IRON BOOSTING CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
250ml rice, oat or almond milk (alternatively a good quality organic full-cream dairy milk if you prefer)
1 frozen banana
1 large tablespoon unhulled tahini
1 heaped teaspoon raw cacao powder or cacao nibs or beans (for chocolate crunch!)
1 heaped teaspoon macca powder
sprinkle cinnamon (in the mix or on top)
Simply blend all the ingredients in a blender or nutribullet and enjoy!!!
About the ingredients:
Tahini: Tahini is just ground up sesame seeds, and sesame seeds are an extremely rich source of iron. It is important to purchase the ‘unhulled’ tahini, as all of the nutrients (including the iron!) are in the hull of the seed. If you are using raw sesame seeds, ensure you soak them first to remove the phytic acid (which inhibits iron uptake).
Maca: Maca is considered a superfood and comes from a root plant that has been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes of South America for approximately 2,600 years! (David Wolfe 2009, Superfoods) Maca is actually a member of the cruciferous family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc) and is rich in minerals (including calcium, iron & zinc!), amino acids (20 in total, including 7 essential) and vitamins B1, B2, C, and E. Maca is known to improve the following conditions:
Anaemia – Chronic Fatigue – Depression – Infertility – Lack of Libido – Menstrual discomfort & disorders – Poor memory – Stress tension
Cacao: And then of course, we have the famous raw Cacao (chocolate!), which has tonnes of health benefits just like Maca. It is rich in minerals & trace minerals (including iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper) as well as vitamin C and omega-6 fatty acids.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is great for helping to control blood sugar levels (ie those mid-afternoon sugar cravings!), it is also known to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Sprinkled into smoothies or over your morning oats is a great way to add cinnamon into your diet. Sugary cinnamon on your donuts is not the same!