While there is no miracle smoothie or food that will magically kick-start weight loss, there are foods you can eat to boost your metabolism and help you feel full longer, like my weight loss protein smoothie.
This recipe uses whole food, plant-based ingredients that will give you the nutrients you need to conquer your day. I use this smoothie as a breakfast meal replacement smoothie for a few reasons.
It’s high in protein and healthy fat so I start the day full and satisfied. Cacao powder also gives this weight loss protein smoothie natural caffeine to wake me up, a bonus on busy mornings.
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Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie Ingredients
I’m using a slightly unique list of ingredients to whip up this deliciously filling smoothie. They are designed to wake up your metabolism and bring you natural energy to start your day.
Unlike most “weight loss smoothies” (filled with cheap proteins, artificial ingredients, taste chalky and leave you hungry) this one is the complete opposite. It truly tastes good and is good for you. Here’s what I’m blending:
- Unsweetened almond milk:
- Spinach: This superfood is a staple in most of my smoothies since spinach contains fiber, protein, iron, calcium and so much more. Bonus—you don’t even know it’s there!
- Banana: An easy way to naturally sweeten a smoothie and bring out the creaminess.
- Cacao powder: surprisingly, cacao can help regulate appetite and aid in weight loss… and who doesn’t want to sip on a chocolate smoothie.
- Almond butter: Full of healthy fat and adds a lovely nutty flavor to this smoothie.
- Hemp hearts: High in protein, healthy fat and fiber.
- Ground cinnamon: Helps regulate blood sugar, which is linked to an optimally functioning metabolism.
- Cayenne pepper: Helps improve digestion by promoting the breakdown of food in the stomach.
If you read through the ingredient list and got caught on one or two ingredients then let’s fix it to make this smoothie work for you.
Almond butter can be swapped with the nut butter of your choice. Hemp hearts can be swapped with chia seeds or a plant-based protein powder.
Swap spinach with the leafy green of your choice. Can’t find cacao powder? Then use unsweetened cocoa powder. Use the plant-based milk of your choice. Each kind can offer different nutrients and even a bit more protein than the almond milk used in this recipe.
Chocolate Protein Smoothie Recipe
The beauty of a smoothie is that you can “eat and run.” I call it the world’s healthiest fast food because you can get a delicious, fast meal in five minutes! Blending this smoothie is super easy, yet I like to do it in two steps to ensure I always get the smoothest result.
- Blend together the almond milk and spinach until there are no leafy chunks left. If you need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides to achieve this then go for it.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
Pro Tips: Use a frozen banana to cool down this smoothie, or pour over ice after blending for a refreshingly cool smoothie. This will last up to 24 hours in the fridge so feel free to make two servings and save one for tomorrow.
Weight Loss Protein Smoothie FAQs
They can be, yet make sure your smoothies are full of some key things: healthy fat, protein and whole food ingredients. Ditch the weird powders and fancy supplements and stick to smoothies made with only real ingredients. I make sure every protein smoothie I drink has healthy fats, protein from plant-based sources and only natural sugar from fruits and vegetables.
If you are using a protein shake as a meal replacement, or really anytime, make sure it has a good balance of carbs, fat and protein. Your body needs healthy fat to function fully and surprise, it actually helps you stay full longer! A good amount of protein in each meal will also help fill you up, and help process the natural carbs.
If two smoothies a day works for you, go for it. Make sure you focus on a variety of ingredients in those drinks so you get the most nutrients you can. I like swapping up my leafy greens on a regular basis as well as using a wide variety of produce. This way my body gets all the vitamins, minerals and more that it needs to thrive.
More Weight Loss Shakes
If you loved this filling smoothie then I’ve got even more great recipes to add to your meals.
- Meal Replacement Smoothie: This is my go-to lunch, knowing I won’t feel hungry or have a sugar crash 30 minutes later.
- Vanilla Protein Shake: I love this smooth shake and how full I feel after finishing it.
- Flaxseed Smoothie: This is a great smoothie for those mornings when you need to “get things moving,” if you know what I mean. And it tastes delicious.
- Caramel Protein Shake: For those that like a sweeter start to their day, this is the perfect morning beverage. It’s creamy, thick and protein-rich.
Don’t forget to rate + review this smoothie once you’ve made it. I love getting all your feedback!
Chocolate Weight Loss Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
- 1 cup spinach fresh
- ½ banana
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tsp cinnamon ground
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- Add leafy greens and liquid to blender, blend until all chunks are gone.
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- If you prefer your smoothies extra cold, feel free to pour smoothie over a glass of ice.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy.
- Swap almond milk with the unsweetened plant-based milk of your choice.
- Swap almond butter with nut or seed butter of your choice.
- Swap spinach with any leafy greens you want.
While I don’t make this for “weight loss” purposes, I make this on repeat! It’s super filling and a nice little kick of caffeine without having coffee.
Hi Liv! This is one of my faves too, sooo filling! If you like this one, check out our other smoothie recipes as well!