Chocolate Fire Smoothie

As the weather starts to cool off, my personal desire to drink blended beverages for breakfast starts to wane. When I wake up in the morning, I want something warm, something that will “stick to my ribs,” as my great grandmother used to say. These mid-week recipes will probably start shifting to hot breakfasts as the days get colder, but in the meantime, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.

So far my fall adaptation to smoothie-drinking has been to brew some herbal tea before I start blending so that I can warm up my body and my belly before the smoothie goes down the shoot. I’ve also been experimenting with ingredients that are warming — paprika, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon. Each of these actually has health benefits all their own and can be a valuable addition to a healthy diet.

Cayenne pepper is great for pain relief, cardiovascular health, and is a natural stimulant. Click the picture to learn more.

Today’s smoothie falls under this “warming” category and contains a little kick. Play with the proportions so you don’t burn yourself out of drinking it before you get started. I personally am a total wuss when it comes to spice, so I’d say my estimated proportions should work as a first pass.

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  • 1/2 to 1 banana
  • 1 scoop veggie protein powder
  • big fistful red lettuce or purple kale
  • handful walnuts
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch chili powder
  • teeny pinch cayenne
  • coconut water
  • almond milk

For this one, ice is optional. If you want it cold, throw it in (or use a frozen banana), but if you’re like me in the cold mornings, you don’t want to do anything to make you feel any colder than you already are when you wake up.

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think. I’m curious to know who likes it hot!

 

 

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