09.13.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie… My New Favorite Afternoon Snack

My afternoon snack, the one between lunch and dinner, is always my favorite. Always has been. So, I put a lot of thought into what I want to have. If I’m out and about, I typically opt for a snack bar (LARABar or Rx Bar), but when I’m at home, I like to get a little creative. Whether it’s making some guac with sliced veggies, or whipping up a smoothie, I make sure it’s filling and DG (I mean, it’s typically one of the only meals I get to consume alone). That being said, a few weeks ago, I began trying out chocolate protein smoothies. I’d been making this berry one for a few weeks, and decided I wanted to switch things up a bit….

What I came up with is pretty much my dream afternoon snack… it’s sweet, filling, and something I can savor every last sip of (so, it’s not so small that it’s gone in a bite… I hate snacks like that). It keeps me full up until dinner, and TJ even likes to whip it up for a post dinner dessert topped with a little chocolate granola (that little touch is pretty divine). So, whether you’re looking for an afternoon snack or post dinner treat, I got you covered today.

A little bit of “wellness” to mention. I’ve started adding Maca Powder to my smoothies. It has tons of benefits, including balancing out estrogen levels (which ultimately helps with PMS, Menopause, and PCOS), can help to increase positive mood and decrease anxiety, can assist men in the fertility department, is an antioxidant booster, and has been shown to have positive effects on stamina, mood, and energy levels. You can read more about it here.

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen banana (I prefer mine in slices, since it blends better)
1 cup frozen riced cauliflower (adds thickness without altering flavor)
1 cup nut milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (gentle on my stomach)
1 tsp Maca Powder
dash of cinnamon
1 cup of ice
(optional, cup of greens or 1 tsp and/or almond butter)

Toss all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until thick and creamy.
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