Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Double chocolate, blueberries and vanilla equal a super tasty Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie. Quick and simple to make and perfect to enjoy for breakfast, lunch or snack time.
Okay, so I didn’t plan to share another smoothie so soon, but I was going through my pictures and realized, I photographed this Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie. I recently bought a new camera! I’m super excited and can’t wait to share blog posts with pictures from my new device! My husband and I spent a lot of time researching cameras and finally decided upon a Canon EOS 80D. I love it! But there’s so much still to learn. I was using a Nikon Cool Pix P510 and it was time to upgrade. I’ll soon share pictures from the new camera and tell you why I picked the camera I did. For now, I’ll just say, it wasn’t an easy decision!
Anyway, so I was going through all my pics on my Nikon and came across my Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie. I also found pictures of some delicious Asian sticky wings which I’ll share next.
Then, it’ll only be pictures from my new camera! Have I mentioned how excited I am? 🙂
So, as many of you know, I love smoothies. I have a smoothie a few times a week. And while I’ve shared many varieties of green smoothies, like my Caribbean Coconut Green Smoothie, chocolate smoothies were one of the first smoothies I made. I saw a recipe on the back of my almond milk, and fell in love! The simple combo of almond milk, vanilla, cocoa powder and frozen fruit. Now, I made this one with frozen blueberries because berries are in season and blueberries are really good for you, but I also love chocolate smoothies with a frozen banana. Frozen bananas add a perfect creamy texture.
I also added, protein powder to this smoothie. But if you’re not a fan just leave it out. For my husband and I, I like the protein powder cause it keeps us full longer, plus it has extra nutrients. I also use unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
Although, when I make this smoothie for my kids I’ll usually leave out the protein powder and use sweetened chocolate almond milk. It takes like a milk shake! And it’s the only way I can get my son to eat blueberries! I actually started swapping out the frozen banana in order to incorporate different fruits. My 5 year old is the pickiest fruit eater! It really takes some creative cooking to get him to eat a variety of fruit.
But that’s what I love about smoothies. They’re so simple to switch out flavors and offer so many beneficial ingredients. For example, I use cocoa powder not only cause it offers a delicious chocolaty flavor, but it’s full of antioxidants. Isn’t it great when delicious food is also good for you?! 🙂
A few years ago I started using nondairy milk. While I still use cows milk in cooking, I primarily use nondairy milk for everything else. I find nondairy milk is easier to digest. And, it’s tasty in oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, waffles, cereal, and smoothies, of course!
However, when I use dairy I only cook with full fat dairy products. I’ve discovered the reduced fat options have a higher sugar content in order to keep the products flavorful. Because when you remove the fat you’re also removing flavor, nutrients etc. I feel better if I can feed my family products with fewer ingredients ie sour cream only having cream as an ingredient. I’ve also discovered that if I eat full fat products I’m actually full longer. Fat keeps you full, unlike sugar that burns so quickly I’m hungry shortly after. Or I develop a terrible case of the, “I had too much coffee and sugar with no protein shakiness” and that’s just no fun!
So, when you’re making this Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie or your favorite smoothie, if nondairy milk isn’t your thing, feel free to swap out for whole cows milk. It’ll also be chocolaty and delicious!
Here are links to some of the products I love:
- If you like protein smoothies, my Berry Vanilla Protein Smoothie is a tasty vanilla option.
- These Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. So delicious and perfect for those avoiding dairy.
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