This Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with wholesome ingredients for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber!
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Check-in time! How’s it coming with those healthy eating New Year’s resolutions? Are you still holding strong? Or have you fallen off the wagon? Whatever your answer, no guilt allowed…because it’s never too late to redeem yourself with a healthy and delicious Chocolate Banana Smoothie!
So how exactly does one achieve a healthy smoothie that tastes like, well, dessert? It’s all about the right combo of ingredients, my friends…
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- Oats. Like many of my other favorite smoothie recipes on the site, this smoothie starts with oats, which are finely blended and incorporated into the smoothie to thicken its texture and boost its nutrients.
- Chia seeds. These tiny little seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch, with a nice dose of fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins!
- Frozen bananas. The next time you have overripe bananas that seem destined for pitching, peel them instead! Then break ’em into chunks and pop ’em in the freezer. Frozen banana chunks naturally sweeten a smoothie while eliminating the need for ice.
- Almond Breeze Almondmilk. I love using almond milk in my smoothies, and Almond Breeze Almondmilk is my favorite. It’s made with real almonds, but it also boasts 50% more calcium than dairy milk, as well as a good amount of Vitamin D and E. But just as important is what it doesn’t have (NO dairy, lactose, soy, gluten, cholesterol, saturated fat, or MSG)!
- Greek yogurt. Why not add another boost of protein? Feel free to use whole milk, low-fat, or nonfat Greek yogurt…whichever floats your boat.
- Almond butter. You may also substitute peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter, or your favorite nut butter), if you wish.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder. Hence, the chocolate in this Chocolate Banana Smoothie. 😉
- Honey. An optional way to add a bit of extra sweetness, should you so desire.
- Pure vanilla and pure almond extracts. It’s amazing how just a teensy splash of each adds so much depth of flavor to this drink. That being said, vanilla and almond extracts will really come through in an unbaked recipe like this, so it’s especially important to use high-quality extracts that won’t end up tasting like alcohol. And don’t use too much almond extract, in particular, because its flavor can be very overpowering.
My goal with this smoothie was to cram in as much good stuff as possible, to power y’all through until lunchtime or to provide the perfect mid-day boost or post-workout fuel. As a bonus, it tastes amazing, too!
So for a thick, rich, decadent smoothie that’s loaded with nutrients, look no further than this Chocolate Banana Smoothie! It’s a fan favorite around here.
Don’t you just love it when a recipe is as wholesome as it is yummy? 🙂
Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
This silky, decadent Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with bananas, Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk, almond butter, Greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber! Pin Course: Drinks Cuisine: American Keyword: almond milk smoothie Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes 0 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 3 (8-ounce) smoothies Calories: 324kcal Author: Samantha at Five Heart Home
- 1/2 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 bananas, broken into chunks & frozen
- 1 cup Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons creamy almond butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract
- Measure oats and chia seeds into blender. Blend until ground into a fine powder. Add the frozen bananas, Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk, Greek yogurt, almond butter, cocoa powder, honey (if using), vanilla, and almond extract. Blend on high power until completely smooth, scraping the sides of the pitcher halfway through if any ingredients are sticking. Serve immediately.
Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 2mg
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Chocolate in smoothies, really? Yes! And these smoothies can still be considered healthy and nutritious, despite chocolate being one of the ingredients.
I don’t know about you, but I love chocolate. Dark chocolate, that is. And dark chocolate actually does have some surprising health benefits, as long as you consume it in moderation of course.
But chocolate, or cocoa powder, in smoothies is a whole different story. It would have never occurred to me to add chocolate to my smoothies, until my neighbor suggested to try it out.
And I was hooked instantly. The trick is to find that perfect balance. Too much chocolate and it will ruin the overall flavors, too little and you won’t even be able to taste it.
6 Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipes
A good chocolate smoothie recipe typically results in a rich and creamy drink that works really well in the morning. Speaking of which, don’t forget to check out my list of delicious breakfast smoothie recipes to help kickstart your day!
I’ve collected 6 chocolate smoothie recipes that I think you will love. Simply try them out and play around a bit with the ingredients until your own taste buds are fully satisfied!
1. Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
By far one of my all-time favorite smoothie ingredients is avocado. And not just the fruit itself, but also the avocado seed!
Yes you can also blend avocado seeds if you have a powerful enough blender. But that’s not what this recipe is about though.
This filling chocolate avocado smoothie with banana, spinach and honey ticks all the right boxes when it comes to flavors and nutrients.
This is my favorite smoothie in this list of healthy chocolate smoothie recipes, and I specifically love drinking it in the morning. Try it out!
- 1 whole avocado (pitted)
- 1 large banana (frozen or fresh)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or raw cacao)
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1 large cup milk (or almond milk, non-dairy milk)
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- 1/2 cup ice cubes (optional)
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake
Who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast? The three core ingredients in this delicious smoothie shake – banana, peanut butter and cocoa powder – create such rich flavors that you will want to drink this every morning.
Credit: Cooking Classy
Jaclyn over at Cooking Classy is responsible for this addictive chocolate smoothie recipe that also includes almond milk and vanilla extract.
The sweetness of the ripe banana works well with the cocoa powder, but if you’d like it a bit sweeter, you could add in a little honey.
- 2 large overripe bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup ice
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
3. Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
This rich and velvety chocolate smoothie recipe has one ingredient that you would never be able to guess! Are you ready for it? Sweet potato…
Credit: A Virtual Vegan
That’s right, this surprisingly tasteful smoothie contains half a cup of cooked sweet potato, creating that natural sweetness that makes this recipe such a winner.
Melanie at A Virtual Vegan has created a chocolate smoothie recipe that is not only full of exciting flavors, it’s also loaded with a great variety of nutrients. This smoothie works really well as a breakfast meal but also as a healthy afternoon snack.
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 medjool date (optional)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 5 ice cubes
4. Cherry Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
Loaded with antioxidants, fibers and plant-based proteins, this tasty cherry chocolate smoothie recipe will please almost everyone! Not only is this chocolate smoothie full of rich flavors, it is also surprisingly low in calories.
Credit: Natalie’s Happy Health
If you love cherries as much as I do, then you’ll certainly appreciate this smoothie. The combination of raw cocoa powder and cherries works amazingly well, with a ripe banana delivering that extra sweetness.
You can find this exciting recipe over at Natalie’s Happy Health.
- 1 cup cherries (pitted and frozen)
- 1 banana (ripe and frozen)
- 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- Topping: raw cocoa beans, ground flax seed
5. Healthy Mint Chocolate Smoothie
This naturally sweet, creamy and protein rich chocolate smoothie recipe stands out with its delicious minty flavors.
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Karen over at Seasonal Cravings is the creator of this unique smoothie recipe that works well as breakfast but also as a dessert.
Simply mix all ingredients together in a high-powered blender, pour into a glass or cup and enjoy with a straw. You can add more milk (or a bit of water) to make a thinner smoothie.
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp peppermint flavoring
6. Chocolate Beet Smoothie Recipe
This chocolate smoothie recipe with beet is a true powerhouse. The combination of cocoa powder and cooked beets delivers lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
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And the protein, healthy fats and carbs make this smoothie the perfect pre-workout drink too!
As you can tell by the long list of exciting ingredients below, this healthy chocolate smoothie recipe really packs a punch.
A lot of thought has gone into this recipe which you can tell once you drink it. It really is a super nutritious, flavorsome and filling smoothie.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 medium cooked beets (chopped)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup ice cubes
Power charge your day with this Chocolate Banana Smoothie made with velvety soy milk blended with banana! For additional creaminess & fun, top with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.
Lately I’ve been on a smoothie craze, whenever I finish working out, I love making and enjoying my favorite smoothies. I’ve previously shared recipes for berry smoothie, mango coconut smoothie, green tea smoothie, and how to make healthy smoothies on Just One Cookbook.
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Rich velvety chocolate soy milk blended with banana, topped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.
As some of you know, prior to this year I’ve never worked out in a gym. As I spend many late nights working on the blog and sometimes get really tired during the day, Mr. JOC encouraged me to hire a personal trainer to get my body back in shape. I would have totally resisted in the prior years but since I am getting older and want to stay healthy, I listened and started working out. Guess what, I love it! I feel like I have more energy and my body feels lighter and stronger.
After my workout, the first thing I do when I get home is to make a smoothie. For the liquid for the smoothies, I use Silk’s almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk and they all tastes delicious.
When I went grocery shopping the other day to stock up, I brought my daughter with me and in the milk section, she saw Silk’s chocolate soy milk and her eyes lit up. She begged me buy it for her and I couldn’t resist. My children are a bit lactose intolerant so I know by buying soy milk, they’ll be fine consuming it without having trouble.
A few days ago when I came home from my workout and was getting ready for my smoothie routine, I opened my fridge and realized that the only liquid I had was the chocolate soy milk. I read the nutrition and it seems to be a good source of calcium and protein without containing too much calories.
So I decided to treat myself to a chocolate banana smoothie. Oh my, it was delicious! Taste of smooth chocolate with just a hint of banana. When my children came home from school that day I made it for them and added whipped cream and a bit of sprinkles on top. The delight on their face was priceless!
In addition to my regular Silk drinks, I’ll be adding chocolate soy milk to the mix as a treat!
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4.64 from 11 votes Chocolate Banana Smoothie Prep Time 3 mins Total Time 3 mins Power charge your day with this Chocolate Banana Smoothie made with velvety soy milk blended with banana! For additional creaminess & fun, top with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles. Course: Drinks Cuisine: Japanese Keyword: smoothie, soy milk Servings: 2 Author: Nami Ingredients
- 1 banana
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 ice cubes (if you don’t use frozen banana)
- ¾ cup Silk Chocolate Soy Milk
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Your choice of sprinkles (optional)
Gather all the ingredients.
- Put banana, cocoa powder, ice cubes and chocolate soy milk in an electric blender/mixer or NutriBullet.
- Blend until all the ingredients are combined and smooth.
- Pour into a glass (or 2 small glasses). Add whipped cream and your choice of sprinkles, if desired.
Equipment you will need:
- Blender (I use the NutriBullet to make smoothies.)
Chocolate Low Carb Smoothie
This low carb smoothie recipe will leave you full and free from cravings! With cocoa powder, almond milk, nut butter, and coconut milk, it’s deliciously decadent while keto-friendly.
The next few weeks are entirely dedicated to low carb vegetarian and vegan cooking! It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, “low carb” and “vegetarian” in the same sentence (especially given the keto obsession with bacon).
But I wanted to challenge myself (and the Live Eat Learn community!) to think outside the box of what a keto diet can look like. So today we’re making a very low carb smoothie (that also happens to be vegan!)
Ingredients for this Low Carb Smoothie
- Almond milk: Freeze your almond milk in an ice cube tray to make your smoothie frosty!
- Coconut milk: Use the coconut milk that comes in a can (rather than a carton). This will add a creamy boost!
- Unsweetened cocoa powder: Cocoa powder is the secret ingredient here because it tricks your brain into thinking this smoothie is sweet (when really it’s just pure, low carb cocoa powder!)
- Nut butter: Add your favorite nut butter (like almond or peanut butter) for a punch of protein and healthy fats.
- Sugar-free sweetener (optional): I didn’t need it, but you can add a touch of your favorite low-carb sweetener to this smoothie if desired.
Is almond milk low carb?
Almond milk is surprisingly low carb, especially compared to cow’s milk! While cow’s milk has 12g of carbs per cup, almond milk only has 2 g of carbs. You can also use flax, hemp, or cashew milk for this recipe, which each have just 1 g of carbs per cup.
You’re going to love this low carb smoothie (and probably wouldn’t have even guessed it was low carb if I hadn’t told you 😛). You can customize it to your liking by adding your favorite low carb sweetener, or by throwing in a scoop of protein powder! The possibilities are endless, friends. Enjoy! (PS: Check out all of our low carb vegetarian recipes or this guide to keto smoothies!)
This low carb smoothie recipe will leave you full and free from cravings! With cocoa powder, almond milk, nut butter and coconut milk, it’s deliciously decadent while keto-friendly. Pin Course: Beverages (Non-Alcoholic), Breakfasts, Smoothies Cuisine: American Keyword: chocolate smoothie, healthy smoothie, keto smoothie, low carb smoothie Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian Occasion: Valentine’s Day Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less Prep: 5 mins Total: 5 mins Servings: 2 smoothies Calories: 147kcal Author: Sarah Bond 4.84 from 6 votes
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 240 mL
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk 120 mL
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 30 g
- 1/4 cup nut butter like almond or peanut butter, 50 g
- Optional: your favorite sugar-free sweetener
- Prep: Freeze almond milk in an ice cube tray until solid, at least 4 hours.
- Blend: Add almond milk ice cubes and all other ingredients to a blender. Blitz until smooth. Taste and add low-carb sweetener to taste, as needed.
Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.1g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 1.3g | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2.5mg
So many chocolate protein powders and smoothies that you buy at smoothie shops are packed with added sugar. While this makes your smoothie sweet and tasty, it also spikes and then crashes your blood sugar, leading to fatigue and unnecessary weight gain. You can make delicious smoothies at home using these low calories chocolate smoothie recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth, stabilize your blood sugar, and give you long lasting energy.
The Secret Ingredients for Low Calorie Chocolate Smoothie Recipes
- Sugar free protein powder gives you that extra boost of energy that won’t spike your blood sugar and won’t add extra calories. High protein meals also help keep you feeling fuller, longer. Most protein powders are high in sugar; that’s why they taste so sweet. Using a protein powder free of both sugar and artificial sweeteners (Miessence’s raw, vegan, gluten free, pea protein powder tastes amazing, I promise you) allows you to control the sugar content.
- Raw or roasted cacao nibs add extra chocolately goodness and crunch without a ton of calories.
- Using cocoa powder instead of a chocolate protein powder will SIGNIFICANTLY cut down the calories in your smoothie while still making it taste like chocolate.
- Adding a fiber supplement to any of your smoothies will not only boost your daily fiber intake, and lead to better intestinal health, but it will also make you feel fuller, longer.
Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is the perfect creamy smoothie for a sweet breakfast or lighter dessert!
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I love starting my morning with a smoothie. I am always one to have a sweet tooth, so smoothies are a great way to satisfy my sweet tooth with something a little healthier. They’re a great way to start the day because they are filling, delicious, and often better for you than the high sugared cereals, or pancakes smothered in syrup that we might be eating instead.
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Smoothies often aren’t super low calorie, but they are made up with fruit and yogurt, which are a lot better for you than a lot of other options.
Smoothies are also a great option for a snack, or a late night treat that I don’t feel as bad about eating – because let’s be honest a lot of times I’m eating cookies or chips instead. And this smoothie is much better than that!
I may have found a new favorite smoothie and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! This chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is a real winner!
I altered my peanut butter banana smoothie recipe by adding in some cocoa powder and this amazing chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie was born.
This creamy smoothie comes together in just a few minutes with only a few ingredients and its so good that you’ll want it every day for breakfast or dessert! It’s honestly not too bad for you, with about 8.5-12.5g of protein per serving (depending if you split it into 2 or 3 servings) because its loaded with bananas, peanut butter, and greek yogurt.
To make this smoothie you’ll need a blender, I have a Blendtec, but any blender should work! Into your blender you’ll add creamy peanut butter, bananas, milk, yogurt, cocoa powder and ice.
I suggest using frozen bananas if you have them. I like to take any of my bananas that are starting to get too ripe to just eat, this means they’re a little spotty and overripe, but not soft yet. Peel the bananas and cut them in half and toss them into freezer. Now they’re ready to use whenever you need frozen bananas for smoothies. Frozen bananas help to add thickness to your smoothie, without losing the flavor. Too much ice and your smoothie will be watered down.
You can use any plain or vanilla yogurt that you like. Plain yogurt will not have any sugar so you may want to add some sugar, or some honey to your smoothie if it’s not sweet enough for you this way. I like using vanilla greek yogurt because it’s usually lower in added sugar than other yogurts, but has a lot of protein. Plus I think it’s so delicious 😉
This chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is so delicious! It’s one of my favorite smoothies to drink, and it would also be delicious as a smoothie bowl! If you want to make this smoothie into a bowl, some yummy topping ideas for your smoothie bowl are:
- Sliced Bananas
- Chia Seeds
- Sliced Strawberries
- Drizzled Peanut Butter
- Shredded or Shaved Coconut
- Chocolate Shavings or Nibs
This smoothie is a great way to start the new year off right, especially if you’re like me and pretty much addicted to candy and cookies after all the Christmas goodies, this is the perfect healthier alternative that will still completely satisfy your sweet tooth.
Looking for more smoothie recipes?
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Green Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- Blueberry Smoothie
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie is the perfect creamy smoothie for a sweet breakfast or lighter dessert! 4.73 from 11 votes Pin Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 2
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 bananas (frozen is best if you have it)
- 1/2 cup milk (add another 1/4 cup if you have a lower powered blender)
- 1/2 cup low fat vanilla greek yogurt
- 2 TBS cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup ice
- Throw all your ingredients together into the blender.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
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A shake for breakfast? Why not when it’s healthy, right? This banana shake consists of six basic ingredients you likely always keep on hand and it can be ready in no time. Chocolate and peanut butter? count me in!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake
How could this not be good though? It has three of the best flavors, banana, peanut butter and chocolate all together in one decadent morning treat.
Note that the sweetness of this smoothie comes from the ripeness of the bananas so be sure to use some that are well ripened. If you still would like it a little bit sweeter you could add in a little honey or cut back a touch on the cocoa powder.
This is one creamy, protein rich smoothie you are going to love!
What You Need To Make This Banana Shake;
- Overripe bananas
- Almond milk
- Peanut butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
Why Overripe Bananas?
As bananas ripen they get sweeter and sweeter. There are two benefits of using them in this shake, one you don’t need to throw away your overripe bananas and waste food. Two, the sweetness from the bananas helps sweeten this shake naturally which is always great. If you need extra sweetness go for honey or another natural sweetener to keep this banana shake as healthy as can be!
More Shakes and Smoothies To Try;
- Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Protein Shake
- Cake Batter Milkshake
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Smoothie
- Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Smoothie
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake
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A healthy, decadent shake that makes the perfect easy breakfast. Brimming with rich chocolate and peanut butter flavor and sure to satisfy.
Servings: 2 servings Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes
- 2 large overripe bananas , peeled, sliced and frozen*
- 1 cup original almond milk (or more to thin as desired)
- 3/4 cup ice
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a blender a process until well pureed. Serve immediately.
- *The overripe bananas will add the sweetness for the smoothie so use some that have a generous amount of speckles, don’t use black bananas though those are just gross.
- Recipe source: adapted from Detoxonista
Nutrition Facts Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake Amount Per Serving Calories 327 Calories from Fat 162 % Daily Value* Fat 18g28% Saturated Fat 3g19% Sodium 313mg14% Potassium 714mg20% Carbohydrates 37g12% Fiber 7g29% Sugar 17g19% Protein 11g22% Vitamin A 75IU2% Vitamin C 10.2mg12% Calcium 177mg18% Iron 1.7mg9% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: Chocolate Shake, Peanut Butter Smoothie Author: Jaclyn
Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie
My weight loss smoothie recipe is the second episode from our new wellness series calledFuel your Metabolism— where I’ll show you how to boost your metabolism using plant-based whole foods.
The #1 question I get at Simple Green Smoothies is…
Will a smoothie help me lose weight?
There are TONS of smoothies and shakes out there claiming to do this, but forget the labels and ads… and think about what’s gonna work for YOU.
When it comes to a weight loss smoothie, it’s gotta hit 3 things for me to call it a winner:
- It must be affordable to continue doing this every single day.
- It has to deliver the results it promises: boost my metabolism, keep me full and not hangry, actually nourish my body, etc).
- It’s gotta taste great (and not be loaded with tons of sugars, artificial flavors or “fake sugars” to trick your tastebuds and ravage your cravings). I want to crave this day after day and feel better when I have it!
The recipe I’m sharing here helped me lose 7 pounds when I was a young exhausted mom of 2 under 4…with no energy and a few post baby (by a few generous years) extra pounds I needed to lose. They say “you’ve gotta exercise to lose the weight”, but when you’re too tired to do that— you’ve gotta try something else. And this is the secret sauce to jump start my energy levels and my weight loss journey.
Homemade metabolism boost shake
Today, I want to share a weight loss smoothie that I’ve been using as a breakfast meal replacement smoothie. And yes, it’s a green smoothie because these are the BEST way I’ve found to lose weight naturally AND feel great while doing it.
Unlike most “weight loss smoothies” (which require expensive powders, artificial ingredients and taste chalky and nasty… and leave you hungry) this one is the complete opposite. It truly tastes good and is good for you. You can drink they smoothie every morning for breakfast, which is a great way to set a healthy routine for your day.
I’ve also had this for lunch as a meal replacement smoothie too. Some days I just don’t have time to make lunch and a quick smoothie is the way to go. Other days, I’ll sip this down while doing dishes, driving the kids to practice, running errands, after a long trail run, you name it— the beauty of a smoothie is you can “eat and run.”
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If leaning up if your goal, the ingredients you use in your smoothie can work against you… or for you. I’m gonna break down the ones I used in this smoothie to help you see WHY I used them to hit my summer body goals: turn my fat into muscle and have the energy to workout.
Spinach: Full of phytonutrients and fiber to minimize any blood sugar spikes from the natural sugars in the smoothie.
Almond milk: Contains a little bit of protein and promotes a creamy smoothie base.
Banana: Adds a little natural sweetness to give you an energy boost.
Almond butter: Curbs your appetite and helps your digestive system
Cacao powder: Boosts your energy levels and metabolism
Hemp hearts: Have twice as much protein as chia seeds.
Cinnamon: helps regulate your blood glucose levels. The last thing you want from your smoothie is a sugar rush, which can give you quick energy and then have you crash real hard.
Cayenne pepper: Helps curb your appetite and boost you metabolism naturally.
This weight loss smoothie uses all natural ingredients to kick start your metabolism and burn fat. We’re using all plant-based ingredients to get you the results you want for your life!
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup fresh baby spinach
2 TBS cacao powder
2 TBS almond butter
1 TBS hemp hearts
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash cayenne pepper
- Add 1 heaping handful of spinach (about 1 cup) to the blender.
- Next, add unsweetened almond milk and blend until all leafy chunks are gone.
- Peel and add 1/2 banana to add a little sweetness and natural sugars to give you an energy boost.
- Scoop almond butter into the blender to add in healthy fats and protein.
- Next, add the cacao powder, which is really gonna get your energy soaring and metabolism burning thanks to the caffeine that is naturally present.
- Pour in hemp hearts, which have twice as much protein as chia seeds.
- Next we’re going to add a tsp of cinnamon which can help regulate your blood glucose levels.
- Last, add in a pinch of cayenne pepper, which helps curb your appetite and boost you metabolism naturally.
- Blend everything up in the blender well and serve.
If you prefer your smoothies extra cold, feel free to pour smoothie over a glass of ice.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy.
Keywords: weight loss smoothie, meal replacement smoothie, metabolism smoothie, fat burn smoothie
Wanna win Rawk the Year?
If you’re serious about making healthy habits stick, this is for YOU! One lucky rawkstar will win the following…
- Rawk the Year: Summer Collection enrollment ($99 value) for FREE! You’ll get weekly plant-based meal plans, access to our Thrive Summer Live Community Reset, Wellness Coaching and a blueprint to live your best life.
- $25 gift card to use the Official Simple Green Smoothies Shop for some new smoothie swag like mason jars, rose gold stainless steel straws and wood lids.
- Winner will be chosen next week and shared in our newsletter.
How to enter:
- Make the Weight Loss Smoothie recipe (it takes just 7 minutes!)
- Leave a review in the comments below telling me how you liked it
- Take a pic of you with your smoothie and tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@simplegreensmoothies)