Welcome to another New Recipe Tuesday! This week I wanted to bring something super healthy and full of nutrition. I know most of you guys have resolutions revolving around eating healthier, detoxing and getting in shape. Therefore, I wanted this week’s recipe to be something that can help you on this journey. I strongly believe that as long as you’re providing your body with real and nourishing foods, it will repay you by giving you full energy, beautiful skin, and strength.
My favorite way to start my day is with a green smoothie. With the weather being so cold I do tend to opt for a more warm breakfast like oatmeal or breakfast quinoa instead. However, I still have a smoothie later on for a snack. I just don’t feel as energized when I don’t have my daily green smoothie. My daughter loves drinking smoothies too. My favorite part about giving her green smoothies is that I know she is starting her day with a meal full of essential vitamins and minerals she needs. If she gives me trouble with the rest of her meals during the rest of the day, I can have some peace of mind that she had a pretty substantial breakfast.
I am really excited to share this recipe with you guys because technically it is my first smoothie recipe ever! When I make smoothies I don’t really measure anything. I eye all of my ingredients and pretty much just mix my favorite fruits and vegetables, blend them with any dairy-free milk, chia seeds, and my favorite spices like ground cinnamon and turmeric. I always make enough for my daughter, husband and myself. Never have really stopped to make a recipe out of my smoothies.
This particular smoothie is one that I started making for my daughter when we were sick for that long period of time at the end of last year. Both her and I had very little appetite and I just had no energy to cook. We were relying on soups and smoothies. I wanted to make a smoothie that contained more protein and greens to help us get some energy and feel better. My daughter loves peanut butter and chocolate so I decided to use these to give the smoothie a flavor she liked and wouldn’t deny. I also wanted to make sure it contained a fruit and I love how well banana goes with chocolate and peanut butter.
When it comes to adding chocolate to my recipes I always use cacao powder. If you’re not familiar with cacao powder it is not the same as cocoa powder. Contrary to cocoa powder, cacao powder is not over processed and rather it is a very healthy super food. Cacao powder is a high source of antioxidants and rich in magnesium. It is actually said that it contains the highest source of magnesium of all foods.
So even though this smoothie may sound and taste like a treat, it is actually a very nutritious and beneficial meal or snack. Also, it is actually very filling. The banana and peanut butter make it a pretty substantial breakfast that will keep you full for a while. It really helped Emma and I out while we were sick. It was very tasty to enjoy especially at a time when we felt like we couldn’t enjoy many foods.
If you’re looking for healthy breakfast recipes, green smoothies, healthier foods/meals, definitely add this one to your list. This smoothie will keep you energized and ready to take on the day and tackle all of those New Year’s goals and resolutions. This smoothie has become by go to smoothie. Especially when I get home from the gym. It makes me feel good and my daughter looks forward to it everyday. She asks for her chocolate smoothie almost everyday. This is the perfect green smoothie to get back to healthy and for any chocolate and peanut butter lover.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
- 16 oz almond milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2-3 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp honey
Add all ingridients into a blender.
Blend until all ingredients' are well blended and smooth consistency is reached.
Serve in a handle mason jar or tall glass with a straw.