Vegan Strawberry Cacao Nibs Smoothie
This Vegan Strawberry Cacao Nibs Smoothie is rich and creamy and tastes as decadent as dessert.
Who doesn’t love a good healthy strawberry smoothie?! Well, this healthy strawberry smoothie recipe is made with frozen organic strawberries and hemp seed milk. The added antioxidant rich cacao nibs in this dairy free smoothie recipe will remind you of the taste of chocolate covered strawberries. Win!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants that nourish your body with vitality. Strawberries are low in calories and high in antioxidants.
NUT MILK BENEFITS
I typically use either cashew milk, almond milk or hemp seed milk for this smoothie. My preference is cashew or hemp. The cashew is lighter tasting than almond milk, and I love how my skin feels when I drink hemp milk (super soft), but it is more fattening. One cup of unsweetened almond milk contains 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 1 gram each of protein, carbohydrate and fiber. One cup of unsweetened cashew milk contains 25 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of fiber, and 1 gram each of protein and carbohydrate. Then there’s hemp milk. One cup of unsweetened hemp milk contains 70 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of protein. Hemp is loaded with vitamins minerals and essential fatty acids. It contains the perfect 1:3 balance of Omega-6 to Omega 3, which the body needs for good skin health, energy production, nervous system function, and immune system support. Studies have shown that Omega 3 is a good anti-inflammatory – it’s also good for lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides. Hemp is also a rich source of easily digestible protein, and it contains all of the essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. The “China Study”, by T. Colin Campbell and M.D. Thomas M. Campbell II, provides some dramatic information about how casein (milk protein) is a cancer promoter. I’ve never been big on dairy, so switching to almond, cashew and hemp milks for my “milk” needs has been an easy one.
I love absolutely everything about this healthy strawberry smoothie recipe!! It’s one of my favorites!!
As for cacao – it’s the purest form of chocolate you can consume. Cacao is an excellent source of antioxidants and magnesium. I’m always on the lookout for good cacao nibs recipes because I absolutely love cacao nibs!
VEGAN SMOOTHIE RECIPES
- 2 cups plain unsweetened nut milk or hemp milk (cashew milk, hemp milk, almond or oat milk)
- 1-1/2 cups organic frozen strawberries
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 teaspoons clover honey
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut or fresh coconut meat (optional)
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender or a Nutri Bullet and blend for just a minute or two until everything is well blended.