My Lunch Smoothie

If you’ve visited my site before you may have ran into my complete and utter smoothie addiction.

My Lunch Smoothie- A CHOCOLATE smoothie packed full of your days full serving of fruits & vegetables!!

Especially GREEN smoothies. I can’t go a single morning without them. I literally crave them as fuel for my mornings.

Hands down my absolute favorite Green Smoothie is my Super DETOX Green Cleansing Smoothie. This smoothie is a little more advanced and intense, as far as ingredients go, than my original Morning Smoothie. The biggest difference being the mega amount of powerhouse ingredients (14!) in the Detox smoothie versus the simple 6 ingredients in the original morning smoothie.

My Lunch Smoothie- A CHOCOLATE smoothie packed full of your days full serving of fruits & vegetables!!

People often ask me, “If this is what you drink for breakfast, what do you eat the rest of the day?” My diet is very consistent, apart from the occasional traveling conundrum, so my answer is always the same- “I drink a green smoothie for breakfast, have a more hearty smoothie for lunch, and then eat a plant-based meal for dinner.” Somewhere throughout the day I miiiiiight sneak in something sweet too though :P But! I always keep it vegan and try to stick with natural sugars and whole-grains. And 99% of the time my sweets are homemade.

It’s been a long time coming, but I am finally about to share with you my FAVORITE lunch smoothie. I drink this smoothie more regularly than any other smoothie. I love the taste and the ingredients. I can sip it with a big smile on my face since it is SO yummy going down and I can be confident in all the good it is doing for my body.

My Lunch Smoothie- A CHOCOLATE smoothie packed full of your days full serving of fruits & vegetables!!

Here are the ingredients: Coconut water, zucchini, carrot, avocado, raw cacao powder, hemp seeds or nut/seed butter, dried white mulberries, dates, and plant-based protein powder (I use SunWarrior Vanilla).

You can’t taste any of the veggies. Or at least I can’t. It’s pretty much just a mega HEALTHY chocolate smoothie. There is no fresh fruit either. All of its sweetness comes from the mulberries, dates, and protein powder (SunWarrior is sweetened with stevia). If you don’t want to use protein powder or yours is not sweetened, then you may need additional sweetener to taste. Same thing goes if you can’t find or afford mulberries or dates. I suggest using a frozen, chunked banana in place of the dried fruit, and sweetening additionally with NuNaturals Stevia. I buy my dried mulberries and dates in bulk from Nuts.com and I buy my SunWarrior and Stevia from Vitacost.com.

My Lunch Smoothie- A CHOCOLATE smoothie packed full of your days full serving of fruits & vegetables!!

Coconut Water: Full of micronutrients such as zinc, potassium, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid and B-vitamins. It is high in electrolytes and helps to keep the body well hydrated, while being very low in sugars, making it a better alternative than most sports drinks. Research has also shown it to help slow aging, improve blood circulation, lower elevated blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Not to mention that it is great for digestive and urinary health as well.

Zucchini: One cup of zucchini is approximately 20 calories, making it an extremely nutrient dense food. Zucchini is high in potassium, vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin (both carotenoid phytonutrients), and manganese. These nutrients help protect against free-radical cell damage, tissue health, and healthy eyesight. It is also high in fiber.

Carrot: Not only great for your eyes, but also for your hair! Carrots have the highest amount of beta-carotene amongst most common vegetables. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which is essential to a healthy scalp and moisturized hair. Carrots help to detoxify the body and contain calcium, potassium, iron, B-vitamins, vitamin C and K, biotin and fiber.

Avocado: High in mono-unsaturated fats, avocados help moisturize skin, preventing pre-mature wrinkling and creating a more even skin tone. These fats also help to lubricate our digestive tract, making absorption of fast-soluble vitamins easier and cellular membranes stronger. They’re rich in Vitamins E, C, A, and K, potassium, copper and iron. All of these vitamins and minerals help with skin health. Avocados are also high in amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Their large fiber content helps make them a great cholesterol helper and cleanser for the body.

Raw Cacao Powder: Cacao is cocoa powder before being processed and stripped of most of its nutrients. They say dark chocolate is good for you, well then Raw Cacao is INCREDIBLE for you. A clear superfood, raw cacao powder is mineral rich, containing calcium, iron and magnesium. It is a mood-enhancer, shown to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Cacao is very rich in antioxidants, which help fight cell damage. It is also high in polyphenols, known to support heart health and decrease bad cholesterol.

Dried White Mulberries: One of the best natural sources of resveratrol (red wines claim to fame), mulberries help prevent aging, promote circulation and cardiovascular health.

Dates: Dates are a great source of fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, and vitamin B6. The high fiber content helps promote digestive health and relieve constipation. Other health claims include, anti-inflammatory, reduce blood pressure, and reduce stroke risk. With all these health benefits, they make a great choice for a natural sweetener.

Plant-Based Protein Powder: When using a protein powder, I prefer to use a plant-based powder rather than the more common whey or  casein powders. Mainly because I am vegan and believe dairy-based proteins to effect your health negatively. I use SunWarrior Vanilla Powder because I feel it is a good compromise between health, taste, and cost. You can read more about my review on various other plant-based protein powders here.

My Lunch Smoothie- A CHOCOLATE smoothie packed full of your days full serving of fruits & vegetables!!

On a regular basis I pump up the veggie quantity even more with about a 1/4 cup of mashed/puréed sweet potatoes. Since they are naturally sweet, I usually don’t need any additional sweetener either. If I do though, I always choose NuNaturals Liquid Stevia. It is far and above my favorite sweetener choice for smoothies.

I’ve made a few different flavor variations of this. Since the main flavor is chocolate, I choose ingredients that compliment that- ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, mint leaves, and coconut butter in place of the hemp seeds. I’ve also gone so far as to add in a few additional superfood powders like Maca Powder, Mesquite Powder, or Lucuma Powder.

My Lunch Smoothie- A CHOCOLATE smoothie packed full of your days full serving of fruits & vegetables!!

Hey, it’s a smoothie. And everybody’s tastes are different. Make it your own!

*The blender you use will make a huge difference in smoothie quality. If you drink smoothies often or are looking for a change in your diet, I highly suggest that you invest in a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. These are the only two blenders that I have found to provide a beautifully smooth and creamy consistency. If using a more standard blender, your smoothie will probably be more fibrous. I only bring this up because with carrots, that can sometimes be a problem.

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My Lunch Smoothie
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Serves: 1 (about 30 ounces)
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups coconut water
  • 1 heaping cup chopped zucchini
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup dried white mulberries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds or nut/seed butter
  • 2-5 pitted dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (I use Vanilla SunWarrior Protein)
  • ¾ to 1 cup ice
  • optional flavorings: ground cinnamon, mint leaves, etc.
  • additional sweetener as needed (dates, stevia, agave, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except ice, into high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Add as much ice as desired and blend again until smooth. Enjoy!
Notes
Very often I use ¼ cup mashed sweet potato or pumpkin too.

 

 

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  • Barbara March 25, 2015, 11:17 am

    how about coming up with a “Hot” smoothie for winter? I love my breakfast smoothie but when it’s 10 degrees above zero and I have one, it takes me the rest of the a.m. to warm up! I would love a nice hot smoothie for those days.

  • lmachell March 26, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Haha I know exactly what you mean! I am always reaching for my sweater and a blanket after my smoothie. What I do with this one is blender it a little longer than it needs (a minute or two). That takes the chill off and it still tastes great warm because it’s chocolate-flavored!

  • Christy March 25, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Thanks!! Look forward to trying this! Any suggestions for a substitute for the coconut water I am super allergic.

  • lmachell March 26, 2015, 8:48 pm

    Just use regular water :)

  • Aleksandra April 5, 2015, 9:36 pm

    Barbara, the problem with warm smoothies is that vitamins tend to be thermolabile (you can check here how much http://nutritiondata.self.com/topics/processing ) – but, when it’s cold outside, I like to turn some rolled oats into dust in my blender, then add a banana, cacao and warm milk. It’s wonderful. I guess you could try that and then add other ingredients you like. (That one is not superhealthy, it’s just warm, filling and delicious.)

  • Sonia April 26, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Hi Laura. Thank you for the super detox green smoothie. I have been drinking it for a month now- absolutely beautiful. Now, I would like to start to drink this one for lunch. Do you add whole hemp seeds or hemp seeds powder?