Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
If you didn’t grow up drinking Nesquick chocolate milk aka chocolate flavored sugar milk – you’ve never lived. I loved the stuff, it was delicious but it held little to no nutritional value. They have excellent marketing teams, I’ll give them that. They get to claim they are a good source of 7 essential vitamins and minerals and that they have no artificial colors or flavors, yet the first ingredient is sugar. If you are not familiar with reading ingredient lists, they are listed in descending weight order, this means the most prevalent ingredients are listed first.
SUGAR, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SOY LECITHIN, CARRAGEENAN <— these ingredients do not make for a nutritious drink as claimed on this products website.
….but enough about them.
I recreated our childhood drink into this healthy chocolate smoothie recipe with modifications just in case you or a loved one has a food allergy or sensitivity. I would let my daughter drink this – no problem.
I add some nutrients dense real foods to give this chocolate smoothie a healthy punch. One of the ingredients that may be new to you is collagen, I like Vital Proteins, I talk more about this below.
I hope you will keep reading!
Organic and full fat – always! We do ok with organic full fat dairy. I used to think I was lactose intolerant but it’s actually conventional milk that gives me the tum-rums (<— parks & rec reference). Conventional dairy cows have a significantly different diet than their organic counterparts.
If you are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy, you could also use full fat coconut milk or a nut milk like almond or cashew milk. When using nut milks, make sure you are looking in the refrigerated aisle first of all and second, take a look at the ingredients list. You are aiming to find one with minimal ingredients. Some nut milks will have a lot of additives that you are better off without.
Fruit is natures sugar! I use a ripe banana in this recipe and it adds just the right amount of sweetness. If you have a sweet tooth and feel like this won’t cut it – it may be time to consider doing a sugar detox to reset your system. Sugar addiction is real and can have serious negative effects on your health in the long term. If you are looking for a safe way to detox from sugar, I highly recommend Diane Sanfilippos 21 Day Sugar Detox. I bought her program way back when it was a PDF and now it is a full fledged programs with a manual, a cookbook and tons of online support to see you through. If you have any questions about the 21 Day Sugar Detox, please reach out to me, I would love to help!
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, they provide a number of nutrients in perfect proportions allowing our bodies to easily absorb the nutrients and put them to good use. One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, and antioxidants. Eggs are also a great source of choline and selenium, vitaminB12, phosphorus and riboflavin.
Research has shows that eggs from pastured hens are nutritionally superior than their conventionally raised counterparts. This article from Penn State News titled Research shows eggs from pastured chickens may be more nutritious tells us that the omega ratios are improved and Vitamin A and E is significantly increased in eggs from pastured hens but this depends on what the hens are eating specifically, like regular grass vs clover. This should not surprise you, after all, we are what we eat eats.
If pastured eggs don’t fit into your budget, you can find organic eggs at reasonable prices at Costco and remember that brown eggs and white eggs are exactly the same inside. Despite common beliefs, brown eggs are not healthier in any way
Did you know that our bodies start to produce less and less collagen in our 30’s?!? In part, this is why our skin starts to age and our joints start to hurt. In more traditional times we would be getting an abundance of collagen through organ meats and bone broth but today we really only eat muscle meats. In doing so we are bypassing some serious nutrition. Most people can’t stomach the thought of organ meats – I respect that but bone broth is delicious. So, you don’t have the time, patience or you just don;t want to bother with bone broth – this is where collagen peptides come in really handy. Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Collagen Peptides dissolves in cold liquids making it super easy to incorporate into your daily life.
The benefits of Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Collagen Peptides are really amazing and include the following:
- Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
- Helps keeps bones healthy and strong, supports joint health
- Contributes to a balanced diet and helps maintain weight
- Natural glycine promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems.
…and who doesn’t want to stay healthy and young forever? I know I do!
Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup of milk of choice
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 pastured egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons of dagoba organic chocolate
- 1 tablespoon of collagen peptides
Add all ingredients to high power blender like my Vitamix and blend until smooth.
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