Loaded Chocolate Smoothie

by Sasha on November 8, 2011

Being a mom of two little children under five can be hectic some days. Okay who am I kidding most days. Then add in two parents who are entrepreneur’s and that takes it up a NOTCH. So one of my favourite things to do is create a “loaded” smoothie.

It means that you can be strategic about what you are choosing to eat and you can “load” up on some key ingredients to give your smoothie an extra nutritional punch! Instead of just a fruit smoothie make it a Super Energy Boosting Smoothie.

Now how does that sound? Just look at this amazing drink and the inspiration for this post. It is loaded with so much good stuff that you just feel great drinking it.

Peppermint Cacao Smoothie

Ingredients: 2 Cups of Water, 1 scoop of raw vanilla protein powder, lecithin, mint greens, cacao nibs, 1 frozen banana, and raw cacao. Vegan DHA oil added at the end and topped with cacao nibs. Yummy.

One of the things that I learned many years ago is that you can take advantage of every opportunity that you have to fuel your body with amazing ingredients. To be honest if you make any kind of smoothie you should give yourself a HUGE PAT on the back, because that is awesome!

Here are some great things that you can consider adding to your smoothie to make it “LOADED”. You don’t need to add all of these at once but you can pick and choose and start to add in some of your favourites.

Here are some of my top options:

Raw/Vegan Protein Powder
Extra Green Powders ( wheat grass, spirulina, blue green algae, raw greens powders)
DHA Oil (I opt for a vegan source of DHA and EPA)
Lecithin (helps emulsify fats and contains some great nutrients for your brain)
Fiber (ground flax seeds and chia seeds are great)

The key is that you want to buy great ingredients with no fillers or artificial ingredients. The great thing is that once you get comfortable making smoothies these ingredients don’t have to mean “awful taste”, on the contrary they can blend really nicely and still taste amazing.

I would love to hear from you. What are some of your special ingredients that you use in your smoothie? Also make sure to sign up for my newsletter on the the top right for some future tips and contests.

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Lacia November 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hey Sasha! It was great seeing you on Sunday. Hopefully it won’t be months and months before the next time.

That chocolate smoothie looks really yummy. I was wondering if you could reccommend a good protein powder that doesn’t taste nasty of have a chalky or bitter taste to it. I’m not a fan of protein powders because if the taste but I need to be incorporating it in my diet.

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Sasha November 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

Hi Lacia,

Yes it was great seeing you on Sunday. I use a couple of protein powders. SunWarrior is my favourite. You can get single serving sizes at Fiddleheads. That way you can try it to see if you like it or not, it is a brown rice protein that taste really good. Also Vega is good to. They come in different flavours. They have small serving sizes too. If you still find these taste too strong or you notice it, you could also try using things like hemp seeds in your smoothies to get the protein up. I find they blend in really well. Hope this helps. Let me know what you try.:)

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JodyLynn @ Healthy Heyday November 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Sasha! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look of your web page! As far as the cacao smoothie…OMG! Looks so yummy. You’ve made my breakfast choice this morning effortless. Enjoyed your post, as always. Have a wonderful Wednesday! xo

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Sasha November 10, 2011 at 4:13 am

Hi Jody. Thanks so much. I am glad to hear that you love it. Let me know what you come up with, I am sure it will be yummy.

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Lacia November 10, 2011 at 1:00 am

Thanks Sasha. I’ve tried Vega before, and it still has that *taste* to it that I can’t really get past. I will try the SunWarrior and see if that is better. Maybe it’s just a matter of getting myself used to it and learn to like it. I actually forgot about adding hemp seeds. I used to use them all the time, but have switched to chia for a change up. I know chia has some protein in it, but I don’t think it’s enough for me, especially with the amount I’ve been running lately. And I’m glad to see that a few of the things I put in my smoothies (chia, flax, wheatgrass powder) are on your list!

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Sasha November 10, 2011 at 4:18 am

Hi Lacia,

Yes try Sun Warrior. I use the vanilla and sometimes the chocolate. Try adding half a scoop until you get used to it. If that does not work also look into spirulina which is also great for protein. Goji berries are great in smoothies as well and can give you some protein. I think I will do a post for your soon on vegan/raw protein.:) That would be fun.

Congrats on the running that sounds great.

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