I don’t know about you, but there is nothing better than a frozen smoothie on a hot summer day. Smoothies have been a staple this summer for me, but I must say, my smoothies are looking a lot different from summers past. Growing up, I resorted to huge berry smoothies for a nice snack. I had my recipe down to a t. One cup mixed berries, one frozen banana, one cup of Yoplait yogurt, and one cup of OJ as my liquid. Blend that bad boy up in my super awesome magic bullet and I was set. Looking back, I realize how much sugar I could pack into that smoothie. My mixed berry smoothie has the same amount of sugar as almost two cans of coke. Granted, most of those sugars are from whole food sources, but still, that’s a lot of sugar for a snack!
Recently, I have been playing with recipes that are less sugary and more nutrient dense, covering all my bases when it comes to carbs, protein, and fat. My smoothies usually include more veggies than fruit these days, but they are just as yummy! My new favorite veggie combo for smoothies is steamed zucchini and frozen cauliflower rice. Once I get a good blend on it (using a 2 dollar blender, mind you), the zucch/cauli combo makes for a super smooth and creamy smoothie!
Why steamed? Your stomach is able to breakdown steamed veggies much better than raw veggies, so taking this extra step can prevent bloat!
My Chocolate and Nut Butter smoothie is so yummy and filling! The zucchini and cauliflower rice make a great base, while packing in a ton on nutrition! It would be a great breakfast smoothie or a healthy dessert. The rich chocolate and nut butter combo tricks your mind into thinking that this is a treat, but this smoothie is super nutritious!
If you want to make a meal, add a protein powder! I added a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which is a great addition to any smoothie. For more information about collagen peptides, read more here.
In this recipe, I used my homemade mixed nut butter, but any nut butter would work perfectly!
Depending on how you like your smoothies, you can add no dates, one date, or two dates if you want it extra sweet. One date was sweet enough for me!
It’s always good to add something crunchy on top of your smoothie because chewing and munching on something sends a signal to your digestive system to start getting to work. If it’s not ready, you might not absorb as many nutrients. I added some roasted cacao nibs, and sprinkled some coconut flakes on top for some extra fiber. You could add granola, fruit, whatever floats your boat honestly!
As always, I would love to hear what you think about this recipe!
Chocolate and Nut Butter Smoothie
This smoothie is perfect for a sweet treat but also serves as a nutritious meal!
- 1 cup riced frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 cup frozen steamed zucchini
- 1 cup coconut milk or other milk
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides or your favorite protien
- 1 date
Put all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Add some of your favorite crunchy things on top, take a pic, and share it with me! @youngwholeandhungry