This Smoothie Is A Sweet Way To Eat More Veggies & Get More Fiber
Here's an unexpected veggie base for your next smoothie: zucchini.
Altogether, this smoothie is a good source of fiber (with just over 8 grams per serving), thanks mostly to all-star avocado and zucchini. Absolutely can't get behind the idea of squash in your smoothie? Cauliflower works as an even substitution, and it's still a solid source of fiber, too.
Dates (or maple syrup; dealer's choice) offer a subtle sweetness to pair with the cacao powder, a superfood that can help support mood and energy levels. While there is a bit of coffee in the recipe, it won't be a primary flavor or serve as much of a caffeine boost. It mostly helps to complement and accentuate the satisfying chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Makes 2 8-ounce smoothies
- 1 cup zucchini, raw and unpeeled
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1 tbsp. cacao powder
- 2 dates, soaked and pitted
- 2 tbsp. brewed coffee
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup ice
Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until the mixture is smooth. Enjoy immediately.
- Cauliflower can be used instead of zucchini.
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup can be used instead of the two dates.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder can be used instead of cacao powder.
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