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smoothie, smoothie bowls are eaten in a bowl with a spoon rather than being sipped through a straw. A smoothie bowl is a more substantial meal than a smoothie and is a great way to jumpstart your day. And you can have fun with smoothie bowls, customizing them with your favorite ingredients and toppings. People go all out on social media creating beautiful smoothie bowls that look like pieces of artwork. I was inspired to create my own delicious smoothie bowl that would satisfy my appetite, give me a boost of nutrition, and also provide me with enough energy to get through the morning.
To give my smoothie bowl a rich chocolate base, I used CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement in Unsweetened Dark Chocolate. CocoaVia® is a daily cocoa extract supplement that delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols, which are scientifically proven to promote a healthy heart by supporting healthy blood flow†.The cocoa flavanols in CocoaVia® supplement are backed by two decades of scientific research that suggests these powerful plant-derived nutrients from cocoa beans may play a valuable role in cardiovascular health. Why can’t you just get the same amount of flavanols from eating chocolate? Chocolate is a fabulous treat, but it’s not a reliable way to get sufficient quantities of cocoa flavanols. Traditional cocoa processing, which includes drying, fermenting and roasting of beans, destroys many of the flavanols naturally present in the cocoa bean. The concentrated cocoa extract in Cocoavia® supplement is made using their patented Cocoapro® process to preserve the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols. So basically, CocoaVia® supplement isolates the “good stuff” in chocolate in a convenient, versatile form, without all the calories and fat. For more information, visit www.CocoaVia.com.
CocoaVia® Stick Packs are a convenient way to add a boost of cocoa flavanols to your meals or smoothies. They come in three flavors: Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Sweetened Dark Chocolate, and Cran-Raspberry and can be added to milk, smoothies, coffee, oatmeal, yogurt and more. I decided to go with the Unsweetened Dark Chocolate as the base of my smoothie bowl, which I blended with milk and peanut butter powder. To thicken it, I also added a frozen banana, chia seeds and Greek yogurt. These ingredients also add plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and micronutrients.
you like such as almond or cashew butter. I then drizzled on a little raspberry jam, but again, you can use whatever flavor jam you like such as strawberry or blackberry. CLICK HERE to get the recipe for my Blackberry Chia Jam.
Chocolate for breakfast? Not only is this satisfying smoothie bowl delicious, it’s good for you too, packed with almost 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber!
- 1 CocoaVia® Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Stick Pack
- 1 small banana, frozen
- ¼ cup milk, any type (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- ¼ cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ice cubes
- Granola (can use certified gluten-free)
- Peanut butter
- Raspberry jam
- Chia seeds
- Blend the CocoaVia® Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Stick Pack, banana, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, peanut butter powder, vanilla, and ice together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Top with an assortment of granola, peanut butter, jam, berries and chia seeds. Enjoy!
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.