Running low on time in the mornings? I highly recommend turning to smoothies as your go-to breakfast. You can pack a wide variety of nutrients in any number of smoothie recipes. Really, the variations are endless.
The Mocha Banana Smoothie is a soon-to-be favorite for you if you enjoy coffee drinks. It combines the thick, smooth and chocolatey taste of a shake with the energizing kick of a cup of coffee. In addition to packing great flavor, it has some serious nutrition benefits. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and even help your body shed that excess water we all tend to carry with us in the mornings. The chia seeds in this recipe have 11 grams of fiber and 9 grams of fat (Omega-3s) which is especially good for you if you’re experiencing muscle pain or joint stiffness after a tough workout. Cinnamon is surprisingly healthy, too–it lowers blood sugar and boosts heart health. Adding chocolate protein gives your body that added base for the day along with helping your muscles recover faster. Plus, it gives that mocha taste, which helps counteract the sometimes-bitter coffee taste.
1 whole banana (preferably frozen)
1/2 cup coffee (black)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 scoop chocolate protein
1 tbsp. chia seeds
Directions: Add the banana to the blender cup first, followed by the coffee and almond milk. Scoop in the chocolate protein, then sprinkle the cinnamon and chia seeds on top. Blend until smooth. If you use a fresh banana, you will want to add a few pieces of ice to the mix to make sure it’s thick and cold enough. Is your mixture too bitter for your taste? Experiment by adding honey or maple syrup!
Best of health,
Dr. Chad M. Hoffman