Recipes for Health: Chocolate Cherry Smoothie


While this is a basic recipe for a chocolate cherry smoothie, it’s not the best choice of ingredients if keeping count of calories and fat intake (nearly 25% of the total calories are from fat) as you will see below in the nutritional facts.

So, why am I including this recipe in Health & Wellness week you may ask?

Excellent question with an equally excellent answer: I’ve included some of my own personal hints below the nutritional information at the end of the recipe to show how you can make simple modifications to ingredient choice but make a great impact on the nutritional value.

1/2 cup fat-free milk

3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips

1 cup fresh or frozen (slightly thawed) dark sweet cherries

ice as desired

Combine all ingredients in blend, process until blended smoothly.

Place in a decorative glass and garnish.

Drink up!

Nutritional information per serving: 589 calories (143 calories from fat); 9.4 gram saturated fat; 0.6 grams polyunsaturated fat; 5.1 grams monounsaturated fat; 13.5 milligrams cholesterol; 103.4 grams carbohydrates; 7.9 grams dietary fiber; 187.3 milligrams sodium; 18.5 grams protein

NOTE: You can play around and made whatever substitutions you like. If following true ABS DIET style you may wish to substitute to a non-dairy alternative, add whey protein, flax seed, raw almond slivers or instant oatmeal, etc. to dramatically reduced the caloric value while boosting fiber, protein. Once you become aware of the 12 POWER FOODS building blocks you can make some really nutritious, power-packed smoothies that are quite filling.


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