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Mayan Hot Chocolate Smoothie


    Mayan Hot Chocolate Smoothie

    Who says a smoothie has to be frosty? This drink is reminiscent of hot chocolate, making it a great way to take a bite out of the winter chill. Blend in some protein powder and you have a great way to recover after any nippy outdoor exercise.


    Stealth health

    Studies suggest that cinnamon can help improve blood sugar control, offering some protection against the development of type 2 diabetes.

    1 1/2 cups (350 mL) milk
    1 banana, quartered
    2 Tbsp (30 mL) raw or natural cocoa powder
    2 Tbsp (30 mL) natural peanut butter or unsalted almond butter 
    2 tsp (10 mL) instant espresso powder (optional)
    1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) chili powder or cayenne pepper

    Place milk and 1/2 cup (125 mL) water in small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slight simmer.

    Place hot milk in blender container along with banana, cocoa powder, nut butter, espresso powder (if using), vanilla, cinnamon, and chili or cayenne. Blend until smooth.

    Serves 2.

    Each serving contains: 239 calories; 12 g protein; 10 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 29 g total carbohydrates (18 g sugars, 4 g fibre); 83 mg sodium


    Mayan Hot Chocolate Smoothie




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