It’s not a misspelling, it’s how you spell the unrefined version of cocoa. Cacao [ka-COW] is just that, it’s a less-refined and much more potent form of the chocolatey taste we all love. Combined with chia seeds, a little non-dairy milk and honey (or maple syrup), this smoothie comes across as tasting like a distant cousin to black tea. If you’re a tea fan, you might also be a big fan of this smoothie.

The nutrients of this smoothie start with cacao. You may not think one small tablespoon will go very far, but the rich taste of cacao goes a long way. The benefits of this ground-up bean include cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, improved mood and free radical protection.

Chia seeds help provide a smooth texture to this concoction. If you want to avoid sipping up small seeds, simply blend a little longer. These mucilaginous seeds break down very quickly, becoming barely noticeable.

That said, you’ll still reap the benefits, including improved digestion, improved energy, blood sugar control and strong bones (chia seeds are a great source of calcium!).

Serves 1

1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (such as coconut, almond, or oat)
1 tbsp cacao
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 to 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
Handful of ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 60 seconds, or until mixture is smooth.