Smoothie of the Month: Dark Chocolate Strawberry

February 17th, 2015 | Fun, Nutrition and Health, Recipe

You are in for quite a treat with February’s Smoothie of the Month! Even with Valentine’s Day behind us, it never hurts to whip up a dark chocolate covered strawberry shake. Indulging, the healthy way!

The Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs dark cocoa powder

The Benefits


  • Strawberries contain biotin, which aids in building strong hair and nails.
  • Strawberries promote anti-aging, containing antioxidant ellagic acid. This can help keep skin from sagging!
  • Strawberries help with eye health, lowering the risk of macular degeneration.
  • Strawberries are low in calories, with one cup only containing 54.
  • Strawberries contain vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium. All three play a role in bone health.

Dark Chocolate

  • According to studies, a few squares of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of death from a heart attack.
  • Dark cocoa powder is low in calories and fat.
  • Dark cocoa powder provides a good deal of fiber, for just one serving (about 3.6 grams!)
  • Cocoa may provide antidepressant benefits.
  • Cocoa is a good source of antioxidants, with approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram.


  • The oilic acid content in avocado has been linked to help with the prevention of breast cancer.
  • The high beta sitosterol content in avocados can help regulate blood cholesterol levels.
  • The vitamin A in avocados can help purge dead skin cells.
  • Avocado antioxidant content can help remove toxins from the body, thus eliminate wrinkles and promote better skin aging.

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