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Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Chocolate almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight

Smoothies are meant to be healthy, but there is nothing to say that they can’t be chocolate is there? I don’t think there is a rule book anywhere. Whatever. I’ll chance it. Not only is this smoothie chocolate AND good for you, it has also been made with Fair Trade ingredients. You may not be aware, but it is Fair Trade Fortnight which I think is a great time for us to take stock of what is in our cupboards and think about how it got there. Anyone who knows me knows how much I covet the chocolate and hail cocoa as a superfood, but to think that someone has suffered to produce what I spend my money on just makes it taste a wee bit too bitter for my liking. And cacao is, sadly, one of the the major crops that is open to exploitation.

Fair trade means that all we have to do is pay a little bit more and become a little bit more aware and workers get a much better deal. They can farm sustainably, work under decent conditions and get a good price for what their labour produces and we get yummy chocolate (and other things, obviously). The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand seeks to address the problems inherent in the unjust system we currently have by educating consumers towards making better choices. Follow the link on their banner below if you want to learn more about them and about buying Fair Trade items.

For this smoothie, you can buy all of the ingredients as a Fair Trade option either in your local supermarket, health food shop or at Trade Aid shops around New Zealand. Look for the Fair Trade certification mark.

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

You need:
a handful of raw almonds soaked overnight in just enough water to cover (drain before using)
half a banana or one small banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons cocoa
1 cup soymilk
a pinch of salt
a handful of ice (optional)

All you have to do it pop it all in the blender and turn it on. Delish!

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3 Responses to "Chocolate Almond Smoothie for Fair Trade Fortnight"

  1. Marie says:

    Matt- Coffee? Good idea!
    Marelie- Thanks for visiting! That’s a shame there is no fair trade, but maybe you can buy some things locally more easily than we can, so you know where things are from at least. I hope you like the smoothie:)

  2. matt says:

    Chocolate almond smoothie – it’s what’s for breakfast tomorrow! I may add a shot of coffee in there just for good measure. My cocoa and coffee are fair trade, but not sure about anything else… definitely not the bananas unfortunately.

  3. Marelie says:

    Hi Marie,
    Theres no fair trade here..but Im really interested with your smoothie.What a great blog you have here.I just followed you via twitter and facebook.Have a great weekend

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