In middle school, our city’s education department pushed back the time our first bell rang on Wednesdays by an hour. Instead of showing up at 8:30 am, kids filed into their classrooms at 9:30. Those of us band geeks thought it was an even sweeter deal—the city council decided to skip our 7:30 am A period on Wednesdays, so we got to sleep in 2 hours!
But in reality, we only stayed in bed an extra hour and used the remaining time to stop by the big smoothie franchise storefront on the way to school. With its close location about half a mile from campus, the line stretched out the door and around the corner by 8:45 am. Everyone wanted to be a “cool kid” and order a tall fruity drink to slowly sip while walking to school!
But as a slightly oblivious teen, I failed to realize that the reason we loved those smoothies so much was because they were basically dessert! True, they included a small serving of fruit fresh, but the sugary juice and huge scoops of sherbet that made the drinks thick and creamy completely outweighed those health benefits.
If only we had known about Carnation Breakfast Essentials! I found these Rich Milk Chocolate No Sugar Added packets at Walmart, and with only 60 calories, each serving contains 5 grams of protein and 300 milligrams of potassium in the powder alone. (That’s about as much as a small banana!)
I combined one of these packets (I’m a big chocoholic!) with the flavor of my favorite berry smoothie from my middle school days to create this skinny Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie! Bursting with refreshing fruit and rich chocolaty tastes, this healthy drink will satisfy your sweet tooth while still providing your body with lots of calcium and vitamins. It’s the best way to start your day!
My low-calorie smoothie recipe is super simple—you only need 4 ingredients! Start by making the strawberry layer. Because it’s lighter in color than the chocolate, you won’t have to wash the blender in between mixing the layers to preserve their bright hues!
I opted for frozen unsweetened strawberries to make the layer exceptionally thick without adding too much ice. Fresh berries contain more water and would quickly thin out the smoothie. If needed, you can add a bit of water to help the mixture move through the blender blades. As soon as the blender stops spinning, pour the strawberry layer into a glass and stash it in the freezer while preparing the second layer.
For the chocolate layer, pulse the milk and chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder in the blender first before adding the ice. This prevents any clumps of powder from sticking together and clogging your straw!
Right now, you can buy your own package of Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder packets at Walmart. Use this coupon for a special discount!
To assemble your smoothie, simply pour a little of each layer into a tall tumbler to create the number of stripes you’d like. (This recipe yields almost 16 oz, so make sure you use a big enough glass!) Or if you’re short on time, just stir the two layers together—whatever you feel like!
With our weather pushing 100° this week, I really enjoyed cooling off with this Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie! Between its summery berry flavor and indulgent chocolate taste, I felt refreshed and satisfied from my first sip to my last, and I’m already looking forward to mixing up another one. ♥
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