Are you craving something sweet yet want to raise your protein intake? Imagine sipping on a luscious smoothie that tastes like dessert but is chock-full of protein and good-for-you ingredients. If the idea of a chocolate-covered cherry or chocolate-covered strawberry in the form of a smoothie piques your interest, then I’ve got the recipe you’ve been waiting for. It’s a perfect post workout shake for Valentine’s Day! This smoothie brims with rich chocolate flavors and the natural sweetness of cherries, all blended into a high-protein potion that’s perfect for a post-workout boost or a delightful morning kickstart.
Let’s dive straight into the steps so you can whip up this tasty treat in no time.
Ingredients for Your Chocolate Cherry Strawberry Smoothie
Before we get started, make sure you have these ingredients on hand:
- 1/2 cup of frozen cherries
- 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 serving of chocolate protein powder code ALEX20
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 serving of PB2 or nut butter of choice
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- Optional 1/2 or full frozen banana
- Cacao Nibs for topping
Crafting Your Protein-Rich Creation
Step 1: Cherry Preparation
The key to a creamy smoothie is using frozen fruit. It eliminates the need for added ice and gives the smoothie a thick texture. Tip: freeze your fresh fruit before it goes bad so you always have it on hand!
Step 2: Add it all together
Pour in 8oz of almond milk into your blender. Add in frozen fruit, nut butter and protein powder.
Step 3: Blending Brilliance
Blend the mixture on high speed until everything is thoroughly combined and the texture is silky smooth. Check the consistency and add more almond milk or ice to reach your preferred thickness.
And top with cacao nibs for that chocolate crunch!
The Health Benefits You Can’t Resist
This chocolate cherry protein smoothie isn’t just a flavor-bomb; it’s also loaded with health benefits. Cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They’re also known to promote better sleep, which makes this smoothie a perfect choice for an evening snack. I’m currently trying to add in a few cherries or tart cherry juice daily to help with my acne prone skin.
The protein powder provides a hefty dose of muscle-bolstering nutrients, essential for post-exercise recovery. Cocoa powder, in addition to adding that rich chocolate taste, contains flavonoids linked to heart health.
Unsweetened almond milk keeps the calories low, and peanut butter contributes to your protein and fat intake.
Sip and Savor
The satisfaction of sipping on a dessert-like smoothie that’s actually wholesome and protein-packed is hard to beat. Give your taste buds something to dance about and your body something to thank you for.
It’s time for you to blend your own chocolate covered cherry strawberry protein smoothie. Enjoy the process and most importantly, enjoy the sumptuous results.
Give it a try and let your senses be delighted by this sweet yet healthy concoction. You may just find that it’s your new favorite way to indulge without a smidgeon of guilt. Cheers to your health and happiness!
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Cacao Powder: Organic Cacao Powder gives your baked goods and smoothie that decadant rich taste!
Cacao Nibs: They taste like a bitter crunchy chocolate chip in the best way. It really balances out the sweet creamy taste of the shake.