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Chocolate Smoothie

“Ewww!  Why is your drink that color?”  is often the reaction I get when people take a look at my breakfast smoothies or juices.  To which I politely reply, “it’s just spinach (or romaine, or spirulina, etc.), but you can’t taste it.  Want to try?”  That’s usually the point in the conversation where someone continues to tell me how disgusting it looks and how he or she can’t believe I drink it.  But hey, at least I know (and am able to pronounce) every ingredient in my beverage.  

This morning’s chocolate shake is not only delicious, but uber healthy to boot!


Chocolate smoothie
Don’t let the color fool you, it’s all kinds of chocolatey!

Chocolate Smoothie (V, GF)

Serves 3


  • 2c Almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1c water
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1c pumpkin puree
  • 1c chopped frozen spinach
  • 1.5c frozen cauliflower (must be thawed)
  • 1/4c cocoa powder (preferably raw)
  • 3t maca powder (or add an additional 1T cocoa powder)
  • 2T almond butter (try peanut butter for more of a “Reese’s” taste)
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • stevia, maple syrup or honey to sweeten (to taste)
  • (optional) Top with cocoa nibs, coconut shreds, or sliced almonds


Pretty simple… put ingredients in the blender (you do not need a high powered blender for this) and blend.

chocolate smoothie prep  Top with whatever toppings you’d like!

Chocolate smoothie


Of course if this version of a chocolate shake doesn’t appeal to you, you can always check out the local McDonald’s and buy a chocolate shake, but buyer beware, it’s not as simple as milk, sugar and cocoa. 


mc shakeHere’s a what you’re actually ordering:


Allergens: MILKIngredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate.



Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Natural (Plant Source) and Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Artificial Flavor (Vanillin), Red 40.
May contain small amounts of other shake flavors served at the restaurant, including egg ingredients when Egg Nog Shakes are available.


8 ingredients
Click here for a little more information on a few of these ingredients



Yum, right?  And if you’re interested to know, that “Artificial Flavor (Vanillin)” is castoreum (see link)…  Carcinogens and beaver anal glands in a cup!  “Ba-da-ba-pa-da, I’m Lovin’ It”?


It’s not to say that I never indulged in fast food growing up.  After fastpitch games I loved stopping for a Wendy’s chocolate frosty and chicken nuggets; ignorance was bliss!  Nowadays, however, I like know what I’m eating and know that it’s helping my body and not hurting it. 

Not everyone has the time to make their own ice creams and breads, but do yourself a favor, read the labels.  Nothing that is “natural” should have a million and one ingredients. 

Remember, you’re way too awesome to serve yourself junk!


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