There has been all kinds of chocolately treats on Twitter and blogs this week, mostly due to the Valentine’s Day holiday earlier this week.
As you may have noticed if you’ve been following, I tend to look for and create somewhat more healthy, yet still absolutely delicious, versions of different dishes and delights. (For example: Skinny Shrimp Scampi, BLT Meets grilled cheese, Healthy Chick’s Chili and Dreamfields pasta)
Caution: If I ruined bagels or yogurt for you in the past and you’re still mad, then beware of this post – I am about to reveal a few dirty little secrets about smoothies.
The low-down: when you buy a smoothie from a smoothie bar or kiosk in the mall, there is a good chance that it isn’t very good for you at all. Often times they use a mix of water and sugar (simple syrup), fruit flavoring rather than fruit, full-fat yogurt and who knows what else. Just like with anything, making it at home means quality control: you get to control the quality and quantity of ingredients in order to fit your needs.
The solution: make smoothies at home! I’ve been at this whole green smoothie phenomenon for a little over a month, so it is about time I try something very new to spice it up a little bit! (or sweeten it up 🙂 ) I was initially inspired by Roni over at GreenLiteBites.com.
Eat something new: Well, she’s at it again! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day Roni concocted a strawberry and chocolate smoothie that I just had to try! I didn’t have frozen strawberries, so I used mixed berries instead, but I’m sure it’s a very similar result!
What you’ll need:
- 1 large handful of fresh baby spinach
- 1 c. frozen strawberries or mixed berries
- 1/2 c. Fage 0% greek yogurt
- 1/3 c. Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk
- 1/8 c. dark chocolate chips (pieces of a bar would work, too!)
What you’ll need to do:
(I use a food processor! Roni uses the magic bullet – whatever spins your smoothie!)
I do this first because the spinach is closer to the blades to ensure it gets completely chopped up.
Add all other ingredients.
Blend until it reaches your desired consistency!
The Result: SO GOOD! I can’t wait to try it with banana! Just like Roni mentioned, the chocolate doesn’t completely blend, so there are tiny little “bites” of chocolate throughout. Which I absolutely did not mind since “chocolatey” was the goal!
This is a quick, easy, healthy way to mix in some chocolate and feel like you’re indulging without the bulging 🙂