Monday, 14 April 2014

180 Nutrition Protein choc banana & strawberry smoothie

Kick start your day with this powerhouse choc banana and strawberry smoothie. It's so important to start your day with the right types of whole foods. Especially with our #standfullyraw challenge I am loving all the fresh food we are eating. 

Here are some health benefits of the ingredients I used for this smoothie. 

Cacao beans

Cacao beans contain natural chemicals called flavonoids, a type of antioxidant compound that promotes general health and might lower your risk of several diseases. One type of flavonoid, called anthocyanidin, is especially high in cacao beans, along with other compounds called epicatechins. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and, according to a study in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" published in 2003, are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans. In that study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.

Strawberries

Today there are over 600 varieties of strawberries. The sweet, slightly tart berries rank among the top 10 fruits and vegetables in antioxidant capacity. Their deep, rich hue supplies their high flavonoid content, a topic of research in many studies supporting the health benefits attained by consuming strawberries on a regular basis.

Bananas

Having a banana at breakfast every day adds a nutrient to your body to support normal heart function. Bananas are rich in a mineral electrolyte called potassium. When potassium enters your body, it absorbs directly into your bloodstream through intestinal walls. Potassium travels around to cells all over your body and dissolves in fluid inside of cells. It travels across cell membranes if needed to keep fluid balanced in and around cells. This process keeps electricity flowing throughout your system, which is required to make your heart beat. In cases of severe potassium deficiency, your heart rhythm may become irregular, which can be deadly. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, you need 4,700 milligrams of potassium on a daily basis. Bananas provide more than 360 milligrams per 6-inch piece of fruit.

Chia Seeds

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Oh how I love these superfood seeds! They are such a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, and fortunately it's an easy food to add to your diet. The little seed — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black colour — also has a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example.Simply add to your smoothies, cereal or baking. 
So make sure you add these ingredients in your daily diet. 

Chocolate Banana and Strawberry smoothie

What you will need;

2 bananas
1 punnet of strawberries

1tsp cacao powder
1 scoop of 180 Nutrition coconut powder

handful of walnuts
1tsp chia seeds
1/2tsp organic vanilla extract
Milk (I use almond milk and pour enough until I get the right consistency I want)


Blend all these amazing ingredients together and enjoy!!!!

180 Nutrition

I love the fact that 180 Nutrition protein supplement contains only pure ingredients. They aren't filled with any nasties like fillers, thickeners, sugars and preservatives. This awesome protein powder contains essential micro nutrients, antioxidants and fibre to assist metabolic rates and keep your digestive system functioning at optimum levels. It is a protein powder that is actually healthy for you!

So next time you grab yours please use our special 180 Nutrition promo code 264464 for your exclusive FFS 10% discount.

Happy Monday!
xxDani