Updated: Feb 28, 2021
The life of a sweet tooth foodie is a strange one, especially when you have goals set for yourself. Whether it be eating one or two pieces of chocolate and not the whole bar, or eating one Chocolate Chip Bobo Bar for the day (You’re welcome…or is it I’m sorry?)
and NOT the one you left specifically out-of-sight-out-of-mind in your car to have tomorrow to dip in your coffee…
(...And not ten minutes later finding an empty Bobo bar wrapper in front of you, along with an empty bowl that once contained fruit…may or may not be speaking from personal experience there….)
As someone who suffers from cravings and binges, I’ve researched many ways to take my binges in a healthier direction. I mean, I’d rather my binge come across as deceivingly healthy to my body than not, which is how I came across this smoothie!
The life of a sweet tooth foodie is a strange one, especially when you have goals set for yourself.
This girl, right here? Peanut butter lover. Chocolate lover.
I’m like that one meme where the white parrot smothers its face in a chocolate fondue fountain—but with peanut butter AND chocolate. And this girl? Bad at portion sizes. I’m talking WHOLE jars of peanut butter, here.
Liftingbae likes her sweets, y’all!
To save myself, and all my hard work in the gym, I was ecstatic to find—next to the temptation of all kinds of nut butter—a healthy, low-calorie alternative that could easily fit into my goals. The ingredient is called PB powder or PB2 (the brand). One serving is under 60 calories compared to the usual 180 calorie range for two tablespoons of peanut butter. Personally, I’ve discovered that PB powder works best in this smoothie, compared to other trial smoothie combinations--sometimes I like to add strawberries to this mix for some extra sweetness to the mix, but you do you honey booboo.
Another great factor of this smoothie is cacao powder! Not to be confused with cocoa powder, its majorly less beneficial counterpart. Also, not to be pronounced as “CUH-COH-A” as my mother does—repeatedly—to the point I’m convinced she’s doing it on purpose now. Also, not to be pronounced as, “CUH-CHOW”, like my friend does, though you won’t find me correcting you, seeing as I do it myself *shrugs unapologetically*. That’s exactly how I’d describe the effects of cacao powder (pronounced as “CUH-COW”) after ingesting it. It’s considered a superfood (only the best for my baes) and is unlike cocoa powder, in that it isn’t roasted---in turn, losing much of its nutritional value, aka superfood powers.
Benefits of Cacao Powder
Here’s a list of some of the benefits of cacao powder:
Antioxidant-rich (more than blueberries!)
Helps lower blood pressure
Prevents the spread of cancerous cells
High in calcium and iron
Natural energy booster
The list goes on….like any superfood out there, the benefits are staggering, so why not put it in a smoothie?
Say no more! *winks in-hero*
Chocolate Peanut Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 heaped tablespoon PB powder
1 scoop Vivolife vanilla protein powder
8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend and enjoy!