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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

This smoothie tastes like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but super healthy and loaded with unbelievable health benefits!! via Linda Wagner

By now you guys all know how much I LOVE my superfood smoothies!! They are nutritious, great for weight loss, super tasty, fast & easy to make, and absolutely DELICIOUS!!

Adding superfoods to your smoothies is a great way to get a BOOST in nutrition. I just went to California for a girls weekend where we indulged in lots of not-so-healthy foods and a ridiculous amount of cocktails…hey, it happens! Plus it was a blast so it’s totally worth it!! I don’t stress about falling off the wagon and not being perfect. Instead when I get back home, I just get right back on track and load up on greens and superfood smoothies! Today’s smoothie reminds me of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups which makes getting back on track so much easier! It has extra nutrition from superfoods like Cacao PowderCocoCepsChia Seeds, and Probiotics. Just take a look at all the amazing health benefits of each of these ingredients, it’s kind of unbelievable!

Cacao Powder contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Protein
  • Fiber

These nutrients found in raw chocolate have been linked to a number of health benefits:

  • Raw chocolate can lower blood pressure & improve circulation - Flavanols, theobromine, and other components found in cacao may lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength, and health of blood vessels
  • Raw chocolate can promote cardiovascular function & health - The antioxidant power of flavonoids and essential minerals and vitamins found in cacao can support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls.
  • Raw chocolate Can Neutralize free radicals - High levels of antioxidants protect the body from a buildup of free radicals from sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoking, etc., which may damage healthy body tissue giving rise to cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Raw Chocolate can improve digestion - A sufficient amount of fiber delivered with each serving of cacao supports digestion while cacao stimulates the body’s production of digestive enzymes.
  • Raw chocolate can enhance physical and mental well-being - There are many components of cacao including alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, that all work together to improve physical and mental health.  For example, theombromine helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles, and dilate blood vessels, giving the body a boost of energy;  “bliss” chemicals found in cacao help to increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in brain, improving mood and combating depression. (source)

 

Cococeps contains Micronized Reishi which is probably the most well-known tonic mushroom in the world. It is known in China by the name Ling Zhi, and revered throughout East Asia as the “Mushroom of Longevity.” Cococeps also contains Micronized Cordyceps, a potent tonic used for centuries in Tibetan and Chinese cultures to promote energy and longevity.

From Cordyceps: The best medicine in the worldCordyceps can:

  • Restore health during convalescence and treat deficiency syndrome caused by overstrain.
  • Strengthen the immune system to help the body resist and withstand attacks from virus and bacteria.
  • Prevent tumor activity.
  • Regulates sleep problems and improves sleep quality.
  • Improves blood circulation and regulates blood pressure.
  • Reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels, thus promoting cardiovascular heath.
  • Improve sexual function in men and also combats infertality in women.
  • Alleviates arrhythmias, thus protects the heart.
  • Resists allergy.
  • Increases vitality and stamina. It is especially useful in alleviating fatigue, enhancing physical endurance, and mental acuity.
  • Controls liver, lung and kidney dysfunction.
  • Resists respiratory problems.
  • Reduces pain
  • Neutralizes side effects caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
  • Protects against free radical damage and oxidative stress, thus slows down the effect of aging.

This smoothie tastes like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but super healthy and loaded with unbelievable health benefits!! via Linda Wagner

Chia Seeds are one of my favorite superfoods! Just look at all these health benefits:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids — specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
  • Fiber - Fiber is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, with a whopping 10 grams in only 2 tablespoons. That is one-third of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day.
  • Antioxidants - Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.
  • Minerals – Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the DRI for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.
  • Satiety - Satiety is the feeling of being full and satisfied, which helps lower food cravings between meals. The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids all contribute to their satiating effects.
  • Gluten-Free - Chia seeds contain no gluten or grains. Therefore, all of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds can be obtained on a gluten-free diet.
  • Easily absorbed – unlike flaxseeds, which are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and minerals, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order to obtain their nutrient benefits.
  • Cholesterol – A study published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” showed that chia seeds as a dietary fat source can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL or “good” cholesterol. The study also found that when substituting chia seeds for other fat sources, such as corn oil, the ALA was able to prevent high triglyceride levels and reduce central obesity.
  • Blood Sugar Regulation – Chia seeds can play an important role in regulating insulin levels. They can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood. (source)

Probiotics are essential for proper health and weight loss. They support:

  • Enhanced immune system response
  • Alleviates negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics
  • Calms colon irritation following surgery
  • Helps to support healthy skin in youth
  • Increased ability to digest food
  • Therapeutic for upper respiratory complaints
  • Reduces lactose intolerance
  • Reduces incidence of yeast infections, vaginitis and candidiasis
  • Increases ability to assimilate the nutrients from food
  • Alleviates many common digestive disorders such as constipationdiarrhea and IBS
  • Acts as a remedy for bad breath (halitosis)
  • Increases ability to synthesize vitamin B
  • Increases ability to absorb calcium

This is a great article from Harvard Medical School on the importance of probiotics in the diet.

 

This smoothie tastes like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but super healthy and loaded with unbelievable health benefits!! via Linda Wagner

Chocolate Peanut Butter Superfood Smoothie

Here is my most recent creation which literally tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup plus it’s loaded with unbelievable health benefits!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

You’ll need:

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Add more almond milk if needed. The CocoCepsChia Seeds, and Probiotics  are all optional but have amazing health benefits so if you have them or want to try them, I highly recommend adding them!

I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will give you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, I also like Hamilton Beach which makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

Where to get your superfoods: Most of you know that I purchase almost everything through iherb.com! They’ve got the best prices and fast shipping – they ship to over 180 countries, including APO addresses! Feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order of $20 or more + free shipping!!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Weight Loss Smoothie Recipe
 
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This smoothie is bursting with nutrition, great for weight loss, super tasty, fast & easy to make, and absolutely DELICIOUS!!
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Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbs Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbs Almond Butter
  • powder from 3 caps of Probiotics (simply twist open and empty powder)
  • 2 dropperfuls Vanilla Stevia to taste
Instructions
  1. Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Add more almond milk if needed.

 

Time Saver: When I go to the grocery store I always buy 3-4 bunches of bananas at a time. As they start to get spotty and brown I peel them FIRST, then put them in a plastic bag and into the freezer. This will allow you to always have bananas on hand and not have to constantly go to the grocery store or waste them when they go brown!

Smoothie Time Saver: When I go to the grocery store I always buy 3-4 bunches of bananas at a time. As they start to get spotty and brown I peel them FIRST, then put them in a plastic bag and into the freezer. This will allow you to always have bananas on hand and not have to constantly go to the grocery store or waste them when they go brown!

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10 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Weight Loss Smoothie Recipe”

  1. jenny September 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    YUM! Will be trying this out tonight! :)

  2. Autumn January 1, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    Do you have any suggestions for a banana substitute in smoothie recipes? I am allergic and it seems like so many smoothies call for them.
    Thank you for this fantstic site! I’ve just stumbled onto it and can’t tear myself away!

    • Linda January 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      You could use avocado or mango as a substitute! Enjoy!

  3. Kristy May 6, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Hello! Reeses Peanut Butter Cups are my all time favorite so I will definitely be trying this smoothie. Do you have the nutritional breakdown and calorie count for it? I’m using FitBit and My Fitness Pal and am trying to log my food. Thanks!

  4. Alexandra June 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Please give me your thoughts on using PB2 vs. almond butter

    • Linda June 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi alexandra, I like to use whole foods as much as possible. You could use PB2 if you like, but I personally prefer almond butter :)

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