Mocha Smoothie

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Last week was mighty warm in Chicago.  Since we haven’t had any freezing temperatures yet, the warm weather can’t even be classified as Indian summer.

The forecast for this coming week indicates it will continue to be unseasonably warm.  That being the case, I thought I’d share this recipe for a mocha smoothie rather than save it for next summer.  Why wait when there are still warm days ahead?

About a month ago, as I was waiting in a long supermarket checkout line, I browsed through one of those magazines that always has a huge photo of a decadent dessert on their front cover as well as a feature story on how to lose weight.  I always find the irony pretty amusing.  Anyway, I read a story about one woman who said she lost weight by drinking mocha smoothies using protein powder, and she said the smoothie was as good as a Starbucks Frappuccino.

The story didn’t include a recipe, but I thought I’d try my hand at it especially since coffee and chocolate protein powder are staples in my house.  My first try was a huge success—and darned if it doesn’t remind me of a Frappuccino as well.  I added up the calories for the almond milk, chocolate protein powder, and sugar; and it comes to just 210 calories per smoothie.  That’s a winner in my book!

One year ago:  No-bake Protein Bars

Two years ago:  Red Lentil Soup, Spicy Molasses Crisps

Mocha Smoothie

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. coffee, regular or decaf
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 to 3 tbl. sugar (I used 3 tbl., but I have a sweet tooth)
  • 2 cups ice

Directions

Put all ingredients except the ice in a blender which has an ice-crushing feature.  Process until ingredients are blended.

Add ice and blend until smooth but still somewhat icy.

Source:   A frantastic original

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