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    Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Bowl & Why Chocolate Is The Best Remedy For Winter Blues

    A blog post about the challenges of Seasonal affective disorder and the benefits of chocolate.


    Are you looking for a cure to the winter blues?

    Seasonal affective disorder is a real thing that affects 5% of the U.S. population and it creates a whirlwind of unwanted emotions and symptoms. You start to feel more lethargic, anxious, stressed and down in the dumps. It’s also what leads to the overeating of starches and sweets. [1]
    But we’re here to help you kick it to the curb. Along with drinking lots of water, eating wholesome foods, moving your body and taking care of your mental health, add a little chocolate into your life to give you a boost of antioxidants and feel good emotions.


    Benefits of Chocolate


    Cocoa specifically what we’re talking about. The higher (darker) the content, the better it is. Cocoa has been proven to help with oxidative stress, cognitive function, blood pressure regulations and boost mood. [2]


    chocolate smoothie bowl vegan and gluten free coconut whisk healthy

    Ingredients Easy Recipe for A Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Bowl


    This chocolate-y smoothie bowl is ready in ten minutes and can be made with ingredients you already have in your pantry. Enjoy this vegan, gluten free and protein packed bowl of goodness.

    • 2 bananas, frozen
    • 1 tbsp, whole flax seed
    • 1 tbsp, peanut butter
    • 1 tbsp, organic chia seeds
    • 1 scoop chocolate protein of your choice
    • 4 icecubes
    • 2 cups, almond milk

    Direction
    1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or NutriBullet. Blend!
    2. Top with favorite fresh fruits, seeds or nuts. I used coconut shreds, blackberries, bananas, cocoa, chia seeds.

     Enjoy!

    xo, 

    Bella & Team Coconut Whisk 

     

    Resources 

    [1] http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/sad

     

    [2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272.php

     

    
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