Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

During my college days, I dabbled in skipping breakfast, but the result was always the same. I would feel lethargic and less focused. Not eating breakfast made me turn to chugging coffee or some other caffeinated drink. Over the past six months, I’ve tried to cut back on my caffeine intake. Every now and again, I’ll have an espresso or matcha tea, but overall, I’ve found that I don’t get the high and dry headaches caffeine addiction can cause.

Without the crutch of caffeine, I rely on a nutrient-packed breakfast to help get my day going and jump-start my brain.  While I’m a fan of muffins, fruit, and oatmeal, my go-to breakfast almost always ends up being a smoothie. Why? It’s mostly because smoothies are so easy, plus it’s a good way to use up what you have in the refrigerator. When I create a smoothie, I follow the following general formula:

Smoothie Formula

Once you find the flavor complex you like, it’s easy to play around and find new mix-ins. It also helps to have a NutriBullet or other high powered blender. It’s always annoying to find a chunk of unblended fruit in your smoothie!

To date – my favorite smoothie is my cocoa smoothie. It’s rich, hydrating, and not heavy. Some smoothies sit in your stomach like lead and make you feel uncomfortable all morning. This smoothie is light yet extremely filling.

Cocoa Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chunks frozen banana
  • 3 large ice cubes
  • 1 large handfull of spinach
  • 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh strawberries or raspberries (or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 1/3 cup black beans (rinsed)
  • 2-3 tablespoons oats (optional)

Blend it all up, and your breakfast is done. The combination of sweet fruit, satisfying cocoa powder, and protein-packed black beans will leave you full and ready to start your morning. Plus, you’ll be less likely to reach for a sugar-laden breakfast treat at work if you’ve already had a chocolate fix.

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