Perfectly Personalized Protein Smoothie
I love smoothies for their infinite flavor versatility. And moreover, they are a perfect vehicle for maximum nutrition. I have yet to find a more efficient method for getting protein, superfoods, fruits, and vegetables all at once! In the name of self expression, and ultimate nutritional value, below are the blueprints for a perfect chocolate smoothie. Let us know what your favorite add-ins are!

Ingredients

Optional Add-Ins:

Fats That Will NOT Make You Fat

Healthy fats are vital for a balanced diet. They also keep you full and satisfied longer. And since science has proven that fats will not make you fat, we can enjoy them without abandon! Check out Dr. Hyman’s 5 Rules to Follow When it Comes to Fat and add one of the following to your next smoothie:

  • 1/2 avocado for a creamier texture and glowing skin benefits

  • 2 tablespoons nut butter of choice for a richer taste and loads of nutrients - we add a pinch of salt if the nut butter is unsalted

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties

Sweet Body

Fruit gives a smoothie its tradition heft, or “body,” and natural sweetness. If you are watching your sugar in-take, we suggest the above mentioned avocado instead. Our favorite options for a chocolate smoothie are:

  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut

  • 1 banana - frozen is great, but not necessary

  • 1 cup of blueberries, for a lighter smoothie - with loads of health benefitsSal would approve

Next Level Chocolate

Since chocolate might be the next kale, you can opt for cacao and skip the next category - just kidding, eat your vegetables! For true chocoholics, or anyone looking for an extra dose of magnesium, add 1 tablespoon of either:

  • Cacao nibs

  • Cacao powder

Sneaky-Leafy

Sneaking in a serving or two of leafy greens is very easy in a smoothie. With all of these powerful and tasty flavors, you won’t even notice that you are drinking vegetables! So why not add 1 cup of either or both of these:

  • Spinach is loaded with vitamins and minerals - it is a particularly great source of iron and has a subtle taste

  • Kale is actually healthier when lightly cooked, so I try to quickly steam it before adding it to my smoothies - however, it is also one of my favorite vegetables to eat raw

Yippie for Omega-3

ALOHA Protein Powders pack in 200 mg of plant-based omega-3 per serving, but is there ever too much of a good thing? For an extra dose of this essential fatty acid, and some extra fiber, add 1 tablespoon of either:

  • Chia seeds

  • Flax seeds or ground flax meal

Seasonings with Benefits

Spices are the spice of life… literally! For some zero calorie flavor, and extra health benefits, we strongly recommend 1 teaspoon of either or both of these:

  • Cinnamon, which regulates blood sugar

  • Chia spice, for its anti-inflammatory properties

Wake-Up Call!

For those who are trying to cut back on coffee and are craving some energy, there are powders for that! Try 1 teaspoon of either of these (or adjust to desired strength):

  • Maca is an ancient Incan superfood and natural source of energy - it is also great for hormonal balance

  • Matcha is rich in chlorophyll and amino acids, which means major health benefits and a rich taste - it is also a powerful source of clean caffeine

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Plant-Based Protein Powder

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Superfood Greens

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Preparation

  1. Pour your liquid of choice in your blender.
  2. Add your powders and remaining ingredients of choice.
  3. Blend well and garnish as desired. Enjoy!