One minute is all it takes to make this Three Fruit Smoothie with CocoaVia® Cran-Raspberry supplement packs for your daily dose of cocoa flavanols.
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the CocoaVia® #HeartMonth campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received samples of CocoaVia® product mentioned in this post and I was compensated for my time.
Call me a preservationist. Call me high maintenance. The upkeep of my body is a priority, but I DON’T mean in a primping kinda way. (I’m the gal who six out of seven days, opts for a ponytail over a self imposed blow-out.) While waxing, polishing and shellacking would probably help make me look more like I have it together, I tend to work things from the inside out. So I invest my time in eating right and exercising daily.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love muscles. In my post on 10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Muscle Maintenance, I explain it’s not just about being bigger and stronger. More than any other single factor, muscle loss is responsible for the frailty and diminished vitality we associate with old age. But did you know your heart is also a muscle? Yep, and I ‘m just as passionate about preserving my ticker, as I am in preserving my biceps! February is the perfect month to talk about matters of the heart, so today I want to encourage you to give yours little extra TLC everyday with CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement.
It ‘s well documented in the scientific literature that the benefits of chocolate come from the cocoa flavanols. The published research shows that beginning about 200 mg, cocoa flavanols can begin to have a positive effects on the vasculuar system. Here’s what you need to know: CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols (375 mg of cocoa flavanols per serving of CocoaVia® supplement) which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow.†
The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia® are backed by two decades of scientific research that suggests these powerful plant-derived nutrients from cocoa beans may play a valuable role in cardiovascular health.
If you’re asking, ‘Why not just eat chocolate?’, you’re asking a good question! Chocolate is a fabulous treat, but it’s not a reliable way to get sufficient quantities of cocoa flavanols. Traditional cocoa processing, which includes drying, fermenting and roasting of beans, destroys many of the flavanols naturally present in the cocoa bean. CocoaVia® supplement isolates the “good stuff” in chocolate in a convenient, versatile form, without all the calories and fat.
It’s a cinch to integrate CocoaVia® products into your healthy lifestyle. Packaged as convenient powdered ‘stick’ packs makes it simple to add one to your favorite beverages or foods everyday. They come in three delicious flavors: Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Sweetened Dark Chocolate, and Cran-Raspberry. I’m crazy about the dark chocolate flavors mixed with milk or smoothies (like my Banana Cream Pie Smoothie). They’re also good with hot or chilled coffee, oatmeal, and yogurt. Cran-Raspberry mixes well with water, smoothies, yogurt, and iced tea. After my run today, I made this crisp refreshing recovery drink by mixing the Cran- Raspberry CocoaVia® with skim milk and orange juice and serving over ice… It provides fluid, electrolytes, carbohydrates for glycogen replacement, protein for muscle building and repair, and of course, cocoa flavanols to support healthy blood flow.†
Evidence strongly suggests, your health (and ability reduce age related decline) depends on the combination of your genes and your lifestyle. Join me in adding CocoaVia® to your daily routine! To learn more, be sure to check out the website www.cocoavia.com
Three Fruit Smoothie
makes 1 serving
Prep Time: 1 minute
- ice cubes
- 1 packet of CocoaVia® Cran-Raspberry supplement
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
1. Fill a drinking glass with ice. Set aside.
2. In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, combine milk, orange juice and CocoaVia® supplement packet. Stir the drink to blend. Pour over ice and drink immediately.