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Mocha Java Smoothie

Not your typical Starbucks, but truly this scrumptious beverage is for my coffee lovers! Most of you may know that coffee is acidic, and a good rule of thumb is for every cup of coffee you consume, you want make sure to rehydrate, with drinking double the amount in purified water; by using 1:2 ratio. As a coffee lover, the taste of fresh brewed coffee has grown on me and I am comforted by a warm cup in the waking morning. This Mocha Java Smoothie recipe definitely is a quick-fix of a meal, while giving me the boost of energy I need, now it’s growing on me too! Fun fact: Did you know that decaf coffee has approximately 2% caffeine? Amongst other research, I found over two decades worth of case studies suggested “that coffee drinker’s had much lower risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes, and liver diseases” (12, 3, 4). If you are sensitive to caffeine, get the jitters, you may want to try this with decaf coffee, adding less, coffee grounds, omitting coffee altogether, or adding ice cubes to your mixture.

Healthy Tip: Shop for Organic, arabica coffee beans, as natively they offer more lipids and premium taste.

Ingredients:
1 ripe Banana
1 teaspoon Maca Powder
2 tablespoons Cacao Powder
1-2 tablespoons coffee grounds (I like French roast)
2 tablespoons raw Almond Butter
2 tablespoons Hemp Seeds
4 tablespoons Hemp Protein Powder
2 cups unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 tablespoon raw Date Syrup for added sweetness (can use 2 pitted dates)
Can add frozen coffee ice cubes to make like Frappuccino!

Instructions:
1. Mix ingredients together in food processor or blender.
2. Blend till smooth.
3. Enjoy right away!

Healthy Living,

Jaclyn Rae


Resources:
(1) Hernán, Miguel A., et al. “A Meta‐Analysis of Coffee Drinking, Cigarette Smoking, and the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 29 May 2002, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ana.10277.
(2) Huxley, R., Lee, C. M., Barzi, et. al. (2009). Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea consumption in relation to incident type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Archives of internal medicine, 169(22), 2053–2063. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinternmed.2009.439
(3) Klatsky, A. L., Morton, C., Udaltsova, N., & Friedman, G. D. (2006). Coffee, cirrhosis, and transaminase enzymes. Archives of internal medicine, 166(11), 1190–1195. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinte.166.11.1190
(4) Maia, L.. and De Mendonça, A.. (2002), Does caffeine intake protect from Alzheimer’s disease?. European Journal of Neurology, 9: 377-382. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1468-1331.2002.00421.x


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