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fruit-sweetened dark cocoa smoothie

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 28, 2019  |  1 Comment
One of my favorite things to enjoy after a long power walk is a smoothie. And when it comes to whirled up beverages, there’s no better flavor in my book than chocolate … the darker the better! So, meet my dark chocolatey smoothie. You only need three ingredients to make it—fat-free milk (preferably organic), unsweetened cocoa powder and, for sweetness, California prunes. Yep, you read that right … prunes! In the culinary sense, these dried fruits (dried plums, to be precise) enhance chocolatiness. They provide sweetness in a no-sugar-added manner. Plus, they’re beneficial for gut and bone health! In other words, that’s a win-win-win-win!
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almond & chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 2, 2018  |  0 Comments
What’s one of my favorite things to enjoy post-workout or after a long, long, long sweaty walk in the summer? This nutty, chocolatey, fruity smoothie! It quenches my thirst, satisfies the desire for something tasty, and provides key nutrients to replenish my body. You can also play with the smoothie recipe and make it your own by adding in some extras, like a few spinach or mint leaves. Or, if you’re in a desserty mood, go for extra-dark chocolatiness by adding in more cocoa powder.   Either way, it’s got good numbers! This recipe provides 33 gram of carbs (with no added sugars!) to replenish glycogen in the muscles and 14 grams of protein to make those muscles happy. It’s...
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fair trade cocoa shake

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 13, 2012  |  1 Comment
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 1 serving: 1 cup each I’m firmly in support of food enjoyment. And that means sometimes you just gotta have dessert! So here’s a shake to make when in need of a chocolate fix (or a chocolate-mint fix!)—any time of the year. It seems super decadent, but it’s actually about half the calories of a traditional shake … and 100% tasty. When whirling it up, be patient with it rather than adding more milk for the thickest, richest-tasting result. It’s a real treat. Kids will love it, too! Calories Saved: 220
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