Okay, the holiday season is about at an end, and now you want to get rid of a few unwanted pounds. Maybe you’ve even made a New Year’s resolution to lose the weight. If you’re like me, though, those indiscretions involving sugar make it hard to quit consuming the stuff. This chocolate smoothie can come to the rescue. No, it doesn’t taste exactly like a real chocolate milkshake, because it isn’t made with refined sugar-laden ingredients. On the other hand, it’s very smooth and satisfying, has a luscious texture, and it’s got chocolate in it, plus it’s quick and easy to make–just throw everything into the blender and whir it up.
You can substitute water for the milk if you don’t drink milk, but I used it to achieve a more milk-chocolaty flavor. You can use plain old Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder if you can’t find the raw cacao; that’s what I had to do, since I was out of cacao. The avocado makes the smoothie thick and creamy, and unless you get one that is overly ripe, you won’t taste it at all. The Fage yogurt is thick and smooth—not sour like most yogurts. The Kefir adds a little extra health value and increases the smoothness. The agave nectar is an excellent sweetener for this because it imparts no bitterness, and you can use it to taste because it’s a low glycemic sweetener; be sure to get the organic raw variety if you can find it. I used frozen raspberries for the fruit, but you can use any frozen fruit you like, or just a small banana. All of these ingredients are available at Kroger’s Waynetowne Plaza except the Nutribody protein, which you can order direct from Baseline Nutritionals. Although you could substitute another protein powder, this one really tastes good, and it’s naturally sweetened.
Satisfying Chocolate Smoothie
3/4 bottle water
6-8 oz. 2% milk
1 organic avocado, peeled and depitted
3 T. raw cacao powder (or to taste)
8 oz. Fage plain yogurt
1 T. organic Lifeway kefir
3 T. organic raw blue agave nectar
1 heaping T. Nutribody protein, vanilla flavor
½ C. organic fruit
Put all of the ingredients in your Vitamix or other high-powered blender, turn it on low to mix them, and then on high for 20 seconds to create the ice-cream-like texture. Serve immediately. This recipe makes 2 servings. It will keep in the refrigerator for awhile, covered, but too long and it will separate, so share with a friend or enjoy the second glass within a few hours. If it does separate, it’s still good; just stir before drinking.
This smoothie will fill you up, and it’s a treat on a no-sugar diet. Feel free to tinker with the ingredients until you get it just the way you like it. For me, this came out nice and thick like a real milkshake, but if you want it thicker you could add extra frozen fruit. To your health!
Kroger Waynetowne Plaza
7747 Old Troy Pike
Dayton, OH 45424
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