Warm Weather Approaches – Power-Up with Our Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

While mushrooms and floaty hearts work fine for game characters, us gamers need something a little more substantial.  Now I don’t mean to disregard the tastes of the residents of mushroomy kingdoms or intergalactic bounty hunters, but no matter what world you are on or what dimension you are in its hard to top chocolate!

power-up-Choco-smoothie

This recipe has been tweaked by my son and me for quite some time and it is currently the most requested over any other at a rate of at least 10:1, and as warm weather is quickly approaching a chilly chocolatey smoothie is starting to sound pretty appealing.

We generally use Orgain brand Creamy Chocolate Fudge Organic Plant Based Protein Powder  for the protein powder in this recipe.  We have tried a multitude of different brands and variations and this one consistently blends up the richest, smoothest and creamiest and never needs additional added sweeteners.  Feel free to experiment if you have a favorite of your own and feel free to share which ones you like and even any variations you make to our recipe.  We would love to try your ideas ourselves.

Ingredients for the Power-Up Chocolate Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana

1 cup Almond, Soy or other Plant-based milk-alternative

1/4 cup Frozen Blueberries

1 cup Frozen Spinach ( fresh won’t work here, I’ve made that mistake for you and can attest it simply doesn’t turn out right)

1 scoop (1/2 serving) Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge Organic Plant Based Protein Powder

1 tsp Cocoa Powder

1/2 tsp Healthworks Maca Powder Peruvian Raw Organic, 8oz

Preparation is simple; add all ingredients to a high-speed blender – ours is a Magic Bullet Blender and it handles all of the frozen ingredients brilliantly.  I usually blend for about 30-45 seconds, let it all rest about 10 seconds and then give it another 30-45 second spin.  Serve it up, power-up and Game On!

If you are reluctant to try “drinking” your spinach, give it a try before you opt out and you will certainly be surprised.  The spinachy sweetness folds into the chocolate nicely and gives it a flavor leaning towards the dark chocolate spectrum.  It is also important to include these leafy greens when powering up as they are some of the strongest antioxidants on the planet.

Maca Powder may be unfamiliar to you, we had never heard of it two years ago.  It has a caramel/malt-like flavor when added to smoothies, baked goods or oatmeal.  It has an interesting flavor that really grew on us the more we tried it in different recipes.  As a bonus it is packed with antioxidants and minerals and has a history of use to improve mood, energy and mental alertness – valuable bonuses when managing a bit of tricky platforming or dodging a swarm of enemies.  I cannot attest to the historical use but it does add a nice flavor to sweet recipes so we just count it as a bonus that it has some potential additional benefits.

Need help finding some of the more unusual or specific products we use?  Click the links in the recipe or the product images below and you will be taken directly to the a page on which they can be found.  As a bonus, using that link will actually support the Plant Powered Gamers.  Double Win!

 

 

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