Raw cacao, hazelnut & coffee smoothie for the happy soul

Rise and shine!!

Ive never been a huge coffee drinker but I do like to have my decaf in the mornings every now and then.

The only reason I have decaf is because I am very sensitive to caffeine, even a little coffee or green tea makes me overly excited and I personally don’t like it.

Some people try to stay away from it but the reality is drinking coffee in moderation has many scientific proven health benefits, here are some:

  1. Although most people think of coffee as nothing but hot water and coffee grounds, people forget that coffee beans for have important organic compounds and nutrients, including a range of B-family vitamins, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as potassium, manganese, and magnesium
  2. A study done by the National Institute of Healthfound that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. And apparently it’s not because of the “caffeine high”. Study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, told Prevention.com that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is because of those trusty antioxidants
  3. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
  4. Drinking coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, can help protect your liver. Coffee drinkers have been found to have better levels of liver enzymes, indicating improved liver functioning. The drink can also help lower liver cancer risk in those who consume three or more drinks a day.
  5. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
  6. Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.
  7. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF, and co-author of the study, said, “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

And there you have it, dont ever feel bad for drinking a little coffee!

Now for the yummy recipe I found on http://www.healthyummies.com

Ingredients

1 cup freshly brewed coffee (or two espresso shots)

1 ripe banana

1 cup raw hazelnuts

3 cups water

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp raw honey*

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)

1/4 tsp raw cacao nibs (for garnish)

Instructions

Soak hazelnuts in water for about an hour to soften and then blend with the water to make hazelnut milk (you can use a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth to strain and discard the pulp).

Blend hazelnut milk with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Add more coffee or water if needed

Garnish with raw cacao nibs if using

Drink right away or store in the refrigerator

Notes

* You can use other healthy sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, dates or molasses
Love,
Raquel ❤️

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