There are only a few mornings that I’m willing to get out of bed immediately; sadly one of the most motivating reasons to get me out of bed immediately is when I realize that we still have leftover cookies or treats. During those mornings I race down the stairs half asleep and proceed to devour them all. This story is fresh in my mind because this morning we had a plate of extra cookies from a wedding we attended, and now as I write this, that plate (now empty) still sits next to me.
I love sugar and I always have. It wakes me up and it gives me energy. Even though people often talk about sugar crashes, for some reason I don’t experience them. That means I can’t even use the threat of a sugar crash to not eat tons of it!
This recipe has the taste of a chocolate milkshake, but is actually nutritious. This is why I love this it so much. To start, it has bananas in it. The bananas give you a boost of energy from the natural sugars; they are balanced out with chia seeds, avocado (can substitute MCT oil for avocado), and spinach (you really can’t even taste it). The added ingredients are not only healthy, but they help balance your blood sugar to keep you full longer. I promise it works!
My biggest problem with smoothies used to be that it wasn’t actually a meal replacement; I would get hungry again in an hour! What kind of “meal” only fills you up for an hour? This caused me to lose motivation to make smoothies since they didn’t actually fill me up.
Long story short, I have finally perfected my morning smoothie (now I even make this in the evening to help alleviate more sugar cravings).
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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Banana (frozen) Needs to be ripe (if you don’t care if your smoothie is thick and cold, then an unfrozen banana works)
- 1-2 tablespoons of all natural Peanut Butter/Almond Butter (I usually do 2, but that’s just my preference)
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- Handful of fresh spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 of ripe avocado (if it isn’t ripe, it will taste weird) (can also substitute MCT oil)
- Optional – 1/4 cup steel cut oats (if I am going to follow breakfast with a heavy workout, then I usually add some oats to it for more calories)
Let me know if you try this smoothie how you like it?!