Smoothie weather has finally returned to the Northeast. Even though I’m usually an oatmeal devotee when it comes to breakfast, in the warmer months, I certainly appreciate a smoothie in the morning. It’s especially refreshing after a sweaty morning workout. Way to sound like a healthy living/nutritionist cliche, I know, but cliched for a reason—it’s delicious and satisfying.

To make my smoothies filling enough to get me from breakfast to lunch, I make sure to incorporate some protein and make sure I have some high-fiber greens in there plus a little fruit. Healthy Skoop is a plant-based protein powder that helps turn your smoothie into a balanced meal. I recently had a chance to sample their chocolate flavor and loved it.

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I love that this is nut-free and uses hemp protein, brown rice protein, and pea protein. The texture is smooth and fluffy and not in the least bit gritty. It’s also packed with food-based ingredients to provide balanced mix of vitamins and minerals.

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An added bonus: the company’s involvement Project Produce. 3% of profits are donated to efforts to bring fresh fruits and veggies to schools. Love that.

It happens to taste fabulous as well. You can shake it up with water and enjoy as a simple 150-calorie snack (which also boasts 20 grams protein and 7 grams fiber), but I had a great time playing around with smoothie recipes. This chocolate-berry concoction cooled me down and got me going on a soupy morning when I had a mile-long to-do list.

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Choco-Berry Smoothie

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unflavored coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (optional but delicious)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 2 scoops Healthy Skoop chocolate protein powder (or other chocolate protein powder of choice)
  • 1/3 of a frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup baby spinach spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup ice

Directions: 

  1. Layer ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy. Garnish with chia seeds if desired.

Are you a smoothie fan? What’s your favorite combo? 

Disclosure:  I’m partnering with Stonyfield as a member of their Clean Plate Club. I received this product for review, all opinions are my own. 

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