Cacao Banana Smoothie

I'm totally guilty of having the same smoothie day after day (this one), but after trying the Green Blender smoothie delivery (I'll do a full review later, promise!) I'm inspired to get more creative with my blended beverages.

This smoothie is perfect for when you want something a little special in the morning (hello, chocolate!), and also packed with superfood ingredients that will have you feeling energized for hours.

Two superfood spotlights in this smoothie:

- Tocos - The "Ultimate Skin Food", tocos is derived from brown rice and is a naturally sweet and creamy addition to your diet. It contains bio-available vitamins D & E, which does wonders for your skin. 
- Collagen - Collagen is what is responsible for giving skin elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. It's also incredibly powerful in helping to heal the lining of your gut (which can be damaged by antibiotics, stress, and poor food choices). It’s pure protein so you can use in place of your regular protein powder in smoothies. **Note: Collagen is not a vegetarian product, so if you are vegan/vegetarian you can either omit in the recipe below or swap in your favorite protein powder of choice.

Cacao Banana Smoothie // raw, vegan option, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 frozen banana

- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder

- 2 tbsp almond butter

- 1 cup water or non-dairy milk of choice

- 1 tsp tocos (optional)

- 1 scoop collagen powder (or other protein powder of choice) (optional)

- dash sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Top with cacao nibs for extra crunch! Enjoy!

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