Rock ‘n’ Roll Smoothies: Brown Sugar

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The second drink in my series of Rock ‘n’ Roll Smoothies is Brown Sugar. It is a  gluten-free, vegan glass of chocolatey yumminess. This is the kind of smoothie I typically make on the weekend because it tastes like such a treat – but it is actually super healthy too! By the way – it is also completely free of any refined sugar – despite its title!

The main ingredients include:

  • Raw Cacao Powder

cacao powderCacao powder is a raw, unprocessed and unsweetened version of cocoa powder. It has a higher nutritional value than cocoa powder because it has not been exposed to the roasting process.

  • Chocolate protein powder

protein powderI use raw vegan protein powder to up the protein level of my smoothies.

  • AvocadoavocadoA ripe avocado adds a lovely creaminess to smoothies.
  • Cocoa Nibs
    cocoa nibsThe cocoa nibs are used to decorate the smoothie.

R’n’R Smoothies: Nutrition per Serving:

One glass of Brown Sugar contains approximately 400 calories and will provide 19.5g of healthy fats, 45g carbs, of which 11g are from fibre and 17g of protein. One serving of this smoothie kept me full for a long time. 

A serving will also give you 63% of your calcium RDA (without any dairy!), 37% of your iron RDA, 21% of your vitamin A RDA and 13% of your RDA for vitamin C.

Sweet.

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The Rock ‘n’ Recipe:

(Makes Two Servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds.
  • 1 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder.
  • 1 heaped scoop chocolate protein powder (or two tbsp).
  • 1 small ripe banana.
  • 1 ripe avocado.
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups rice milk.
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • 2 tsp cocoa nibs (to decorate).

Method:

  1. To grind up the chia seeds, use either a high-powered blender or a coffee grinder.
  2. Add all ingredients (except for cocoa nibs) to blender and blend from a low speed gradually moving up to high until entirely smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cocoa nibs to decorate.

Tastes so good…

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The Clean Coconut x

 

P.S. Check out Purple Haze here.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Smoothies: Purple Haze

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The first drink in my series of Rock ‘n’ Roll Smoothies is Purple Haze. This is a gluten-free, vegan, superfood smoothie which is dizzily high in protein.

The main ingredients include:

  1. Chia Seeds

smoothiesChia seeds are super high in protein and fibre, as well as omega three fatty acids.  They include lots of calcium too which can be harder to source on a vegan diet. Chia seeds are one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids.

2. Rice Proteinsmoothies, veganRice protein powder is one of my favourite vegan protein powders. It is great for adding to smoothies as it is unflavoured. It is a little bit slower to digest than whey so it keeps you fuller for longer too.

3. Bananasmoothies, vegan, plant-basedBananas are full of potassium, vitamin C, fibre and vitamin B6. Bananas also help to add creaminess to dairy-free smoothies.

4. Maca Powder

smoothies, vegan, plant-based, macaAnother ‘superfood’, plant-based source of nutrients.

5. Acaí Powdersmoothies, vegan, plant based, acaiAcaí powder helps to give this smoothie its gorgeous purple colour. This stuff is expensive, but a little goes a long way.

6. Blueberries smoothies, vegan, plant based, blueberriesAntioxidant-rich blueberries also add to the beautiful colour and great health benefits of this smoothie.

7. Raspberriessmoothies, vegan, plant based, raspberriesRaspberries are really high in fibre and vitamin C.

8. Almond Milksmoothies, vegan, plant based, almonds, almond milkAlmond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk. I love using it in smoothies. Make sure to get the unsweetened version!

Nutrients Per Serving:

One serving of Purple Haze contains 262 calories, 7.3g of fat, 17.6g of protein and 31.7g of unrefined carbohydrates – 13.5 of which are from fibre. Yep, all of that in one glass of purple am-hazingness.

One serving also provides 10.2% of your vitamin C RDA, 41.8% of your calcium RDA and 6.7% of your RDA for iron, as well as 308mg of potassium.

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The Rock ‘n’ Recipe: 

(Makes Two servings)

Ingredients: 

2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Cup frozen blueberries

1 Cup frozen raspberries

1 banana, sliced

2 tbsp Rice Protein

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

1 tbsp Maca Powder

2 tsp Acaí Powder

2 tsp Desiccated Coconut (to decorate)

Note: Using frozen fruit means you don’t need to water down your smoothie with ice cubes, but you can also use unfrozen berries either. To prevent waste, slice up bananas when they are becoming overripe and freeze them for use in smoothies.

 Method:

  1. To grind up the chia seeds, use either a high-powered blender or a coffee grinder.
  2. Add all ingredients apart from desiccated coconut to blender and blend slowly, gradually moving up to full speed.
  3. Pour into glass and sprinkle with desiccated coconut to serve.

‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky…

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The Clean Coconut x