Want a satisfying treat that can fill you up without maxing out your daily caloric intake? This guilt-free smoothie is guaranteed to hit the spot. Just blend the following ingredients, pour into a glass, and enjoy the creamy chocolatey goodness…
Skinny Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe:
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 small banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup ice
The sweetness of the banana offsets the bitterness of the cocoa powder, and the creaminess of the almond milk all whipped up makes the drink as enjoyable as any ordinary dairy-infused drink. For 1/3 the calories of a typical smoothie, and no added preservatives, this chocolate smoothie makes a perfect trade in for a snack that is worth having any hour of the day.
Check out more Healthy Smoothie Recipes here in my Smoothie Column
I input the ingredients to Livestrong’s calorie tracker so you can see how they add up:
Don’t let the humble green deceive you. This kale smoothie is packed with a punch!
Start with your typical kale smoothie ingredients:
- Raw Kale, torn off stem
- Coconut Milk or Almond Milk, unsweetened
And then add your secret metabolism boosters. Hint: SPICE RACK!
- ground Cinnamon
- ground Cayenne Pepper
- fresh Ginger
Don’t be shy. Add a tablespoon of the Cinnamon, and several more dashes of the cayenne and a a few thin slices of ginger (ground ginger works too).
Pour into a glass, sip, and wait for the kick!
You are now fueled for a kick ass day.
The cinnamon and other intense spices boost your metabolism, find out why here. Go ahead and experiment with other spices in your cupboard too … you might find the cumin and curry are not just for Asian dishes! Try it and see. There’s a world of flavor out there. If you’re anything like me then you will soon find it hard to live a life without spice!
More kale, more healthy satisfaction!
This recipe makes two cups at approximately 187.5 calories per serving. Like my other smoothies, you could drink the whole all of it for a total of 375 calories to kick start your day, or divide the smoothie into two and share it as a snack.
What you need
- 1 ripe nectarine
- 1 ripe peach
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup kale (I use 3 stalks)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 5 almonds, cut lengthwise
Blend and enjoy! Keep pulsing until the fruit and kale is small enough to blend smoothly, it should take about 2 minutes.
I cut up the almonds and placed them in a star on top of the drink as decoration. Almonds are a strong nut packed with power, a hearty decor for the healthy drink of choice!
Nutrition facts retrieved from MyPlate at livestrong.com
Enjoy and stay in touch for more healthy recipe ideas!
This is one of many posts where I guarantee reference to Pink Rabbits. For any The National fans out there, don’t be too hopeful, this is just a smoothie recipe, but add some liquor and we can toast to the real Pink Rabbits later.
For every one else, just know Pink Rabbits is a song from the much anticipated and very excellent 6th album by The National. My favorite band, give them a listen, they will be your favorite band too one day.
What you need
- Pineapple, 3 rings
- 1 Banana
- Strawberries, a handful (approx 1 cup)
- 6 oz Coconut Milk
Pile them into the blender, pulse, blend.
Observe the lovely pink color and sweet aroma. Now top with pineapple stalks, two each for rabbit ears. Sit in a fainting chair, enjoy. (or add tequila – get buzzed, Matt Berninger style)
For more of my healthy and nutritious smoothies, try the recipes listed below
And for more about The National… keep coming back! 😉
- Kale Banana Nectarine Smoothie, with Love
- Pineapple Kale Smoothie
- Who What Wear – With The National| Los Angeles