Every day at about 3:30 or 4, I begin prowling around our kitchen, looking for a snack to tide me over until dinner. Something fast, something easy, something nutritious, something delicious. Here’s a mid-afternoon snack that fits the bill. I originally found it in a Vegetarian Times magazine and cut the recipe in half.
I’ve been eating an almost entirely vegetarian bordering on vegan diet. Between that, and being gluten free, I know how important it is for me to maximize the nutrients I get from my food. This recipe is rich in potassium from the bananas, calcium from the soymilk, and magnesium from the cocoa. These three minerals strengthen brain function and reduce anxiety and fatigue, as explained in the preface to the recipe in the magazine.
Banana Cocoa Smoothie
1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup chocolate soymilk
4 ice cubes
1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.