Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

I don’t know what is happening to my memory. My kids tease me all the time. When they need something from the store they know to just write it down, because I will forget. It must just be the simple things because I can remember lots of stuff. Things pop into my head for no reason at all. Earlier today, I was thinking about a professor that posed the question, ” What is one food you probably eat everyday?” Heck, I don’t know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away :D He was looking for Yogurt. Yes, yogurt is a food that I too think we should be eating every day. It is an excellent source of probiotics, which are fantastic for maintaining a healthy gut.

I really do eat a lot of yogurt! I use yogurt making dips, dressings, muffins, pancakes, and cookies.  I most often use yogurt to make smoothies. I prefer plain yogurt over flavored, because you don’t have to worry about anything artificial or extra sugar being in there. The good folks at Chobani were kind enough to send me some of their yogurt, so I used some 0% plain yogurt to make a Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie…

Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

 

Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that you can obtain from fermented foods. Most commonly, in fresh cultured yogurt.
 
Lactobacillus or lactic acid bacteria has 2 functions:
  1. To produce antimicrobials that prevent the growth of bad bacteria
  2. When in contact with undigested food produce substances that are used as nutrients for our colon cells. (This is beneficial because when nutrients are available for colon cells it helps to prevent cancer. It also helps to enhance our immune system.)
 
Probiotics have the ability to boost our immune system, have B vitamins, can lower our cholesterol levels, and protect us against cancer.
 
Sometimes bacteria are destroyed in our large intestine due to the use of antibiotics. Probiotics or by consuming yogurt helps re-colonize your gut by adding good bacteria.
 
Another benefit is when traveling, probiotics can help protect your stomach from diarrheal illnesses that come from eating foods you are not use to consuming.
 

Probiotics Summary

  • Found in fresh cultured yogurt
  • Help prevent growth of bad bacteria in the intestine
  • Enhance our immune system
  • Help maintain integrity of intestinal wall
  • Help prevent diarrheal diseases

Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

 

I prefer to get my probiotics from yogurt versus taking in pill form. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so you never know if you are actually getting what the box claims.

Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

Yield: 2 cups

Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 banana, small
  • 1 Tbsp almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 cup almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add 1-2 cups ice, depending on how thick you like your smoothies.
  2. Add yogurt, cocoa, banana and almonds into blender.
  3. Lastly, add the vanilla, stevia and almond milk.
  4. Blend until smooth.
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Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

 

Oh my goodness, you will not believe how delicious this smoothie taste. It is thick, chocolatey with the nutty taste of almonds. This may be my new way of getting my daily probiotics! It tastes like a dessert and it is good for you :D

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Disclaimer: I received a variety of samples from Chobani. I was under no obligation to give a review, positive or otherwise. All opinions are my own unless stated or contained within a guest post.

 

 

 

 



Comments

  1. That’s true, yogurt’s so so nice that I literally put it into everything: nothing goes wrong with it!! This smoothie looks absolutely delicious, it’s hard to believe it’s actually healthy and full of good-for-you ingredients. I love it :-)

    • Good for you! I love using yogurt to replace mayonnaise, sour cream and butter. Smoothies make getting my yogurt very easy and very tasty :D

  2. Chocolate almond sounds like a great flavor. Yogurt is such a versatile ingredient!

    • Isn’t it! My wheels are always spinning on new ways to use yogurt. I love the chocolate almond combination and in this smoothie it is sooo delicious!

  3. it’s good thanks.

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  4. Smoothies are best healthy drinks! Thanks for sharing your great recipe! ;) Picture looks DELICIOUS..

  5. npriya says:

    you chocolate is very colorful. i am one time try this one its very taste.
    thank you.

    http://www.erodetoday.com/blog_fresh-chocolate-cookie-smoothies-1420.html

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