Feed Your Beauty - Mint Chocolate and Seaweed Shake
by Kati Vardon
Plant Based or Dairy?
Within our monthly recipes, this year, you’ll find plenty of vegetarian delights. We’ll be including more vegan alternatives too, for those of us following a plant-based diet or just looking to cut back on animal products.
We’re keeping it simple again this month, with a quick, tasty and nutritious shake. This is a vegan version, but it is simple to make changes to the ingredients to suit your own tastes and needs. For the ‘milk’, we’ve used an almond drink rather than cow’s milk and I’ve chosen a 70% cocoa solid dark chocolate which has no milk in it. I have also tried the recipe with raw cacao nibs, but personally I prefer the flavour of the chocolate.
Drink Your Greens
Mint is a herb that we are all very familiar with. The fact that it’s hardy and easy to grow makes it a wonderful addition to your herb garden. Just sink a potted plant into the ground to stop it spreading and taking over your garden.
Mint has antioxidant properties and for thousands of years it has been used to soothe indigestion and upset stomachs. It is used as a flavouring in culinary dishes and can replace salty or sugary alternatives, along with those with a higher calorific value. It contains vitamins and minerals but in such low amounts that they won’t add to your daily requirements.
Seaweed may seem like an odd addition to a milkshake, but this version is about power-packed ingredients, so it brings you amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. You can find out more about seaweed by reading our blogs Why Are Marine Based Ingredients So Good? and What is Seaweed?
Many people have asked if you can taste the seaweed within this drink. For those of us who have tried and tested it. . . . Honestly, no. The mint comes through beautifully and leaves a lovely fresh after-taste without being overly minty. I can taste the chocolate, others taste the banana. No-one has noticed the spinach as a flavouring, but this does colour the shake and adds fibre and important nutrients – protein, vitamins A and E, thiamine, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Dark Chocolate Goodness
If you have a craving for chocolate – and I do – then choose a bar with a high percentage of cocoa solids. Opt for a minimum of 70% but bars with up to 99% are readily available and a great source of antioxidants to protect against oxidative damage in your cells.
Remember that the chocolate is still fairly high in calories, so restrict yourself to a few squares rather than the entire slab. Within this dark delight, you’ll find fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and selenium.
Milk and Bananas
If you’d rather select a traditional dairy milk, this recipe will still be delicious. Just swap the nut milk for your favourite. If you have a nut allergy, there is still a range of non-dairy choices – such as oat, pea, soy, hemp, flax, etc. I am trying to increase the consumption of plants in my diet. Not only is this good for the planet, but it helps to reduce my calorie intake too.
I’ve used an unsweetened almond drink for my version. I could have made my own almond milk but, on this occasion, I nipped to the local supermarket! This milk is low in calories and sugar, and high in vitamin E. The packaged version is enriched with calcium and, generally, vitamin D too.
Bananas add that hit of sweetness – although I like an unripe, slightly green, version which is higher in starch than the yellow or brown skinned fruit. The riper the banana the higher the sugar content, so choose wisely. Bananas also provide fibre, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, magnesium, copper and manganese. They are low in fat and protein, but high in carbohydrates.
Food in Skincare
In addition to eating these fabulous foods, you’ll find a couple of related ingredients within Pevonia’s skincare range for the body. Here they have a direct effect on the skin.
Sweet Almond Oil and Algae is found within:
Algae extract is also an ingredient within:
Sweet Almond Oil is found within: