You love smoothies. You love chocolate. So, naturally, you’ll love this chocolate smoothie!
It is possible to combine the two in a healthy and delicious way. Also, it’s the perfect holiday treat - one that keeps on giving.
This healthy chocolate smoothie recipe feeds your body and your soul.
Ok, that might be a bit of a stretch, but you’ll find that the relaxing properties of this special chocolate smoothie might just kick your go-to sugary cocoa snack to the curb; it’s made with the remedying goodness of our favorite superfoods and topped with the benefits of cocoa.
This smoothie will not only have your taste buds dancing, but also give your body protein, energy, and help you rest and recover.
Because of its wholesome ingredients and remarkably low sugar content, you could enjoy this smoothie any time of the day, even breakfast.
Relax, restore, and reboot your system with a healthy chocolate alternative.
It’s a creamy shake that you can drink as the first meal of your day, post-workout, or in between meals as a snack. You can also enjoy it cold or warm, so it really lends itself to the end of year mood when you crave a cocoa snack to help you chill out as the year comes to an end and the holiday season revs up.
Alright, you’re craving this drink already - so let’s get to it.
This is a simple recipe that mixes fresh fruits and vegetables with two of our superfood blends, featuring complete organic protein in addition to turmeric, cinnamon, the adaptogen Reishi mushrooms, and -of course- the benefits of cocoa. Plus more!
Our healthy chocolate smoothie provides powerful antioxidants and micronutrients to boost your health and well-being.
This recipe calls for chocolate protein powder, which could be any powder of your choice of course, but we would highly recommend our very own Organifi Complete Protein Powder.
Why? It’s made with top plant-based protein sources, such as pea protein, quinoa and pumpkin seeds, and doubles as a multivitamin that may fuel you with the energy you need to conquer your day and keep you satisfied until your next meal.
The best part is that it includes some digestive enzymes that make it easier for you to process it. This chocolate smoothie recipe also features some of our favorite greens - kale and spinach - but you can choose to just use one or both.
Cruciferous vegetables officially upgrade this recipe to a “green smoothie” but hide the taste so well, it’s even suitable for children. The chia seeds bolster it with omega-3s and calcium, while the banana adds potassium fuel and other essential nutrients.
You simply can’t go wrong with this chocolate smoothie recipe! Ready to give it a try?
½ cup spinach or kale
1 scoop Gold, Chocolate
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 serving chocolate protein powder (Organifi Complete Protein)
½ large banana or 1 whole small frozen banana
A handful of ice (optional)
1 cup of water or plant-based milk
That’s it! Isn’t that easy?
As a chocolate smoothie, it works really well cold or at room temperature; however, if you’re craving hot cocoa and feel the protein is making it too thick, you can opt to skip the protein powder and use warm almond milk.
The greens will be well-hidden by the banana and cocoa powder, while the chia provides a small amount of protein and texture.
The flavor is fantastic, but when you recognize the nutritional value in it, you’ll be like: ok yes, this is part of my monthly recipe roster. Even beyond the holidays, we just think it’s ideal for the weather.
If you don’t know the difference between plant-based protein and animal protein when it comes to protein powders, it comes down to this:
Plant-based sources are more environmentally friendly and sustainable, are suitable for celiacs and people with dairy allergies, are easier to digest and low in natural sugars, and have a high protein content per serving that can be as complete as animal protein.
For example, ours is; it has all the essential amino acids needed to thrive and build muscle.
This chocolate smoothie uses a complete vegan protein that anyone can digest.
It also packs a punch in micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals: one serving (the amount in our chocolate smoothie recipe) has 96% the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, 67% Vitamin E, 33% Vitamin C, 25% Vitamin D, 49% Iron, 20%Biotin, and 10% Vitamin B12, among others.
Say you don’t like green vegetables (gasp!) or, more likely, some of the people you love would rather have their temperature measured from behind than eat Brussel sprouts - this is the drink for those people.
Even at just half a cup of spinach or kale, you’re adding a little over one serving of green vegetables to your daily intake. You’re technically supposed to get a minimum of five a day.
One serving of vegetables is about half a cup of raw leafy greens or 2.9 Oz.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a 100-gram serving of spinach, about half a cup, has 34% of the RDI of Vitamin C, 30mg of Calcium, and a good amount of fiber, Vitamin K, A, folate, and manganese.
Meanwhile, the same amount of kale -half a cup- has 103%the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, 342% Vitamin K, 67% Vitamin C, in addition to 9% B6, calcium, magnesium, copper, and more. Since you can’t really taste it, you can try adding a full cup and see how you feel.
Adaptogens are potent plants, herbs, roots, and mushrooms that may have the ability to influence energy management in the body, including the secretion of cortisol and supporting the self-regulation of the adrenal glands.
The body is so intelligently designed we have a sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. When everything is nice and peachy, and you feel really calm and centered - you’re inhabiting the parasympathetic nervous system. Where you should be most of the time.
When you’re stressed, anxious, feel your heart racing, and like you’re going a million miles per hour - you’re using your sympathetic nervous system. In an ideal world, you would only use this powerful tool to get you out of a jam and into safety; however, that’s not always the case.
That’s where adaptogen foods like Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms come in, they help the adrenal glands regulate and control the flight, freeze or fight response and get you back into the soothing parasympathetic nervous system. Allowing you to manage energy, relax, rest better and recover more efficiently.
If you ever wondered whether you can have chocolate on a diet, you’re not the only one. Fortunately, the answer to that is yes. But only as long as it is healthy chocolate, meaning dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content (cacao is the raw bitter fruit!) and low sugar.
The effects of chocolate on the brain may boost cognitive function and memory with its powerful antioxidants, but we love it even more due to its potential to satisfy and control sugar and savory cravings.
Some research shows that 100 grams of dark chocolate had people feeling less hungry and less interested in sweet and salty snacks, even while on an empty stomach. We’re not recommending eating 100 grams in one sitting, but it’s nice to know cocoa flavonoids have the potential to do that.
Have a chocolate smoothie instead!
Our Gold blend contains maximum strength turmeric and black piperine to improve absorption by 2,000%. Curcumin, the main component behind the benefits of turmeric, has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that go really well with adaptogens.
Inflammation and oxidative stress go hand-in-hand, and while both are natural processes neither is ideal in excess. This potent dose of turmeric may help your body combat the effects of chronic stress, chronic inflammation, bloating, and support digestion.
It’s a win-win and it’s also a vital ingredient in our Gold, Chocolate mix. You can’t really taste the turmeric, but your body knows what’s behind that chocolatey treat.
Need more reasons? It’s fast to prepare, requires minimal cleanup and only has seven grams of sugar! 6 from the banana, 2 from the protein powder, and 1 from our Gold, Chocolate infusion. How’s that for a healthy chocolate smoothie recipe?
If you try this smoothie at home, please let us know your thoughts and how you like the recipe or tag us in your social media photos. Also, feel free to share with us any other creative healthy chocolate recipes you have, we would love to hear from you and feature them in our blog.
Remember, we’re in this together. Happy Holidays!
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