Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

Every morning is filled with good intentions.  I always start the day out making relatively healthy choices.  Most days the choice is either oatmeal, grain cereal with almond or rice milk, or a one egg (sometimes just egg whites) spinach scramble topped with a bit of goat cheese.  Lately though, I've been trying to incorporate more protein and fiber as I start the day.  Enter ..... the smoothie.

It's always good to have a bag or two of frozen berries, cherries or bananas on hand.  In this case I went with frozen cherries and unsweetened cocoa for a tasty protein shake.  Now if only I could continue with those good intentions throughout the day!

Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

In a blender combine the following:

1 cup coconut milk (almond or rice milk can also be used)

1 scoop (1 heaping Tbsp) protein powder

1/2 cup of frozen pitted cherries

1 tsp unsweetened chocolate powder

1 tsp flax seeds or flax meal

1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Blend together and serve!   You can also make it thicker and frostier by crushing several (4-5) ice cubes in the blender before adding main ingredients.  Enjoy!

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