The New York City-based juice brand, Love Grace, launched in 2011 with the mission to help people achieve optimal nutrition and overall well-being. Now, less than two years later, founders Jake Mabanta and Carissa-Ann Santos, have grown into a blossoming business with their juices, smoothies and elixirs now available nationwide.

Much of the brand’s success is due to Mabanta’s chef background, which inspires fresh, delicious blends like the Longevity Tonic and Green Sunshine. Check out one of Jake’s favorite recipes, Perfect Chocolate Smoothie. With the refreshing taste of fresh coconut, this drink is packed with both flavor and nutritional benefits, making it the perfect healthy indulgence.

Blend this up for an amazing energy, mood, and focus enhancer. Opening the coconut can be tricky for first timers but you can always look up how on YouTube. Loaded with antioxidants, magnesium and electrolytes, these exotic ingredients were truly made for each other.

Perfect Chocolate Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving

Serving size: 1 smoothie


  • water and meat from a young coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder or nibs
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1-inch vanilla bean or ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pink Himalayan sea salt
  • raw honey or agave to taste


  1. Place coconut on a table and carefully chop a square hole in the top with a cleaver or strong chef knife. About four good whacks should do it.
  2. Pour the water into a blender through a strainer.
  3. Scrape out the meat with a tablespoon making sure to remove any bits of shell before adding to the blender.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:

Calories: 122

Fat: 5g

Carbohydrates: 13g

Fiber: 3g

Protein: 6g

Sugars: 3g

Sodium: 390 mg

Vitamin A: 7 %

Vitamin C: 65 %

Calcium: 10 %

Iron: 2 %

WWP+: 3 points