As the weather gets warm, we want to reach for something cold. How about a chocolate shake? Most of us need to drop the ice cream from this indulgence and it isn't hard if you own a blender.
Snack Girl used to buy her blenders from Walgreens for $15 and then - she got married! Her friends, Rich and Patty, bought her a shiny new Cuisinart blender and it has lasted (along with my marriage) 7 years. I don't use it every day (maybe a few times a month), but it works great. I posted the link below.
How do you make a 116 calorie chocolate shake that still tastes yummy?
The key is unsweetened cocoa powder. We used it in the No Bake Brownie Balls and it gives this lovely bitter chocolately taste to the smoothie. It isn't super sweet. If you like it sweeter add more sugar, you will still be doing better than ice cream for the calories.
This recipe is for 2 servings so be careful. If you aren't sharing with a friend, then use less milk and more ice to keep it within range. I wouldn't worry about the calories too much because this smoothie has 2.5 grams of fiber, 16% of your DV of calcium, and 6% of your DV of iron.
Smoothies are a great idea for a snack. But, they should be savored. This is a sweet drink and (while healthy), your body doesn't register the calories in drinks as well as it does when you are chewing your food.
Studies have shown that your body will not calorie adjust (eat less) after drinking a sugary drink. That is one reason why the government believes we should be taxing Soda vs. chips and candy. Liquid calories are more dangerous to your waistline than solid food calories.
Give it a try and tell me what you think!
Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 ripe banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 ice cubes
Toss in blender and blend until smooth.
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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