Chocolaty Piccante Smoothie

Sometimes you just need some chocolate. And then sometimes, the chocolate you eat isn’t enough and you want even more chocolate.

This happened to me the other day and as guilty as I felt about my unabashed ridiculous chocolate consumption, I just kept eating it.

On about my fifth round of chocolate eating, I decided to make a chocolate smoothie but heat it up with a bit of chili and cayenne pepper. The benefits of hot pepper are countless but here are a few (just in case you were wondering):

Nutritional benefits of chili pepper:

  • Boots metabolism
  • Boosts immunity
  • Anti- inflammatory
  • Helps prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Natural pain relief
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Clears congestion (naturally)

Being that I was filling my body with so much chocolate and (natural) sugar, I wanted to counteract it with some spice. I also added a bit of nutrient rich superfood (like Chia!)

The result was a great chocolaty spicy smoothie.

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Spicy Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp. raw chocolate powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 pitted dates
  • pinch of chili pepper flakes
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch Himalayan salt

Instructions:

  • Blend everything together, adjust to taste and enjoy!!!

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