. With the benefit of modern research, we now know that cocoa products are rich in beneficial compounds that provide a wide range of health benefits. It’s been shown to be beneficial when it comes to aging, inflammation, preventing oxidative stress, and blood pressure regulation. (1)
You’ll also be adding a couple of healthy green options to this smoothie in the form of one cup of fresh spinach and 3-4 mint leaves. Leafy green veggies like spinach are great sources of antioxidants that help prevent cellular damage caused by harmful free radicals. (2) This oxidative stress contributes to the development of many types of chronic diseases so it’s essential to includes healthy food groups that are rich in antioxidants as part of your diet. Thankfully, many of the ingredients we used in our smoothies are excellent sources of antioxidants and other essential nutrients. Best of all, by adding the mint leaves, your smoothie offers a delightful chocolatey mint flavor.
Another nutritional powerhouse ingredient that you’ll be using in this recipe is ½ cup of frozen strawberries. Pretty much all types of berries are known to be extremely potent sources of antioxidants, and strawberries are no exception. Of particular interest however, are specific flavonoids found in strawberries that have been found to be useful in helping your body to perform its natural detoxification processes. (3) In addition, strawberries provide several other great health benefits, such as lowering inflammation and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
This detox smoothie also has quite a nice hint of coconut flavoring thanks to adding in shredded coconut flakes and unsweetened coconut water as a base (you can also just stick with water if you’d like). If you love the taste of coconut like I do, you’ll be in heaven once you taste this smoothie. Not only that, but both of these ingredients are quite good for you as well. Even shredded coconut flakes have been found to have cholesterol lowering effects (4) while coconut water is a good source of electrolytes to help keep your body hydrated. For finishing off the recipe, you’ll just need to mix in some honey and ground cinnamon for added flavoring. Add ½ to one cup of ice before blending and you’ll be all set to enjoy this delicious chocolate detox smoothie.
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- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 cup fresh spinach
3–4 mint leaves
½ cup frozen strawberries
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1 cup unsweetened coconut water or water
1 tbsp honey or to taste
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.