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Warm or Cold Chocolate Smoothie for WEIGHT LOSS is that great recipe for a light meal that also satiates your sweet tooth. This treat is high in protein, fiber and full of nutritious produce, but it still tastes like chocolatey goodness.
Made with only real food, Warm Chocolate Smoothie for WEIGHT LOSS is great for everyone, but also works for Paleo, Keto and other wellness diets.
There’s even a carob and AIP option.
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Benefits of a warm smoothie
You might be intrigued and wonder, What’s the point of a warm smoothie?
The main reason to enjoy warm smoothies is: They’re easier to digest.
Cold smoothies slow down digestion, because: The stomach has to warm them before they can digest properly. Moving food through the stomach more quickly is always a good idea.
Eastern medicine refers to cold foods as “cooling the fires of digestion”, and there is truth to it.
HOWEVER, if you love cold smoothies, and really prefer them cold or slushy, this smoothie does have the option. I provide both recipe versions below.
Either way, the ingredients in this Chocolate Smoothie support good nutrition and weight loss.
Why and how to eat less
No one wants to feel hungry or starved! So, that’s not the point of this recipe!
Just the opposite, Warm Chocolate Smoothie for Weight Loss helps to satiate and fill you up, without overeating — and with the right kind of ingredients in the right ratio to one another.
One of my favorite quotes and a great perspective on weight loss is this:
We do not want to be in an overfed state because insulin is a very inflammatory hormone. If you have high insulin levels, you will create a lot of inflammation in your tissues. Arthritis is an example of a condition that thrives in a high-insulin environment. People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to have arthritis as those without diabetes. Insulin also signals the body to retain fluid, which fosters high blood pressure; furthermore, it is a growth hormone, which is implicated in the development of cancer. A high-insulin environment contributes to broad metabolic deterioration and is not a harmless situation. (source)
Weight loss as a health goal
I like looking at weight loss as a health goal. This gives us the proper motivation … and understanding of why excess fat and insulin can hurt our wellness.
A healthy smoothie for one meal of the day helps us with portion size, while also providing a nutrient-dense meal.
What makes Warm Chocolate Smoothie good for weight loss
I’ve never been one to count my calories, but I’ve learned over the years that calories and carbohydrates need to correlate with how active we are. We don’t want our diets to be too restricted in calories, nor to be too high in calories.
Similarly, meals should have modest carb counts, unless we’re super athletes. Having one meal lower in carbs but higher in fiber reduces overall carbs in the day, so we can better correlate our activity level to our carb intake.
The perfect weight loss smoothie has the right balance of protein, carbs and fat, as well as fiber:
- HIGH PROTEIN – Meals should be high in protein to stabilize blood sugar, balance hormones and prevent craving too many carbs or sweets.
- Warm Chocolate Smoothie for Weight Loss has 18 grams of protein!, which is 42% of the total calories: excellent!
- NO ADDED SUGAR – Smoothies for weight loss ideally have no added sugar. A couple of approaches to choose from with this smoothie:
- 1) The Keto approach uses the low carb sweetener of your choice. This includes the whole food and Paleo option of using pure monk fruit.
- 2) The AIP and whole food version uses half a banana or a natural sweetener. If you’re active, especially if you plan a short or long walk after this meal, just 1 tablespoon of a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup may be a fine choice.
- HIGH FIBER – We need foods high in soluble and insoluble fiber. This smoothie provides both. It’s especially important during weight loss to have regular bowel movements, as the body ushers toxins stored in fat from the body. Vegetables and optional basil seeds provide fiber.
- HEALTHY FATS – With weight loss, it’s important to feel full and satisfied, and healthy fats help to accomplish this. Sources of fat in this Chocolate Smoothie include:
- Optional MCT oil is a great addition to boost weight loss, mental clarity and energy levels. MCT oil adds noticeable benefits and works well in the hot or cold version of this smoothie. (Here‘s a good one.)
- Add additional fat with optional peanut butter, nut butter, butter or coconut oil. If you make the warm version of this smoothie, butter or coconut oil (for AIP) are delicious in it, adding creaminess, a little richness and depth of flavor.
- A moderate amount of good fats is healthful. We do want to avoid too many omega-6 fats, though. For this reason, I would not include regular almond products in the smoothie.
- LOWER CALORIE – Some calories are important, to provide energy and satiety. This smoothie hits the sweet spot of 236 calories, not too many or too few. Calories also help to balance hormones.
- MODERATE CARBS FOR NON-KETO — For those NOT doing a low carb diet, a moderate amount of carbs have been shown to add satiety to a meal. (For Low Carb, protein and higher fat have to take the place of carbs.)
- Studies show, “In addition to a relatively high protein intake (~30% of total calorie intake), moderate carbohydrate intake may also be important in regulating sensations of hunger and calorie ingestion.”
- This smoothie gives you a few variations to add carbs if you know your body does best with a moderate intake.
Ingredients in Warm or Cold Chocolate Smoothie for Weight Loss
- avocado — A source of good fats, avocado also provides a nice creamy texture for the base of this smoothie.
- frozen cauliflower rice — Be sure to use frozen, as it has a milder flavor for this smoothie. Cauli boasts high fiber. OR, if you can’t eat cauliflower for some reason, please Comment below, and I can share some alternatives.
- Perfect Supplements Chocolate Collagen Powder (find it here, and use code BEAUTIFUL10 for 10% off at check out) — (Or if you use regular collagen powder [for AIP and others], you will need to add more sweetener, to taste, as this is sweetened with pure monk fruit.)
- nut butter, peanut butter (I only recommend fermented or Maranatha brand) or basil seeds — all optional (omit for AIP, or use tiger nut butter)
- unsweetened milk of choice — I like to use Homemade Macadamia Nut Milk or coconut milk for AIP and nut-free
- cocoa powder — OR use carob for AIP
- low carb liquid sweetener, OR pure monk fruit/stevia, to taste OR 1 Tablespoon raw honey/1/2 a banana if you’re active and don’t mind the carbs or for AIP (not for Keto/Low Carb diets)
- 2 pinches of sea salt and/or a few drops of liquid minerals — These provide needed electrolytes for the best hydration and energy on a cellular level.
- butter or coconut oil — for added fat
- MCT oil — A great choice for weight loss, mental clarity!, extra energy! and for the cold version of the smoothie. (This is a good brand.)
- fresh or frozen raspberries (1/4 cup has 3.3 grams net carbs)
- low carb chocolate chips
Warm or Cold Chocolate Smoothie for Weight Loss
- small saucepan optional
- ½ an avocado cut into chunks, at room temp, or frozen on a piece of parchment paper if you want to make the cold version of this smoothie
- 1-¼ cups cauliflower rice , frozen; OR if you can't eat cauliflower for some reason, please Comment below, and I can share some alternatives
- 1 scoop Perfect Supplements Chocolate Collagen Powder (Or if you use regular collagen powder [for AIP], you will need to add more sweetener, to taste, as this is sweetened with pure monk fruit.) Be sure to use code BEAUTIFUL10 at checkout to get 10% off your entire order.
- 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice I like to use Homemade Macadamia Nut Milk; for AIP, use coconut or tiger nut milk
- 1-½ to 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder depending on how strong you like your chocolate; for AIP, use roasted carob powder
- 1 Tablespoon nut butter or basil seeds, both optional; omit for AIP or use tiger nut butter
- 1 Tablespoon low carb sweetener OR pure monk fruit/stevia, to taste OR for AIP and others: 1 Tablespoon raw honey/½ a banana if you're active and don't mind the carbs (not for Keto/Low Carb diets)
- 2 pinches sea salt and/or a few drops of liquid minerals
- optional: 1 Tablespoon MCT oil, butter or coconut oil the latter two only if you make the warm version of the smoothie (coconut oil options for AIP)
- For warm smoothie version: Place cauliflower in small saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer 10 minutes. Drain.
- Add milk to blender, then: warm cooked caulifower rice, avocado, cocoa powder, sweetener, optional nut butter and sea salt (+ optional fat). Do NOT add collagen powder yet. Blend until completely smooth, about 40 seconds.
- Add collagen, and blend again briefly, just to mix.
- Pour into saucepan. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until hot through, but not yet simmering. Serve.
- For frozen/cold version: Combine in blender frozen cauliflower rice, frozen slices or small chunks of avocado, milk, cocoa powder, sweetener, optional nut butter and sea salt (+ optional MCT oil). Do NOT add collagen powder yet. Blend until completely smooth, about 40 seconds. Add collagen, and blend again briefly, just to mix. Serve.