{Recipe} Meal Replacement Smoothie

Happy Tasty Thursday!

I don't usually advocate those pre-packaged meal replacement shakes or smoothies. They tend to be filled with chemicals and nasty things I wouldn't put in my body. PLUS, they usually don't taste the best and aren't even filling (which is the whole point of a meal replacer anyway right?!). Today I want to share with you a recipe that makes this smoothie a meal replacement exception!

This smoothie is all you need in a meal replacer (or what I like to call "busy mom fuel on the go"). It's super hydrating from the coconut water, has a lot of protein from the peanut butter and moringa, contains fiber, and has immunity and energy boosting vitamins thanks to the moringa powder. AND chocolate. Chocolate always makes a good meal. ;)

This recipe includes moringa powder which I just LOVE. This superfood is a fast growing tree found throughout the tropics and has been used as part of traditional medicines for centuries. Moringa leaves are dried and sold as a powder. You can purchase it from any vitamin shop or the health foods department of your local grocery store. 

Why I LOVE moringa:

  • 100g of dry moringa leaf contains 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 17 times the calcium of milk, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, 25 times the iron of spinach.
  • Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants.
  • Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects, likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates. One study found women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent. Separate research revealed that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21 percent among diabetic patients.

  • Moringa leaves have anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Moringa also has cholesterol-lowering properties, and one animal study found its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.

  • Moringa is high in fiber that helps clean our your intestines to remove any extras leftover from a greasy diet. Also noteworthy are it's isothiocyanates, which have anti-bacterial properties that may help to rid your body of H. pylori, a bacteria implicated in gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer.

(Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/24/moringa-tree-uses.aspx)

Meal Replacement Smoothie Recipe

Serves 1-2 large glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 3 bananas, peeled (I used frozen)
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons all natural peanut butter
  • ½ Tablespoon moringa powder

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. ENJOY!
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I heart smoothies.

Super healthy yet super delicious. You'll love this energizing, nutritionally charged and ridiculously easy meal <3 Give this smoothie a try and let me know what you think in the comments below! 

With Health and Happiness,

Nickole