We love to start our summer mornings with this delicious, refreshing and energizing pre-workout Cocoa Burst Smoothie. It’s just the boost we need to help kick us into action in the heat because it’s a cool burst of bananas, cinnamon and CocoaVia®, cocoa extract supplement–to rev our workout. It’s hydrating and the banana provides energy-revving carbohydrates and potassium to aid in fluid balance and for preventing cramps; the protein in the Greek yogurt helps to stabilize blood sugar and give it staying power and the CocoaVia® supplement provides cocoa flavanols that help deliver oxygen and nutrients to our hearts. Cocoa flavanols work to maintain nitric oxide, a molecule naturally produced in the body that supports the flow of blood from head to toe. Not only do our hearts rely on a healthy circulatory system, but exercise performance can be optimized when our blood is flowing properly. Oh yeah! Running shoes on…Central Park here we come! 🙂
Cocoa Burst Smoothie
Makes 1 Serving
2 ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 frozen over ripe banana
1 unsweetened Dark Chocolate Mix CocoaVia®
6 ounce container nonfat Strawberry Greek yogurt
1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or ½ cup and ½ cup water)
Stevia, to taste, optional
2-3 frozen pineapple tidbits, optional
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (without optional pineapple tidbits): 273 Calories, 49 g carbohydrate, 3 grams fat, 17 g protein, 6 grams fiber
The Nutrition Twins worked with CocoaVia® to develop this delicious smoothie.
- 2 ice cubes
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 frozen over ripe banana
- 1 unsweetened Dark Chocolate Mix CocoaVia®
- 6 ounce container nonfat Strawberry Greek yogurt
- 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or ½ cup and ½ cup water)
- Stevia, to taste, optional
- 2-3 frozen pineapple tidbits, optional
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!