Day 8: Chocolate = Love

day_8_chocolateI LOVE CHOCOLATE! It’s definitely my biggest weakness.

To show my appreciation for chocolate, I had to make a chocolate green smoothie! All the chocolate in this smoothie is natural, healthy, and has lots of great nutrients for you!

Unfortunately, the chocolate you find today contains high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils which are trans fats and will make you fat! Just take a look at the ingredients in a bag of assorted Ghirardelli chocolates. It’s scary to think I used to eat those all the time.

Now I read the ingredients of any chocolate I buy to make sure there’s no added-sugar or hydrogenated oils. I only buy dark chocolate and most of the time only baking chocolate so I can use it to make yummy treats. Then I can add in my own natural sugars like xylitol or stevia. WARNING – if you eat dark baking chocolate by itself it will taste very bitter!

Here’s my delicious recipe from Day 8!

Chocolate Green Smoothie

  • Spinach
  • Sprinkle of Cocoa Nibs
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 spoonful Cocoa Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 drop Chocolate Stevia
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein
  • 2 spoonfuls full-fat Coconut Milk (refrigerate coconut milk for at least 2 days so it thickens and scoop out only the coconut milk fat a.k.a “cream” )
  • Drop of mint extract

chocolate_smoothie_day_8I didn’t list coconut oil here since my cocoa almond butter contained coconut oil in it. If you don’t have cocoa almond butter you can use regular almond butter, add a little more cocoa powder and definitely make sure to add my secret ingredient, coconut oil! 

You can also buy the cocoa almond butter here from this great company, IngrEATients. They make amazing nut butters that are natural! I bought a few of them over Christmas and love them. I customized my almond butter to add cocoa in it. Delicious.

By adding the mint and vanilla extract it helps add a nice refreshing kick.