Friday, July 29, 2016

Banana & Chocolate Almond Power Smoothie

Banana & Chocolate Almond Power Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon ground flax meal
1 tablespoon chia seed
1/2 frozen banana 
1/3 cup low fat plain yogurt
Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons honey

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Serves 1


I used to be able to find Silk brand Lite Soy Chocolate Milk at the grocery store.  It made a great smoothie if you blended 1 cup chocolate soy milk with with a frozen banana. I cannot seem to find this product so instead I tried Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almond milk this week.  It's only 40 calories per cup but the texture seems a bit thinner than the soy milk. I am wondering now too if the soy milk I used before was sweetened. Not wanting my chocolate almond milk to go to waste, I am experimenting with this product in smoothies. 

This smoothie gave me a burst of energy after the doggies and I went for a four mile hike first thing this morning. This smoothie had at least 6 grams of protein thanks to the yogurt and almond milk. 
Ground Flax and Chia Seeds both added a few more grams of protein and have many of other health benefits. 

I found a great article about flax here.

And I found a great article about chia seeds here.

In the past, I've enjoyed chia and flax in baked goods and granola. If you are looking for ways to add chia and flax to your diet, smoothies are a great place to start. I like how they both serve as thickeners in smoothies. 

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