Strawberry Chocolate (healthy!) Soft Serve Smoothie

Anyone who says strawberries and chocolate aren’t amazing is crazy.  Anyone who says strawberries and chocolate in the form of ice cream isn’t delicious, satisfying, dreamy creamy, and can just leave now.

I am the first to say that everyone is entitled to their opinions and preferences, so at okay if maybe this isn’t your jam. I just am also the first to say that chocolate has been the love of my life (sorry boys, the bar is set pretty high because of it…) and that chocolate ice milkshakes is the reason I denied my body’s negative response to dairy for over a year.  And this smoothie is the reason I can live without the dairy…

This is smooth and thick and sweet and decadent and sexy (okay maybe Ithats taking it too far…) and fit for literally any meal of the day.  The first time I made this recipe, I made it twice in a day because that is literally all I wanted to eat.  So if smoothies are your thing, definitely try this one out.

This is hearsay recipe that is going to fill you up with sustained energy throughout the day!! It is cold, thick, chocolates, sweet…all the things you’d look for in soft serve.


STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE SOFT SERVE SMOOTHIE 
serves 1 bowl or 2 cups 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond milk (no more!!)
3 Tbs chia seeds
1 large handful spring mix
1 Tbsp cacao
1-2 Tbsp almond butter
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup ice

Method
Toss all ingredients in a high speed blender. Use a tamper to get all ingredients blended! If no tamper SAFELY use a wooden spoon, making sure to keep it out of the range of the blades. Top with any favorite toppings (shredded coconut, bee pollen, nut butter, cacao, berries, etc.) Serve immediately and spoon with a smile :)

Chocolate Ice Cream…for breakfast??!

I woke up this fine April fool’s morning wanting chocolate. Conveniently, I used up my kale reserves in dinner last night, so no leafy greens for a smoothie.  Which made me think, why not make a dessert-worthy smoothie and eat “chocolate ice cream” (or as close to it as I can make it) to celebrate the day? And guys, this was amazing.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is for you! It’s light, fluffy, creamy, nutritious, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet.  I am so tempted to just go back in the kitchen and make round 2!!

Chocolate “Ice Cream” Smoothie (V, P, GF)
Serves 1 lighter serving

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp cacao
2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional, but kicks up the protein!)
Almond Milk as needed (no more than 1/4 to 1/3 cup)

Method
Add all ingredients to the blender, adding just enough almond milk to make it blend easily, but making sure to keep the thick consistency.

ENJOY! :D

Return of the Chavonana Smoothie!

It is officially spring! Hallelujah! But besides great weather, do you know what this means? I start craving something other than hot oatmeal for breakfast….namely my favorite green smoothie of all time: The Chavonana.   This is what I am calling the combination of chocolate (in the form of cacao), banana, and avocado.  It sets up the best light, creamy, chocolatey, thick, milkshake texture that I find extremely satisfying in the morning.  Since I have a kitchen now, it is much easier for me to do smoothies at school (this one is number 2, however…) because the clean up effort is so much less.  I normally use spinach, but I only had kale today, so that is what I used! Anyway, I was so excited about this smoothie that I just had to share it with you all!  So without further adieu, here is my celebration to the beginning of spring!

IMG_9578

The Chavonana–Kale/Hemp Editoin
vegan, gluten-free, soy-free
serves 1 small portion

Ingredients
1-2 leaves curly kale
3/4 cup- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 ripe avocado
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 Tbsp cacao powder

Method
Blend up the avocado, banana, cacao, and most of the milk first until creamy.  Add the hemp seeds, then the rest of the kale and almond milk to taste.  Include more almond milk if you desire a thinner texture, and enjoy!

Notes:
I only used half a banana and avocado, but as long as you keep the proportion 1:1, you will be on the right track.  I recommend putting in the kale a little at a time as it tends to become overpowering very quickly, and different people have different tastes for it.  You can definitely try adding different leaves if you would like as well–spinach works wonderfully if you have it.  Garnish with seeds, nuts, or favorite super foods.  I chose some hemp seeds for some crunch!

IMG_9581

I hope you have a wonderful start to spring and are getting inspired and energized to work on new projects.  I know I am!

Love,
Lucy