Think chocolate isn’t healthy? This Thick Chocolate Smoothie Recipe will be your motion for reconsideration.
While most weight-loss and healthy diet plans cut back a lot on sweets and sugary foods, it’s easy to think that chocolates are not healthy and should be avoided.
First of all, I don’t blame the creators of such meal plans because yeah, it’s a lot easier to generalize chocolates being on the unhealthy side. Not to mention that most people who are trying to lose weight are first-timers or beginners who just came from the habit of eating sugary foods like desserts, sodas, and whatnot. In fact, if you ask them what their favorite chocolates are, they’ll answer either chocolate cakes, milk chocolate, or white chocolate.
Second of all, I’m not a fan of a weight loss plan that restricts you from enjoying your favorite flavors. As the saying goes, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Ladies and gents, meet dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is the purest form of chocolate. It mostly contains cocoa solids which are measured in percentages – it’s the one you often see on dark chocolate labels. Along with that is a very small amount of cocoa butter, which y’all call and know as ‘white chocolate.’ Cocoa butter is also the one responsible for that buttery texture; so, the lesser the cocoa butter (which means a higher cocoa percentage), the lesser the mouthfeel. Moreover, milk is added to make milk chocolates for a creamier flavor and texture.
So, who’s responsible for the sweetness level of chocolates then?
Good question! Both white and milk chocolates that you see in the market call for added sugar which is why they’re fairly high in calories and sugar, thereby classifying them as ‘unhealthy’ and a contributor to weight gain or obesity.
But, that’s not the case for dark chocolates. It doesn’t have added sugar and milk which explains its purity and health benefits. It cuts cravings, decreases body fat, controls appetite, lessens stress, and reduces inflammation, which all contribute to a healthy weight loss diet.
What about the taste and texture?
Since dark chocolates don’t have added sugar, butter, or milk, it has a bitter taste and a chalky texture. But, don’t worry as this recipe deals with that excellently.
To make it weight loss friendly, bananas and almond milk are added to deal with the creaminess and buttery mouthfeel. Liquid Stevia drops is a zero-calorie alternative that deals with the sweetness level. Even better, chia seeds and spinach are added for a boost in nutrition and healthy fats.
Thus, the perfect and healthy blend of this Thick Chocolate Smoothie Recipe just made it possible for you to enjoy your favorite flavors without breaking your diet, and in fact, helping you lose weight.
Thick Chocolate Smoothie
- 1 banana preferably fresh-frozen
- 1 cup fresh spinach tightly packed
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 4 drops of Liquid Stevia Drops
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Process all the ingredients in a blender until the mixture is smooth and homogenous.
- Pour into a glass, serve, and enjoy!
- If the smoothie is too thick, add some almond milk to thin it out. Otherwise, you may thicken it up with some ice, especially when your fruits aren’t frozen.
- It’s good to know that you can always freeze fresh fruits right after you buy them. They’re convenient, and they work best on smoothies like this recipe. For fruits with thick and soft skin such as bananas, it’s best to peel them off prior to freezing so that you won’t have a hard time removing the skin when you’re about to use them.
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