Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie
This healthy Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie is made with Greek yogurt, almond butter, banana, and cocoa powder. It’s full of protein and nutrition, and guess what? It tastes like dessert!
Happy New Year!!! Are you making any new year’s resolutions this year? I’m not setting too many goals, other than figuring out how to balance being a mom of 3 (only a few weeks until baby girl arrives!) with all of my other work and household responsibilities. I do want to remember to slow down and enjoy each day. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my to-do lists that I sometimes forget to enjoy all of the little moments along the way. I want to remember 2015 as a year filled with memorable moments with my kids and husband, not the year when I stayed on top of the housework and laundry. (Because even if we tried, we could never keep up with the cleaning and laundry anyways, could we?) 😉
The new year is a time when many of us like to refocus on a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating. The problem is, if you go totally crazy and try to eat healthy 100% of the time, you’re setting yourself up for failure. We all need a treat now and then, so you’ll continue to find a balance of healthy and sweet recipes here in the coming weeks.
This Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie fits into both the healthy and treat categories. You’ll feel like you’re indulging when you drink this smoothie, but it’s totally healthy. The ingredient list is short and free of added sweeteners. Even the cocoa powder, which gives this smoothie its delicious chocolate flavor, is full of health-boosting antioxidants.
Blend up one of these Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothies for breakfast, lunch, or a snack and you’ll get a boost of energy and filling protein that will last for hours. A single smoothie has over 25 grams of protein:
Greek yogurt – 15 grams
almond butter – 7 grams
milk (if using 2% cow’s milk) – 3.75 grams
banana – 1 gram
For a grand total of 26.75 grams!
My kids and I cannot get enough of this smoothie. I love that I can make it for us every day with absolutely zero guilt. Healthy smoothies that taste like dessert are just what we need to start the new year off right. Because who wants to go all cold-turkey on the sweets and only eat salads? Not me.
Why you’ll love this Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie:
- It has over 25 grams of protein per serving, all from real food ingredients. No protein powders here!
- The chocolate almond banana flavor combination can’t be beat!
- This smoothie is creamy, delicious, and will keep you full for hours!
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. milk (I use 2% cow's milk, you can use soymilk, almond milk, or whatever you prefer)
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- ½ tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
- 2 tsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
- ¾ cup ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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