Berries are incredible little fruits. They are full packed of nutrition, sweet and tasty, but very low in calories and perfect for people trying to stick to a low glycimic diet.
Of all berries, blackberries are my favorite! Their dark blue color comes from the health-promoting antioxidants they contain. Blackberries are only 62 calories per cup, but provide a large amount of gut-healthy dietary fiber, copper, manganese, as well as vitamins K, A and C.
Berries are great to blend in a smoothie as they add lots of nutrients, sweetness and flavor, but not at the expense of your waistline.
The blackberry cashew milk smoothie is one of the most delicious drinks I have created so far. It’s an absolute must-try!
Cashews are very nourishing for your beautiful bod. Rich in important minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc as well as monounsaturated fats, they are a perfect pick-me-up snack any time of day. I love to toss them in a green salad, blend them in my morning protein drink or just eat them on their own. So yummy!
For this recipe, I blended a cup of raw cashews into milk (get the recipe here).
This smoothie is perfect for spring as you need light, antioxidant-rich fruits, like berries to cleanse and detoxify. Adding some fiber-rich fruits to the mix, such as banana or mango makes this drink more filling and thickens the consistency. I also like to throw in one or two avocado slices for good measure.
The chia seeds add extra protein, omega 3’s and fiber. They are also hydrophilic, soaking up to ten times their body weight in water. Consuming chia seeds on a regular basis has been shown to promote healthy digestion as well as weight loss. Chia seeds tend to expand in your belly creating a feeling of satiety.
Now that you have all the amazing nutrition facts about this beautiful drink, go and try it for yourself. Enjoy!
- 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ avocado (optional for thicker consistency)
- 3-4 cups cashew milk
- 1 scoop RAW plant-based protein powder or green powder (optional)*
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds