May 13th, 2020
Smoothies are my favourite to get a lot of nutrients in quickly, easily, and deliciously. You can pack smoothies with tons of superfoods and you can tailor them to your tastes. However, smoothies can also be a huge culprit for hidden sugars and calories, especially if you are buying one from a store or restaurant chain. That’s why I recommend making your own at home so that you can control the ingredients and give your body what it needs while avoiding unnecessary extras. This is my personal go-to chocolate berry smoothie recipe – it has everything you need, it can be adapted, and it’s SO good. I never get sick of it.
This follows my Foundational Four Rules for building a better balanced smoothie: Fat, Fibre, Protein, Greens. With these 4 components in your smoothie, you’re on your way to a satisfying, blood sugar balancing, smoothie. Click here to read the full post!
I’ve given some options for different add-ins if you want to get fancy or shake the flavours and textures up a bit in this chocolate berry smoothie recipe. This is YOUR smoothie journey.
Makes: 1 serving
1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk (almond, cashew, coconut, hemp)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
Large pinch of ground cinnamon
1 scoop unsweetened protein powder (whey, hemp, collagen, pea)
2 large handfuls spinach or baby kale
1 cup frozen berries
1 frozen banana OR 1/2 avocado OR 1/2 banana + 1/4 avocado OR 1/2 banana and more berries
Place all ingredients in an upright blender in the order listed (this allows for easier blending). Blend smoothie until smooth, adding more plant-based milk if you want something thinner. Eat and enjoy!
other optional add-ins/toppings: spices (cardamom, ginger), unsweetened shredded coconut, 1 tsp coconut oil, various greens, hemp seeds, chia seeds, adaptogens, 1-2 tbsp natural nut butter