Ever felt guilty because you find yourself overindulging in chocolate. You are not alone; chocolate is popular all over the world. What most people don’t know is that you can include this delicious snack into your regular weight loss meals without compromising your health or diet. This yummy chocolate, coconut and mango smoothie is a healthy and delicious snack that is perfect for breakfast or a midday snack – it’s also very good for your gut.
Let’s look at the ingredients for this mouth-watering dark chocolate smoothie
A cup of fresh coconut milk
A cup of dark chocolate
One tablespoon of chia seeds
A teaspoon of vanilla extract
Half a cup of fresh organic mangoes
One teaspoon of flaked coconut
I am sure you are thinking dark chocolate is packed with calories and sugar, how will it contribute to my wellness and weight loss?
We are told time and time again that if we want to lose eight we have to stay away from chocolate. Well this is not absolutely true and you can break that taboo provided you know how to strategically include dark chocolate in your meals. Here are some health benefits of dark chocolate that make this tasty smoothie and absolute delight to the mouth and body as well:
Numerous studies have ascertained that dark chocolate substantially boosts metabolism
A small amount of dark chocolate in your system affects both carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Apparently dark chocolate in controlled amounts has a great impact on how the fatty acids stored in the body are synthesized into energy. The secret to ensuring that chocolate works for you is to choose the right type of chocolate which is dark chocolate which has a higher percentage of natural cocoa.
Helps curb cravings and also reduces appetite
When eaten in controlled quantities dark chocolate and help you eat healthy. To understand how chocolate affects appetite we must understand the three vital hormones: leptin, insulin and ghrelin. Ghrelin boosts appetite and leptin has the opposite effect. On the other hand insulin controls how sugar is transferred into the cells of the body from the bloodstream. Decreased insulin or insulin resistance makes a person loose the feeling of satiety. According to experts dark chocolate in controlled amounts lowers levels of ghrelin and also reduces insulin resistance.
Ever head of the saying chocolate tastes great and also makes you feel good?
This is absolutely true scientifically because dark chocolate is packed with poylphenols which have been proved to have a profound effect on a person’s sense of well-being. A study conducted by the Swinburne University in Australia shows that the poylphenols loaded in dark chocolate increases both sense of contentment and stabilizes mood and improves calmness. If dark chocolate is rich in an important lipid known as anandamide which is popularly called ‘the bliss chemical’. The body breaks down the lipid rapidly; the great news is that dark chocolate has a myriad of chemicals that slow down the breakdown of anandamide leaving you with that blissful and calm feeling for longer.
What about the high caloric count in dark chocolate?
Yea, you guessed right! All this tasty goodness does come at a cost. An ounce of dark chocolate consists of about 60% of cacao which adds up to 170 calories. This is why it needs to be eaten in moderation around once or twice in a week. It is best to combine sweet dark chocolate with healthy and organic fruits that have low or no calories. This is the role of the coconut milk, coconut flakes and mangoes in this smoothie.
Finally dark chocolate can also help you exercise more
Dark chocolate has anti-inflammatory qualities especially when combined with any food rich with magnesium such as mangoes. This leaves you relieved and feeling less pain. It is easy to adhere to a regular exercise regimen if your body feels good.
What role do the other ingredients play in this appetizing smoothie?
The not only makes this smoothie more flavorful but also makes it smell great. Additionally coconut oil is also known to substantially boost metabolism of calories when the body is at rest. Coconut oil is thermogenic meaning that when eaten it will naturally increase fat burning (energy expenditure).
The organic mangoes also elate the taste and are packed with fiber which keeps you fuller and for longer hence coming in handy in appetite reduction and in curbing any cravings you may have.
Vanilla extract gives this smoothie its irresistible smell and the chia seeds and coconut flakes help in improving the texture and consistency of this absolutely delightful healthy snack.
Start by cleaning the mangoes in clean, running water. Carefully peel the mangoes and then cut into small pieces. Put them in a refrigerator for at least two hours. The frozen mangoes not only give this smoothie a soft texture but also make it ice cold and more enjoyable.
Soak the Chia seeds in water for up to ten minutes so that they are soft enough to eat whole and easy to blend and seamlessly mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Mix all the ingredients together in a clean bowl except the fresh coconut milk and blend them for roughly a minute. Now add in the coconut milk and continue blending until you achieve the desired consistency.
Serve while cold for breakfast or as a midday snack.
Despite the savoury taste of this yummy smoothie it is still healthy as it only has 235 calories, fibre 12, carbohydrates 29, fat 11 and protein 7. This means that if taken twice a week, you will still be within the zone of healthy eating
Who benefits most from this smoothie?
- This is the ultimate treat for a sweet tooth who despite desperate efforts cannot avoid indulging in dark chocolate. This smoothie helps you indulge without any guilt and the taste is just as divine or even more than if you were eating a bar of dark chocolate.
- Perfect substitute for processed drinks for kids especially those who are actively growing. It gives them just enough energy to remain active and despite being healthy is also delicious and will quickly become your kid’s favorite drink.