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30+ Super Tasty Spinach Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try At Home

30+ Super Tasty Spinach Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try At Home

Spinach is a popular super food that is filled with nutrients that will benefit your health.

There are lots of different health benefits to spinach; it can improve your hair and skin, it provides protein and iron and it can even help with bone health. Here are 5 of the main benefits of spinach.

5 Benefits of Spinach

1. It Can Improve Your Vision

Spinach is filled with xanathene, beta carotene and lutein, which all benefit your eyesight in various ways. Spinach also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce puffiness and sore eyes.

2. It keeps your brain healthy

The potassium and folate in spinach provide neurological benefits; for instance, folate reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. It Lowers Your Chance Of Having Cataracts

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which both work as antioxidants that protect your eyes from UV rays.

4. It Lowers Your Blood Pressure

The potassium in spinach will help to maintain your blood pressure, and the folate helps to relax your blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow.

5. It benefits babies Too!

The folate in spinach is used by a growing fetus for proper development of the nervous system.

Spinach also works very well in smoothies due to its clean, light flavor. As spinach isn’t too overwhelming it works well with lots of different flavor combinations, from sweet to savoury to spicy. Spinach also blends better than other green leaves such as kale.

Here are 30 spinach smoothie recipes you can try at home.

Sweet Spinach Smoothie Recipes

1. Blackberry And Ginger Smoothie

This delicious blackberry and ginger smoothie contains oats, orange juice, and three different types of fruit. It is sweet and refreshing, and the ginger adds anti-inflammatory properties.

    Ingredients

    1 cup frozen blackberries

    1 cored apple, cut into pieces

    1 banana, cut into pieces

    2 handfuls spinach

    Fresh peeled ginger

    1 handful of oats

    Orange juice

    2. Cherry Almond And Spinach Smoothie

    This beautiful pink smoothie is creamy and sweet, and it also contains lots of antioxidants and vitamin C.

      Ingredients

      1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 12 hours

      3/4 cup water

      1 cup frozen or fresh cherries

      1 frozen banana

      3/4 cup orange juice

      2 cups spinach

      3. Shamrock Shake

      This tasty smoothie tastes just like an ice cream, but it is actually very healthy. You can also substitute the milk for soy milk if you want to make a vegan version!

        Ingredients

        2½ cups milk

        1 cup spinach

        1 banana

        ½ avocado

        8 mint leaves

        optional: honey

        Optional Toppings

        Whipped cream

        Grated dark chocolate

        Mint leaves

        4. Triple Green Protein Smoothie

          This super healthy smoothie contains vitamin C-rich honeydew and kale, which is a great source of calcium. This refreshing, light smoothie is perfect for after a workout.

          Ingredients

          ½ cup cubed honeydew

          ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

          2 tablespoons water

          1 cup spinach

          1 cup kale

          8 ice cubes

          5. Chocolate Chai Smoothie

          If you love chocolate this decadent smoothie is perfect for you – and it still contains spinach and banana for a health kick!

            Ingredients

            1 banana

            1 cup spinach

            1 cup ice

            1 cup milk

            3 tablespoons chia seeds

            2 tablespoons cocoa powder

            1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

            6. Black Forest Antioxidant Smoothie

            This delicious smoothie tastes like a dessert in a glass, so it is perfect for anyone with a serious sweet tooth.

              Ingredients

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              1/4 cup raw almonds

              1 tablespoon flax seeds

              3/4 cup almond milk

              1 teaspoon vanilla extract

              1 cup frozen cherries

              2 tablespoons cocoa powder

              3 dates

              1 cup baby spinach

              2 tablespoon coconut cream

              7. Key Lime Pie Smoothie

              This is another wonderful dessert smoothie that was created for key lime pie lovers. Thankfully it is much healthier than an actual key lime pie – and it is vegan!

                Ingredients

                2 cups coconut water

                ¼ cup lime juice

                ½ avocado

                ¼ cup shredded coconut

                2 handfuls spinach leaves

                3 Medjool dates

                2 handfuls ice

                8. Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

                This smoothie is tangy and refreshing with a sweet pineapple kick. It also contains vitamin B6.

                  Ingredients

                  ¾ cup water

                  2 cups pineapple chunks

                  1 avocado, halved

                  2 cups spinach

                  ½ cup ice cubes

                  9. Green Goddess Smoothie

                  This smoothie may be sweet, but it still contains a whopping seven vegetables and fruits so it is very good for you.

                    Ingredients

                    1 cup ice water

                    1 scoop vanilla protein powder

                    3/4 cup spinach

                    1 celery stalk, chopped

                    1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

                    1/2 green apple, cored, chopped

                    1/2 avocado

                    1/2 green pear, cored, chopped

                    1/2 cucumber, chopped

                    8-10 ice cubes

                    10. Power Smoothie

                    This smoothie is filling and tasty, so it makes the perfect breakfast drink.

                      Ingredients

                      1 cup orange juice

                      1 cup frozen blueberries

                      3 cups baby spinach

                      1/4 cup whole grain oats

                      1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

                      1 banana

                      1 cup ice

                      11. Mango Cashew Smoothie

                      This smoothie may look healthy and green, but it actually tastes like a creamy mango milkshake.

                        Ingredients

                        1 mango

                        2 bananas

                        2 cups spinach

                        1/2 a cup of cashew nuts

                        2 cups of almond milk or coconut water

                        1 lime

                        12. Green Smoothie With Apples, Avocado, Grapes, and Spinach

                        This smoothie comes with lots of heart health benefits, and the flavour is fresh and tangy.

                          Ingredients

                          1 avocado, halved

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                          2 peeled apples, cubed

                          1 cup baby spinach

                          ½ cup green seedless grapes

                          2 cups cold water

                          1 tablespoon honey

                          13. No-Banana Berry Green Smoothie

                          This smoothie doesn’t contain banana but it is still creamy and smooth, and it has lots of heart health benefits.

                            Ingredients

                            1 cup baby spinach

                            1/2 cup frozen strawberries

                            1/2 cup frozen raspberries

                            1/2 cup orange juice

                            1/2 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

                            14. Coconut Water, Mixed Berry, and Spinach Smoothie

                            This delicious smoothie is thirst-quenching and fruity, and the flax seed helps to lower triglycerides.

                              Ingredients

                              2 cups coconut water frozen in an ice cube tray

                              1 cup fresh spinach

                              1 tablespoon flax seed meal

                              2 cups frozen berries

                              15. Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie

                              This creamy smoothie is filling and fruity, so it is perfect for breakfast. Peaches also contain polyphenols that help to fight against cancer cells.

                                Ingredients

                                1 banana

                                2 peaches

                                3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice

                                2 handfuls spinach

                                ½ cup of Greek yogurt

                                16. Beet Happy Morning Smoothie

                                This gorgeous smoothie is picture worthy, and it tastes as good as it looks. Earthy and light, this drink is ideal for anyone who likes a fresh flavour.

                                  Ingredients

                                  1 small beet, chopped

                                  6 strawberries

                                  ½ orange

                                  2 cups spinach

                                  ½ cup water

                                  1 cup ice

                                  17. Refreshing Papaya Spinach Smoothie

                                  This smoothie is a homage to papaya, so it tastes tropical and fruity.

                                    Ingredients

                                    1 small ripe strawberry papaya, seeded

                                    ½ banana

                                    1 cup baby spinach

                                    1 lime, juiced

                                    1 cup coconut water

                                    4 ice cubes

                                    18. Glowing Skin Smoothie

                                    This smoothie is packed with ingredients that will make your skin look fresh and dewy, and it tastes good too.

                                      Ingredients

                                      1/2 cup plain coconut water

                                      2 frozen bananas, peeled & sliced

                                      1 cup pineapple chunks

                                      1 cup mango chunks

                                      2 cups spinach

                                      ½ avocado

                                      19. Spinach Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

                                      This smoothie is buttery and velvety – a very decadent treat.

                                        Ingredients

                                        1 handful spinach

                                        1 cup pineapple chunks

                                        1 avocado, halved

                                        1 tablespoon chia seeds

                                        20. Swamp Smoothie

                                        This smoothie has a chocolate and strawberry flavor, but it still contains two green vegetables.

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                                          Ingredients

                                          1 cup strawberries

                                          ½ small banana

                                          1/2 cup chopped broccoli

                                          1 handful spinach

                                          1 cup almond milk

                                          1 teaspoon carob powder

                                          3 tablespoon hemp protein powder

                                          1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds

                                          21. 5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Chia Smoothie With Toasted Coconut

                                          This delicious dessert smoothie is healthier than it tastes! You may think that it tastes like a chocolate treat, but it is actually filled with fiber, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fats.

                                            Ingredients

                                            1 ½ frozen bananas

                                            1 ½ cups Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond Milk

                                            1 cup baby spinach

                                            2 tablespoons almond butter

                                            2 tablespoons chia seeds

                                            1 cup ice

                                            Optional Ingredients

                                            Toasted coconut and mini chocolate chips

                                            22. Tropical Green Mango Smoothie

                                            This fruity and smooth drink will give your body lots of fiber, potassium, and calcium.

                                              Ingredients

                                              2 cups mango

                                              2 cups spinach

                                              1½ cups coconut water

                                              3 Dates, soaked overnight

                                              23. Savory Garden Green Smoothie

                                              This super healthy smoothie is filling and flavorsome, and it makes the perfect light lunch.

                                                Ingredients

                                                1 cup water

                                                1 handful spinach

                                                1 handful cucumber slices

                                                1 handful celery sticks

                                                1 handful yellow bell pepper

                                                1 handful orange bell pepper

                                                1 handful cherry tomatoes

                                                ½ avocado

                                                2 garlic cloves

                                                ½ shallot

                                                Sprig of basil

                                                1 cup ice

                                                Pinch of salt

                                                Shake of Tabasco

                                                24. Green Smoothie Without Banana

                                                This smoothie has a unique ginger and cinnamon kick.

                                                  Ingredients

                                                  1 cup spinach

                                                  1 head romaine, end removed

                                                  1 stalk celery

                                                  1 cored pear

                                                  1 handful parsley

                                                  1 cup unsweetened almond milk

                                                  ½ lemon juice

                                                  1 teaspoon cinnamon

                                                  Fresh ginger

                                                  ½ cup ice cubes

                                                  25. Savory Green and Protein Smoothie

                                                  This delicious smoothie tastes like lunch in a glass, and it will keep you going for a good few hours.

                                                    Ingredients

                                                    2 tomatoes

                                                    3 cups spinach

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                                                    1 cup plain Greek yogurt

                                                    ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

                                                    1 stalk rosemary

                                                    5 basil leaves

                                                    1/2 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning

                                                    2 pinches salt

                                                    2 pinches red pepper

                                                    1 cup of ice cubes

                                                    26. Blended Salad

                                                    This smoothie is a salad in a glass, and it contains a quarter of your daily value of potassium, which helps to regulate your blood pressure.

                                                      Ingredients

                                                      1 cucumber, chopped

                                                      3 stalks celery, chopped

                                                      1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped and seeded

                                                      2 cups spinach

                                                      1 cup water

                                                      27. Ranch House Salad Smoothie

                                                      This interesting smoothie may not be for everyone, but it is very refreshing and light.

                                                        Ingredients

                                                        1 cup water

                                                        1/4 avocado

                                                        1 cup romaine lettuce

                                                        1 cup spinach

                                                        2 carrots

                                                        ½ onion

                                                        1 tomato

                                                        1 cup Greek yogurt

                                                        1 garlic clove

                                                        1 teaspoon chives

                                                        1 teaspoon dill

                                                        1 pinch salt

                                                        1 pinch pepper

                                                        28. Spinach and Basil Smoothie

                                                        Antioxidant-boasting basil and honey provide the slightest undertones of sweetness to offset the plain Greek yogurt and milk in this pretty-as-a-picture drink. If you’re wary of savory smoothies, this on!

                                                          Ingredients

                                                          1 cup spinach

                                                          ½ cup Greek yogurt

                                                          ½ cup milk

                                                          ½ tablespoon honey

                                                          3 basil leaves

                                                          ½ cup crushed ice

                                                          29. Non-Sweet Minty Green Smoothie

                                                          Mint may normally be used as a dessert flavor, but it also tastes great in this non-sweet minty green smoothie. It may also help to calm a poorly stomach.

                                                            Ingredients

                                                            1 ½ cups water

                                                            1 cucumber

                                                            2 stalks celery

                                                            2 handfuls spinach

                                                            ½ lemon juice

                                                            1 handful mint

                                                            30. Spicy Wake Me Up Smoothie

                                                            This smoothie is very unique, but the flavors work well together to create a refreshing lunch time smoothie.

                                                              Ingredients

                                                              3/4 cup raw coconut water or filtered water

                                                              1 cup spinach

                                                              1 medium tomato, chopped

                                                              1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped

                                                              ½ cucumber, skin on and chopped

                                                              1 avocado

                                                              1 lime, peeled and halved

                                                              1 clove garlic

                                                              3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

                                                              1 pinch cayenne pepper

                                                              1 ½ cup ice cubes

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                                                              Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                                              Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                              Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                              Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                                                              If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                                                              When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                                                              In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                                                              1. Salmon

                                                              Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                                                              It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                                                              Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                                                              Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                                                              Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                                                              Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                                                              2. Blueberries

                                                              Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                                                              Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                                                              Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                                                              Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                                                              Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                                                              3. Turmeric

                                                              Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                                                              Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                                                              Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                                                              Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                                                              Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                                                              • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                                                              • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                                                              • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                                                              • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                                                              4. Coffee

                                                              Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                                                              Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                                                              Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                                                              Coffee can also:

                                                              • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                                                              • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                                                              • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                                                              • Improve your memory.
                                                              • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                                                              5. Broccoli

                                                              What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                                                              Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                                                              Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                                                              Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                                                              Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                                                              6. Bone broth

                                                              Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                                                              Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                                                              Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                                                              Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                                                              Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                                                              With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                                                              Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                                                              7. Walnuts

                                                              Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                                                              Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                                                              Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                                                              Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                                                              8. Eggs

                                                              For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                                                              Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                                                              Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                                                              9. Dark chocolate

                                                              You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                                                              Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                                                              Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                                                              Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                                                              Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                                                              In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                                                              If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                                                              [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                                                              [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                                                              [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                                                              [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                                                              [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                                                              [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                                                              [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                                                              [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                                                              [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                                                              [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                                                              [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                                                              [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                                                              [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                                                              [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                                                              [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                                                              [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                                                              [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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