When I first found out I had SIBO and IBS, I didn’t have a lot of guidance on what I should be eating (or not eating) to experience some symptom relief. I was miserably constipated and just wanted to feel better.
I ended up doing a ton of research and decided that I felt the most comfortable trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to experience some symptom relief.
While I am thankful for my time trying an elimination diet and figuring out what some of my food triggers were, I was definitely restricting food for WAY too long. And because chocolate is not allowed on SCD (with no mention of cacao) I went a year and a half without having so much as a hint of anything that tasted like chocolate.
Like, not even a sip of dairy-free hot chocolate for Christmas.
It was the following Christmas (one year and a half later) that I decided I could not without chocolate any longer. I started to dig and figure out if there was a healthier alternative to milk chocolate that’s loaded with cane sugar. It didn’t take me long before I quickly found cacao. Cacao is a “superfood” that is loaded with antioxidants, iron, calcium, and magnesium.
And it tastes just. like. chocolate.
It probably may “as good” to people who eat chocolate on the regular, but my little chocolate-deprived heart could not get enough of this stuff when I had my first sip of this healthy chocolate smoothie.
Not only did it fill the chocolate section of my heart, but all of the magnesium content in the cacao made me GO.
Like… immediately after drinking the smoothie. Sometimes, I won’t even finish the smoothie. It is that fast-acting. Which is very confusing because I thought I was supposed to have a fructose malabsorption? But I’ll take it!
If you’re just introducing cacao, I would definitely start slow because not everyone will react to any food the same way and I know some people that can’t tolerate it as well. But I truly hope that you do and that you can enjoy this sweet smoothie every now and then!
The “chocolatey” taste behind this chocolate smoothie. It’s loaded with antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and calcium. I also find it’s great when I have a headache and when I need to go to the bathroom. I get mine from Navitas Organics.
Bananas are also nutrient-rich. They’re loaded potassium, magnesium, and B6. If you’re concerned about starch in bananas, note that pectin decreases as banana ripens and resistant starch is found in unripe bananas.
I use banana milk in this recipe by Mooala. You can substitute this with any milk of your choosing (almond, coconut, rice, etc.)
Probiotics can support your gut in ways you wouldn’t believe. I’ve experienced period pain relief, digestion relief, and even relief from anxiety and depression just taking a probiotic. I would highly recommend a spore-based probiotic like Just Thrive. I’m using Megasporebiotic in the video, but you have to have a practitioner’s prescription to purchase it. Just Thrive is Megasporebiotic’s sister probiotic and is the “over the counter” version of it. I’ve used it many, many times and see the same results as I do with the Megaspore.
Collagen helps support the lining of the GI tract, strengthens hair, skin, and nails, improves liver function, and so much more. My favorite collagen support to use is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It’s inexpensive, tasteless, and I notice a definite difference in my digestion and nails using this stuff. It’s easy to add to my daily smoothie and reap those benefits.
Tools You’ll Need
Every great crafter of food and drink needs their go-to tools. I can NOT tell you enough how obsessed I am with our Ninja Blender. It is unreal. You don’t need one, but once you use one, you’ll never go back. Any standard blender will do.
1-2 Servings of Smoothie
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1-2 Frozen Bananas
- 1 Tbsp Cacao Power
- 1.5 - 2 Cups Banana Milk
- 1-2 Capsules of Just Thrive Probiotic
- 0.5 - 1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Put all ingredients into blender (saving the powders for last).
- Blend and enjoy!