Starting your day with healthy fats and fiber is a great way to feel sustained and full until lunchtime. Recent research reveals that eating a breakfast high in fat, but low in carbohydrates maintains the overnight fasted metabolic state of ketosis. In ketosis, the body switches from burning glucose to ketone bodies. Fueling your body with ketones not only prevents cellular oxidative stress that decreases risk for chronic disease but also helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles, while keeping the skin elastic and youthful. You can add a serving of your favorite protein powder if you feel better with a little protein to help get the day going. This smoothie is packed with rich polyphenols from the avocado, mint, and cacao. But in no way does its rich nutritional value compromise its flavor; it is a blend of chocolatey, creamy goodness with a fresh hit of mint. You won’t think twice about getting out of bed for this luscious way to start your day!
AvoCacao Mint Smoothie
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1/4 cup fresh mint or 2 – 3 drop real mint extract
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoon monk fruit (optional)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
2-3 ice cubes
1 serving of collagen or whey protein (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes. Best enjoyed cold.