Eat Better - a Smoothie Surprise. Cocoa-loco Smoothie.

Even Rich would like this smoothie - the Passionate Foodie is not so passionate about veggies. Yesterday I told you about the benefits of eating flax. Here's a delicious and fun way to incorporate flax in a smoothie that is not only delicious but really good for you. It is an antioxidant powerhouse, and a good reason to keep frozen blueberries on hand, as well as baby spinach. Yes, it has spinach!

Baby Spinach

 

 Cocoa-loco smoothie

Modified only slightly from the Eat Right America Chocolate Smoothie. I call it "cocoa-loco" because it's crazy-rich with antioxidants, and it's surprisingly not "green" tasting while providing benefits of spinach nutritionally.

This an excellent way to start your day, especially on those days when you have little time to "make" breakfast. Pour it into a go-cup and you're off. No regrets from eating a fat-laden fast food sandwich.

Smoothie mise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Spinach
  • Blueberries
  • Soy milk
  • Banana
  • Dates
  • Cocoa
  • Flax

 

Directions:

  1. Take a big handful of baby spinach leaves - the tender early growth of spinach is sold under the local Olivia's brand at Whole Foods. (Olivia's is a local packager not grower, and they have a good reputation and commitment to local non-profits.)
  2. Put spinach in a blender. Add 1 1/2 - 2 C of frozen blueberries. (blueberries are very high in antioxidants, Manganese, good source of fiber)
  3. Add 1/2 C soy milk (I like Eden brand, I think coconut or almond would work well here, too.)
  4. Slice up one small banana into blender. (Tip: I keep a banana or two in the freezer, just toss it in, peel and all. As it thaws, in just minutes, the skin will slice off easily and the frozen banana is great for rich, luscious smoothies.)
  5. Add 2- 4 dates, depending on type and size and your desired sweetness (good source of fiber)
  6. 2 TBSP cocoa powder
  7. 1 TBSP ground flax seeds

Blueberries

 

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