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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

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Last night, I had a very strong craving for ice cream… with none in sight.  I wasn’t going to go to the store (and I had neglected to work out all day), but I couldn’t get over the craving.  So I took action instead and created a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie.  I blended up some chia seeds (my new friends) in skim milk on a high setting in my fabulous new Vitamix until the seeds were undetectable.  Why chia seeds?  Well, they are very high in omega-3s, which I have only recently been consuming regularly in things like salmon.  They also have a high dose of soluble fiber, which keeps you full longer, as well as a healthy dose of potassium, protein, calcium, and iron.  I don’t add a ton like some people do in order to keep the texture smooth and prevent piling in undectected calories (they do have about 180 calories in 1/4 cup).  Using milk as a base increased the protein and calcium content as well as being reminiscent of the ice cream I so badly wanted.

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Next, I found some strawberries in the freezer and threw those in.  That wasn’t quite desserty enough for me, so I also added a bit of cocoa powder and a splash of decaf iced coffee along with 3 ice cubes to make the mixture thick and icy like, well, ice cream.

It was a little bitter from the cocoa, so I added a drizzle of maple syrup… BUT I really think topping this with whipped cream or eating as a smoothie bowl with more fruit, granola, or a drizzle of chocolate syrup would have been perfect.  Unfortunately, I had none of those things, so I stuck with a regular smoothie format.  It was a perfect craving-quencher that left me feeling satisfied and not-at-all guilty.

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It’d be a perfect Valentine’s breakfast, too!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp decaf iced coffee (optional)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 3 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Blend the milk and chia seeds on high until homogenized.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth, starting low and increasingly slowly.
  3. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, fruit, nuts, etc. as desired.
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