Anti-inflammatory Cacao & Almond Butter Smoothie

Sugar has been the hardest craving to curb on my healing journey. I started drinking smoothies for breakfast since they’re easier on the digestive system and a great way to eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables. They are also a surefire way to cut carbs out of at least one of your meals.

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However, I recently started juicing. So, I replaced my morning smoothie with the Mean Green Juice and had a smoothie for lunch. But after having juice in the morning, I felt more hungry and wanted a more hearty meal for lunch. So, I decided to try having my smoothie for dinner and preparing a more filling meal for lunch (Click here to check out my anti-inflammatory seafood soup). Can I just say: nailed it!

Cacao powder is anti-inflammatory, reduces cholesterol, can lower blood pressure, has iron, protein, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

It was perfect for several reasons. One, drinking a smoothie for dinner is not as heavy on the tummy than say a meat with potatoes and veggies. Two, because the smoothie has almond butter and almond milk, it’s packed with protein and is quite filling. Lastly, and most importantly, because of the sweetness from the cacao, cinnamon, & honey, dinner and desert have combined into one!

Get ready to kiss those pesky sugar cravings goodbye!

What You Need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • 2 handfuls of ice


Add bananas and blueberries to your blender first. Then, add all other ingredients and blend. Enjoy! Immediately rinse out your blender so that it’s ready for tomorrow’s smoothie! 😊

What tips do you have for cutting back on sugar?

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