Pour it up, pour it up: Chocolate-Pumpkin-Berry Smoothie with ZING

PicFrameWooo 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 πŸ˜‰ . 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.Β 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? πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did last night, and have a stellar weekend!!

xoxox

L ❀

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! πŸ˜›

17 thoughts on “Pour it up, pour it up: Chocolate-Pumpkin-Berry Smoothie with ZING

  1. I’m going to have to get some dark cocoa (I’ve been trying to find cacao powder but can’t seem to anywhere…that would also be bomb) to add to some of my smoothies as well….good thinking!

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    • Ooooh, the Bills are so pathetic, it’s depressing! It’s nice that a Western New York faction exists in Boston and I’m able to at least watch with my fellow Billievers. The Patriots fans I work with (I’m surrounded on all sides!) give me the hardest time ever. But, thank you! The smoothie is definitely a winner, even if the Bills aren’t πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

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