Wooo woooo, it’s Friday! It’s Friday! *Happy dance* Last night, I was on my way out the door to watch some Thursday night football and I needed something nutritious, protein and fiber filled – QUICK. Ain’t nobody got time to make a full dinner when they are running out the door wearing Zubaz pants and a Bills hat from 1982 (Thanks, Dad!). Oh, and chocolate was a requirement as well – sometimes a girl has just GOT to have some chocolate for dinner. I wanted a nice nutritious blanket of food for my vodka sodas to land on when I got to the bar 😉 . So, I basically walked around my kitchen and took a little bit of all of my favorite things and whipped them up in this SUPER RAD smoothie. PS, does anyone know when Rihanna is making new music?? I need some of that in my life, stat.
Chocolate-Pumpkin-Berry Smoothie with ZING!
- 1 frozen banana
- 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 dates
- 1 Tbsp flax seeds
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ginger (I didn’t have any fresh ginger but you can def use that if you have it!)
- Pinch of cardamom
- Chia seeds and cinnamon, as toppings
Add all ingredients into a blender (L’s tip: protein powder/spices blend better if they are mixed in with the fruit, try not to add them in first at the bottom). Blend until smooth. Sprinkle a bunch of chia seeds and cinnamon on top. If you’re feeling super adventurous and you love spicy food as much as I do, add one *tiny* shake of cayenne pepper to give it that extra pop (I know it sounds crazy but it is actually fantastic). Yum!
This smoothie was WICKED, and super filling. I have found the key to Smoothie Nirvana – just add spices. I’m glad I went out on a limb and started adding crazy things like cardamom and cayenne to my smoothies, they make it fresh, exciting and add such depth to the flavor. And hello – chocolate. Yes, yes, and yes! And it’s Friday! Hooray! Can anyone tell that I’m a little excited of the approaching weekend? 😛 😀
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did last night, and have a stellar weekend!!
PS: I am going to have one hell of a Rihanna dance party on my long run later – I can feeeeeel it in my bones! 😛