Healthy Chocolate Smoothie


I love dessert, and I love feeding people dessert almost as much (or maybe even more) than I like eating it myself.  But some days,  I have a major guilt trip.  Today is one of those days.  I know sugar is terrible for your health.  I shouldn’t eat so much of it, and sometimes I feel guilty that I feed my loved ones baked goods so often.

I generally think I’m a pretty health-conscious person,  but then I turn around and make things like this:

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I know dessert makes me happy, but I also know I shouldn’t be eating it all the time so I give it away.  So pretty much I’m a jerk, a jerk that pawns off things that are too unhealthy for her to eat onto other people.  And when jerks feel guilty, they turn to fruits and vegetables.

I swear this has nothing to do with the fact that I’m about 293048292 years late to the party and finally watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and this article I read in National Geographic about Sugar.  That documentary didn’t convince me that I need to start juicing, but it did remind me that fruits and vegetables are always a good idea. The sugar article just reinforced my original idea that I need to eat less sugar. I’m not a nutritionist, but it seems like juices are lacking fiber and all the healthy things you get from the skins of fruits and vegetables. No? So instead of juice, I’m sticking to smoothies and less sugar.

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I’ve been having green smoothies for years.  My normal go-to combination was strawberry, banana, spinach.  But I decided to try a new combo to help me get past my enormous cravings for big handfuls of chocolate chips in the evenings.  It’s a bad habit.  So let’s replace it with something better:

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Healthy Chocolate-y Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks (I eye ball it)
1-2 cup frozen spinach (I really just grab a huge handful and shove it in the blender)
1 date, pitted
1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or more if you want it more chocolate-y)
1 cup ice
1/2-1 cup water or almond milk (this might vary)

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.  In my Vitamix, I don’t need that much water and I can get it to be pretty thick.

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I actually eat it with a spoon!  Note: This makes one large smoothie for one person.

The key here is really the cocoa powder.

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You get the chocolate-y flavor without all the sugar.  The sweetness here comes from fruit, particularly the date.

It’s not like eating a Wendy’s frosty. Let’s be clear.  It’s not.  But it’s pretty darn tasty and it definitely helps me get my chocolate fix in a much healthier way.

So what do you think?  Is it bad to feed your friends and family unhealthy foods?  Should I (or you) feel guilty about it?

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9 responses to “Healthy Chocolate Smoothie”

  1. Emily W says :

    That looks very similar to my recent go-to combination. When I started adding cinnamon, it took it to a whole other level.

  2. allie@sweetpotatobites says :

    interesting combo- i like it! thinking i will swap kale for spinach since i’m allergic.

  3. whiteweights says :

    I also bake crazy sweet stuff and give it away! Recently I wanted a chocolate chip cookie, so I baked a batch…and then only ate one and gave the rest away. I think I’ll start making green smoothies too, so far I’ve only made fruity smoothies, especially berries. Thanks for the post!

  4. The Smart Cookie Cook says :

    Hahaha, you sound just like me! I do the same thing. That’s what happens when you’re a food blogger but don’t want to eat yourself into an early grave. The smoothie sounds fantastic though. A healthy treat!

  5. Lianne says :

    Healthier desserts…have you checked out paleo and raw vegan desserts usally sweetened with fruit or stevia? Theres a new world out there for you to explore… Wonderful work, you are amazingly talented, i love your down to earthness.bless

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