Real Foodie Chocolate Shake

June 18, 2017

 

Oh. em. gee.

 

Chocolate and I are best friends. There are no words for how dang much I love chocolate-everything.

 

Of course, we've all head the research that "chocolate is good for you," and then probably stop listening to anything that comes after that... cause ya know that a piece of chocolate cake ain't good for nobody- no way, no how.

 

Sooooo....if I can have your attention for a fewwww moments, can we talk about when chocolate is healthy? What if I promise to leave you with a HEALTHY, genuinely delicious, balanced, chocolatey recipe in return? 

 

Hokay, maybe I have your attention. Or maybe you've skipped this and scrolled to the bottom for the recipe. I feel ya either way.

 

Chocolate is good when its from a dark, undutched, unprocessed source. When it gets processed, it removes the polyphenols (antioxidants) that are associated with decreasing your risk of heart disease. A great key to identifying whether the anti-oxidants in a chocolate has been destroyed is by looking for the word 'alkaline' or 'alkalized' in the ingredient list.

 

Whole-food cacao also is rich in fiber & fat, which helps to keep us fuller longer and suppress appetite. Sometimes, I keep Alter Eco Blackout 85% in my desk at work and have a small piece to tie me over until dinner.  Its way easier to have a single portion of dark chocolate compared to a Hershey's bar, since its loaded with fiber and healthy fat.

 

Hokay, so ya stuck with me. Now you've earned yo'self a protein rich chocolate shake that you can drink guilt-free.

 

 

Real Foodie Chocolate Shake

Serves 1

~230kcal, 20 gm protein

1 cup unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk

1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened/undutched

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1 small frozen banana

1 scoop whey protein powder (unflavored/chocolate/vanilla)

1 handful spinach (optional)

1 drop chocolate stevia (optional)

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender/food processor.

  2. Enjoy!

 

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