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Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

My smoothie kick continues!  I love to make a smoothie for breakfast and take in on the go.  This smoothie recipe tastes like dessert and it is also high in protein!  This recipe also tastes amazing with almond milk in place of coconut milk.  See below for tips in purchasing a protein powder or shake.

1 cup Coconut Milk

½ frozen banana

1 Tbsp almond butter

½ scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder (to equal about 10 grams of protein)

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

3 ice cubes

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

Protein powder tips:  Look for a protein powder with minimal added sugars.  I also like to stay away from erythritol as it upsets my stomach.  Look for stevia sweetened options, and organic options are best.  I recommend just buying 1-2 servings until you can find one you actually like the taste of.  In terms of nutrient breakdown, look for one that has 120-200 calories per serving and at least 20 grams of protein.  In this recipe, you will use 1/2 a serving.  Lastly, choose whey or pea protein powder.  Soy based protein drinks and bars are not recommended as the soy is so incredibly processed.

Nutrition Information:  Total Calories: 309, Total Fat: 17 g, Total Carb: 31 g, Dietary Fiber: 5.6 g, Protein: 15 g

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