Many blenders later, I still religiously kick off my workday morning with a fresh and filling smoothie. When I had my first naturopath appointment over a decade ago, I learned to avoid isolated fructose (sugar that is not in its whole form like fruit) as the sugar slows down the immune system and increases hunger cravings – not a good way to start a busy day! While whole fruit still contains sugar, the fiber and micronutrients makes us feel full by slowly absorbing the sugar into our system and minimizing spikes in our blood sugar levels. I’ve added maple syrup to my smoothie, however maple syrup along with raw honey and stevia are some of the best sweeteners to use because they are the least processed. Maple syrup also has some antioxidants about equal to that of carrots, and has higher levels of potassium than honey. The potassium in the banana is also beneficial in the morning to help regulate our body’s fluid levels, and aids with waste removal.
This smoothie seems like a treat because we get to have chocolate in the morning! But the raw cocoa is not a sugar, contains many antioxidants (that can only be absorbed without dairy) and helps improve digestion when consumed with high levels of fiber, which can be found in the avocado. I was inspired to combine avocado and cocoa after trying the Goop Chocolate Love Smoothie. The cocoa blended with the avocado creates a rich, chocolate creaminess and I added the nibs for a bit of crunch. Avocadoes are full of healthy fats and are a fantastic food to eat during a detox. I also added L Glutemine to help repair and maintain muscle, as I’m a runner and can lose muscle mass quickly. So this chocolate-y, soothing smoothie also makes a fantastic recovery snack as well.