Sugar free foods can have significant benefits for people who have cancer or who are diabetic. People with these conditions must monitor their sugar levels. Natural sugars can be beneficial to people with cancer, but refined sugars or high fructose corn syrup can be the enemy to a person with cancer or diabetes.
Chocolate smoothies are a way for people who have conditions exacerbated by sugar to enjoy dessert or a snack without harmful effects. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of chocolate smoothies and a recipe that is a huge success with people who have these conditions:
Ingredients List and Health Benefits
Coconut Milk (1 Cup)
Coconut milk prevents and manages effects of many health issues and is also beneficial for weight loss and relief from dry skin and hair. People who are lactose intolerant benefit from coconut.
Cashews (1/3 Cup)
Cashews contain a significant source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. Antioxidants, phytochemicals and proanthocyanidins help in the fight against cancer. Cashews are also recommended for heart health and nerve health. Bone health is also promoted by eating cashews.
Vanilla (A Dash)
Vanilla may help in the prevention of cancer and can increase sexual arousal. It is also beneficial for aromatherapy.
Natvia (1.5 Teaspoon)
Natvia is a natural sugar source made from tips of stevia plants. It is found naturally in the nectar of melons. The 100 percent natural sugar source does not affect blood sugar levels.
Raw Cacao (1 Tablespoon):
Cacao or unprocessed chocolate has more antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, red wine and green tea. There are four times more antioxidants in cacao than in green tea. This helps to promotes cardiovascular health by reducing blood clotting, improving circulation, lowering LDL cholesterol and regulating blood pressure. Cacao may reduce the risk of certain cancers. It also raises serotonin levels in the brain and acts as a natural antidepressant. Endorphin levels increase with cacao consumption.
Phenlethylamine is also a mood elevator. It increases focus, alertness and simulates the feeling when people are in love. Anandamide promotes relaxation and helps people feel good longer.
Cacao contains essential minerals such as sulfur, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, potassium and manganese. Magnesium regulates blood pressure and can help with diabetes and joint problems. Sulfur detoxifies the liver, promotes healthy skin, hair and nails and supports healthy functioning of the pancreas.
Chia Seeds (1 Tablespoon)
Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3s, protein and fiber.
Ice Cubes (9 Medium Size)
No nutritious benefits aside from contributing from the daily intake of water and improving refreshment.
Making Your Chocolate Smoothy
Blend Main Ingredients:Blend coconut milk, vanilla, natvia, chocolate and cashews.
Add Ice: Add ice and blend until smooth on a high speed.
Improvements: Use more coconut milk powder to make the smoothie creamier.
Number of Servings: Makes one to two servings.
About the Author
Mitchell is a chocolate lover and leading Nutritionist from Brisbane, Australia. He has a sweet tooth, but thankfully there are many sugar free, stevia recipes available so he can enjoy his sweet, delicious treats, guilt free.