Healthy Chocolate Smoothie (with Veggies!)


Blend up a delicious Chocolate Smoothie packed with protein, fiber, and veggies—with all of the delicious flavors and creamy texture everyone wants in a smoothie!

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My oldest kiddo has never been into smoothies, but in the past year, she’s been willing to have a little bit of a chocolate smoothie—and it’s so nice to have the option in the mix! This chocolate smoothie uses chocolate milk as the liquid, but also has leafy greens, zucchini, and avocado for a nice mix of nutrients including protein, vitamin C, iron, and fiber.

TIP: I usually use Ripple Chocolate Milk or Silk Plant Milk, but you could use plain milk and add a little cocoa powder for chocolate flavor.

ingredients for chocolate smoothieIngredients in this Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

To make this smoothie, you’ll need:

  • chocolate milk
  • frozen banana
  • baby kale or spinach
  • yellow squash or zucchini
  • Optional: avocado, nut or seed butter and/or hemp seeds

TIP: I store greens for smoothies in the freezer to knock down the green flavor since I am super sensitive to the flavor of kale. It helps a lot!

Can I make this with regular white milk?

Sure. You can use diary or nondairy milk and add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup to taste if needed.

making chocolate smoothie in blenderHow to Make a Chocolate Smoothie Step-by-Step

Here’s the process of how to make this simple veggie smoothie for kids. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Measure out the ingredients.
  2. Add the ingredients to the blender.
  3. Start the blender on low, then gradually work up to high.
  4. Let the blender blend on high. Serve.

TIP: Blend this smoothie very well to ensure that all of the veggies are evenly mixed up.

Can I add more protein smoothie?

If you’d like to add more protein, you can use an extra tablespoon each of nut or seed butter and hemp seeds. Kids might not need as much protein as you think, so you probably don’t need to add any more than that!

chocolate-smoothie-with-ingredientsWhat’s the best way to help my child like smoothies?

Here are a few ideas for introducing smoothies to your kids that might help convert the haters:

  • Start with really small servings. One sip is better than no sips!
  • Try different cups. Some kids might prefer to sip from an open cup, some might prefer to use a straw, and others might like to use a reusable pouch. You might be surprised to see how much changing this one aspect can help!
  • Let them help you make the smoothie. It might help! (It might not, but it’s always worth a shot!)
  • Skip the veggies for now and just go for the chocolate milk and frozen banana. There’s nothing wrong than really simplifying things.

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Smoothie

  • Blend super smooth for the best texture.
  • You can use diary or nondairy milk.
  • To make this with white milk, add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup to taste if needed.
  • I store greens for smoothies in the freezer to knock down the green flavor since I am super sensitive to the flavor of kale. It helps a lot!
  • Serve in an open cup, a reusable pouch, or in a small bowl with a spoon.
  • Start with a small serving with kids still learning to like smoothies.

I’d love to know what you think of this recipe if you try it so please comment below with feedback!

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Best Healthy Chocolate Smoothie (with Veggies!)


Description

Be sure to blend this super smooth for the best texture. Use any or none of the optional ingredients. See the Notes for how to make this with regular milk.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 1 small banana, frozen
  • 1/3 cup baby kale or baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup yellow squash or zucchini
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons avocado, 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter or Sunbutter, and/or 1 teaspoon hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Measure out the ingredients.
  2. Add to a blender.
  3. Blend, starting on low and gradually increasing to high. Blend on high for about 30 seconds to make sure the mixture is very smooth.
  4. Serve.

Notes

To make this with white milk, add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup to taste if needed.

Blend super smooth for the best texture.

You can use diary or nondairy milk.

Skip the avocado if you don’t have it. (Frozen avocado works too.)

Serve in an open cup, a reusable pouch, or in a small bowl with a spoon.

Start with a small serving with kids still learning to like smoothies.


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