This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light


Can satisfying your sweet tooth be a good thing?

Yes, it actually can. Choosing the right ingredients for a sweet snack or decadent meal can make a treat a healthy one. For example, adding real fruit to smoothies, oatmeal and more boosts your fiber intake and helps you meet your daily fruit recommendations while tackling your sugar pangs.

So go ahead and add some sweetness to your day with this banana chocolate smoothie recipe. The fiber and soy in this tasty drink are perfect for heart-health, and the cocoa is just the right amount to satisfy any chocolate temptation.

Banana Chocolate Smoothie

Ingredients

  • About 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1 large banana, frozen (frozen in its peel)
  • ½ cup chocolate soy milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt

Instructions:

  • Use your blender to crush the ice cubes (you’ll want about ½ cup crushed ice).
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the frozen banana into 3 or 4 pieces and remove the peel from each piece.
  • Add the soy milk, honey, cinnamon, and the banana pieces to your blender with the crushed ice and process until smooth.
  • Add in the yogurt and mix until blended. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Try putting frozen bananas in your freezer when they start “to turn” so that you can make this smoothie without advanced planning. (This also helps you avoid wasting bananas that are past their prime.) The frozen banana in this recipe will help keep your drink chilled. It also imparts a creamy texture to the smoothie.

Yield: 2 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories: 195
Protein: 14 g
Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 85 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Sat Fat: 0 g

For additional healthy eating tips, learn how to incorporate more vegetables into your diet »


This recipe originally appeared on MGHBeFit.com, an employee wellness program sponsored by MGH Nutrition and Food Services.