This banana strawberry chocolate smoothie is all you need for a healthy start to the day or a healthy and flavorful snack that is both delicious and protein-packed. Also, you’ll be delighted to know that it has stress-relieving ingredients such as dark chocolate, rolled oats, and pumpkin seeds that can help you go throw stressful periods.
Strawberries and bananas make a match made in heaven, banana offers creaminess and sweetness, and strawberries bring on fruity and low calories flavor. Add in dark chocolate cacao powder and you will be zipping on a luscious smoothie; it truly feels like drinking up chocolate-covered strawberries ice cream.
This chocolate strawberry banana smoothie was inspired by our basic yet flavorful, strawberry smoothie.
- Dark chocolate (dark cocoa powder)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Maple syrup
- Soy milk (almond milk or oat milk)
Optional: lemon juice
Strawberry banana smoothie protein: add a scoop of plant-based protein.
To make this chocolate strawberry smoothie I recommend you to use frozen strawberries and frozen bananas, using frozen fruit will make your smoothies creamier as you don't need to add more water or ice cubes which tend to thin them up.
Tip: if your blender is not too strong, you can freeze sliced fresh strawberries, so blending goes smoothly.
Grind the dried oats and pumpkin seeds in the blender, so it becomes a powder. This will make the smoothie turn out creamier.
Then add all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until creamy. Usually about 40 seconds.
Serve immediately in a glass and optionally garnish with cocoa powder or cacao nibs.
If you want to adjust it to be more liquid add more non-dairy milk.
This strawberry banana chocolate smoothie can be tweaked easily to use up what you have readily available in a healthy pantry.
Strawberries – feel free to use frozen strawberries or frozen berries, it will make your smoothie recipes creamier. If your blender is not ice-friendly, let them soak for a couple of minutes in plant milk.
Pumpkin seeds – you can add or sub for walnuts, as they also have great anti-stress properties and protein.
Sweetness – if you use a very ripe banana and sweet strawberries you may not need any sweetener as their natural sweetness may be enough to sweeten your healthy smoothie. You can use your favorite wholesome sweetener, like agave nectar, date paste, or pitted whole Medjool dates.
Plant-based milk – we like using homemade soy milk to increase the protein content of our smoothies, but you can also use your plant milk of choice. We regularly make our almond milk and oat milk at home and use them indistinctively in our smoothies.
More antioxidants – add chia seeds or flax meal to increase both the protein content and nutritional value of any of your smoothies. Bear in mind that they will also add some extra calories. We usually add one tablespoon for each serving. Both chia seeds, flax meal, or flax seeds, will make the smoothie thicker, so you can add some extra ice cubes or liquid to keep the same consistency.
Strawberry banana smoothie protein – we like adding a tablespoon of complement vegan protein powder when drinking it before or after working out. Instead of protein powder, to make a strawberry chocolate protein smoothie, you could use hemp seeds, which are high in protein and are also super creamy, making them a great addition to your vegan smoothie. This makes it a great post-workout drink.
Rich chocolate flavor - make your smoothie even more chocolatey by adding add a teaspoon of cocoa powder, using your choice of dairy-free chocolate milk, or using chocolate protein powder.
Add lemon or lime to strawberries to make their flavor pop up. It can be very helpful when strawberries are not as sweet as expected.
Stress relief smoothie
We developed this recipe when we were going throw some tough times and as we go by the mantra, make food your medicine, we started researching what foods we could consume to help relieve some anxiety.
Anxiety and stress can take a toll on our mental and physical health. Studies have shown that anxiety and stress are linked to several health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep disorders.
Fortunately, there are several simple lifestyle changes that can help reduce anxiety and stress. One of the most effective is making some healthy changes to your diet.
Luckily, we found that some of the best foods that can help to manage stress are foods that are readily available in most grocery stores and farmers' markets.
Some of them are the ones we chose to make this delicious chocolate banana strawberry smoothie, you guessed them: strawberries, nuts, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, and oats.
Let’s explore how each of these ingredients can help your brain to better manage stress and why.
While there are many ways to help reduce anxiety and stress, one method that is often overlooked is eating strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to help reduce anxiety and stress levels.
In addition, strawberries contain folate, a nutrient that helps to protect the brain from damage. As a result, eating strawberries can help to reduce anxiety and stress levels and improve mental health.
According to research, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, which are compounds that have been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. In one study, participants who ate dark chocolate reported feeling calmer and more relaxed than those who ate milk chocolate.
Dark chocolate also helps to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, both of which can be helpful in reducing anxiety. So next time you're feeling stressed, reach for a bar of dark chocolate - it just might help you feel better. (source)
Nuts are a natural source of nutrients that help improve mood and reduce anxiety. In addition, nuts contain healthy fats that help to protect against heart disease.
So if you're looking for a way to reduce anxiety and stress, try adding a handful of nuts to your daily routine, peanut butter, or almond butter. You may be surprised at the difference it makes.
Pumpkin seeds are great for stress relief because they contain a high level of magnesium. Magnesium is known to help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body produce serotonin.
Serotonin is a hormone that helps regulate mood and can be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. So, if you're feeling stressed out, consider adding some pumpkin seeds to your diet. You just might find that they help you relax and feel better. (source)
Of course, you can consume each of these fantastic ingredients on their own, but we wanted a stress-relief shot, with all of them packed in a single smoothie, that was not only was delicious but healthy and easily be part of our work-out routine, instead of just drinking it on top of our meal plan. (source)
That is why we decided we wanted to make a strawberry chocolate protein smoothie, which makes total sense because another great way to release stress is to exercise and practice mindfulness.
More Strawberry smoothies
We love the combination of strawberries and kiwis. It is refreshing light and filling.
If you feel like having almost a mocktail with tropical flavors popping up, make this Strawberry pineapple smoothie, made with coconut milk, for a super refreshing treat.
Finally, one of our preferred smoothies, made with mandarin orange and strawberries, is a delightful citrusy and sweet option to start your day.
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Protein | Stress and Anxiety Relief
- 1 medium frozen banana ripe, freeze it cut in chunks
- 2 ½ raw cocoa powder
- 8 small frozen strawberries briefly thawed before using
- ½ lemon juice
- ¼ cup rolled oats steel-cut oats, or quick oats
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 2 cups almond milk or soy milk, more if too thick
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup, or 1 pitted date
- 2 tablespoons Organic Protein Plant-Based Powder
- Freeze the banana and strawberries overnight, or at least 30 minutes before cutting them into slices. Squeeze half lemon on top of the strawberries.
- Grind rolled oats and pumpkin seeds. If using old-fashioned rolled oats, optionally grind them in your blender, pulsing it for a few seconds, so you make an oatmeal flour. This will ensure you have an even creamier smoothie. If you like some grits in your smoothie, skip this step.
- Blend. Add everything into a high-speed blender. If using rolled oats and prefer a creamier consistency, first pulse the oats in the blender, without any liquid, to make an "oats flour"; then add the rest of the ingredients, beginning with the dairy-free milk, and blend for 40 seconds or over your blender's smoothie mode.
- Serve Cold or store for up to 2 days.
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