The Choco-Banana Super Smoothie

July 7, 2012
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We are big drinkers in our house – smoothie drinkers that is.

We put our Vitamix to work every morning, starting almost every day with a smoothie.  I find smoothies to be a great way to sneak in superfoods like chia seeds and greens powders, and also veggies too. My daughter was getting really tired of the fruit smoothies, and so for a while she was skipping her morning smoothie – so she wasn’t getting her superfoods.  So I decided to make her a Chocolate Superfood smoothie one morning, and now it is her favorite (she actually prefers hers without the banana, my son likes extra banana, so it is adjustable)!  If you make it without the banana, just add an extra ice cube or two to thicken it up.

Have you heard about the study that found chocolate milk to be a great post-workout drink?  This drink offers all the benefits of chocolate milk, plus so much more (and by being non-dairy, it is not mucus-producing like dairy can be.  And many people can not digest the lactose in milk).

This smoothie is like having a yummy chocolate milkshake for breakfast (great for a pre or post workout snack too).

Choco-Banana Super Smoothie

Makes two smoothies (approx. 5 oz. each)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 2 Tablespoons of raw cacao powder (I like Sunfood)
  • 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds (put in coconut water to soak & soften for 3-5 mins first)
  • 1 small handful of baby spinach or a 1/2 scoop of greens powder (such as Barleans Chocolate Silk Greens or Green Vibrance)
  • a small pinch of pink Himalayan salt (or air dried sea salt) – things adds minerals and brings out the sweetness – don’t skip it!!
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I like Sun Warrior)
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 2/3 cup of ice
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons of almond butter
  • Optional: sweeten to taste with your favorite natural sweetener (like Stevia, Agave nectar (I like Natures Agave) or raw honey to taste)

Put everything into blender except ice and frozen banana.  Blend to combine well.  Then add frozen banana and ice, blend well.  Serve immediately.

This smoothie has so many benefits:

  • Good source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, Vitamin D3, magnesium, and Vitamin K – great for bone health and athletes.
  • Alkalizing
  • High fiber content, to boost digestion
  • Contains probiotics – which boost immunity and digestion
  • Excellent source of omega 3s.
  • Good source of protein and carbohydrates, and a little sodium, all great for post-workout.
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Contains adaptogens – which help the body to regulate the hormones and endocrine system.
  • And best of all, it tastes great!

So give it a try at home and let me know what you (and the kids) think!

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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