[Recipe] Creamy Chocolate Smoothie from less then 200 Calories

Recipe Option 2: Creamy Chocolate Smoothie from only 165 Calories, with increased protein

Serves 2-3

All calorie calculations are an estimate. Calorie-content varies according to product and accuracy of measurement. Check the info on your packaging if you require exact numbers for what you eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dairy Milk, skim works well, giving loads of protein without the fat
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 small Dates, pitted & soaked in a little warm water while you prepare everything else
  • 3 Tbs Cocoa Powder,
  • 3 Tbs Hemp Hearts
  • 1 large Banana, frozen
  • 2 tsp instant Coffee – really enhances the chocolate flavor
    OR a small Espresso
    OR a few drops Coffee Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Ice cubes, to taste

Blend until smooth and enjoy.

 

Nutritional Notes:

  • Remember, it’s fat that fills us up. Plus fat is necessary for our bodies to get the nutrients from fat-soluble vitamins (A,D, E and K). Lack of fat in our diet has been a major problem over the last 50 years with low-fat diets being considered healthy. We have been indoctrinated, making it very hard for many of us to accept modern research that contradicts all we’ve been taught.
  • Note we changed the requirement from Medjool dates in the 1st recipe, which are about 60 calories each, to 4 small dates that are about 20 cals each, thus saving 40 calories.

 

Serves 3; approx 165 cals each
Serves 2; approx 245 cals each

 

Calorie Notes:

Calorie calculations are based on using skim milk.

  • Semi-skimmed milk will add 30 cals to the whole recipe; ie 15 for each of 2 glasses and 10 for each of 3 glasses;
  • Whole milk will add 67 cals to the whole recipe, ie 34 for each of 2 glasses and 22 for each of 3 glasses.

 

Additional Tips:

Swap up to half your milk for Kefir or Yogurt to include healthy probiotics in your smoothie.

  • 1/2 cup Kefir made with whole milk is approx 52 cals;
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt is approx 65 cals; made with 2% milk it is 85 cals; and made with whole milk it is approx 138 cals.

Why the difference between yogurt and kefir? The kefir grains digest the natural sugar in the milk, reducing it by about 80%.

 

NOTE: If you make your own Greek-style yogurt keep the whey that is strained out. Use it as the liquid in your smoothies as this will also give a little protein. (It also makes great, light pancakes!)

 

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Based on Sources: OhSheGlowsDr Axe

Photo: DrinkMeHealthy

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