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I’m Jen Hansard, mom of two and lover of green smoothies, coffee & tacos. 
I transformed my family's health with a plant-powered diet while broke and without health insurance. Since then, I've helped 1 million+ families do it too!

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Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie


My weight loss smoothie recipe is the second episode from our new wellness series called Fuel your Metabolism— where I’ll show you how to boost your metabolism using plant-based whole foods.

The #1 question I get at Simple Green Smoothies is…

Will a smoothie help me lose weight?

There are TONS of smoothies and shakes out there claiming to do this, but forget the labels and ads… and think about what’s gonna work for YOU

When it comes to a weight loss smoothie, it’s gotta hit 3 things for me to call it a winner:

  1. It must be affordable to continue doing this every single day.
  2. It has to deliver the results it promises: boost my metabolism, keep me full and not hangry, actually nourish my body, etc).
  3. It’s gotta taste great (and not be loaded with tons of sugars, artificial flavors or “fake sugars” to trick your tastebuds and ravage your cravings). I want to crave this day after day and feel better when I have it!

The recipe I’m sharing here helped me lose 7 pounds when I was a young exhausted mom of 2 under 4…with no energy and a few post baby (by a few generous years) extra pounds I needed to lose. They say “you’ve gotta exercise to lose the weight”, but when you’re too tired to do that— you’ve gotta try something else. And this is the secret sauce to jump start my energy levels and my weight loss journey.

Homemade metabolism boost shake

Today, I want to share a weight loss smoothie that I’ve been using as a breakfast meal replacement smoothie. And yes, it’s a green smoothie because these are the BEST way I’ve found to lose weight naturally AND feel great while doing it.

Unlike most “weight loss smoothies” (which require expensive powders, artificial ingredients and taste chalky and nasty… and leave you hungry) this one is the complete opposite. It truly tastes good and is good for you. You can drink they smoothie every morning for breakfast, which is a great way to set a healthy routine for your day.

I’ve also had this for lunch as a meal replacement smoothie too. Some days I just don’t have time to make lunch and a quick smoothie is the way to go. Other days, I’ll sip this down while doing dishes, driving the kids to practice, running errands, after a long trail run, you name it— the beauty of a smoothie is you can “eat and run.”

Top weight loss foods to blend

If leaning up if your goal, the ingredients you use in your smoothie can work against you… or for you. I’m gonna break down the ones I used in this smoothie to help you see WHY I used them to hit my summer body goals: turn my fat into muscle and have the energy to workout.

Spinach: Full of phytonutrients and fiber to minimize any blood sugar spikes from the natural sugars in the smoothie. 

Almond milk: Contains a little bit of protein and promotes a creamy smoothie base. 

Banana: Adds a little natural sweetness to give you an energy boost.

Almond butter: Curbs your appetite and helps your digestive system

Cacao powder: Boosts your energy levels and metabolism

Hemp hearts: Have twice as much protein as chia seeds.

Cinnamon: helps regulate your blood glucose levels. The last thing you want from your smoothie is a sugar rush, which can give you quick energy and then have you crash real hard. 

Cayenne pepper: Helps curb your appetite and boost you metabolism naturally. 

Weight Loss smoothie as a meal replacement

Chocolate Weight Loss Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 7
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: healthy
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: smoothie


This weight loss smoothie uses all natural ingredients to kick start your metabolism and burn fat. We’re using all plant-based ingredients to get you the results you want for your life!



1 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1 cup fresh baby spinach

1/2 banana

2 TBS cacao powder

2 TBS almond butter

1 TBS hemp hearts

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash cayenne pepper


  1. Add 1 heaping handful of spinach (about 1 cup) to the blender.
  2. Next, add unsweetened almond milk and blend until all leafy chunks are gone.
  3. Peel and add 1/2 banana to add a little sweetness and natural sugars to give you an energy boost.
Scoop almond butter  into the blender to add in healthy fats and protein.
  5. Next, add the cacao powder, which is really gonna get your energy soaring and metabolism burning thanks to the caffeine that is naturally present. 
  6. Pour in hemp hearts, which have twice as much protein as chia seeds.
Next we’re going to add a tsp of cinnamon which can help regulate your blood glucose levels.

  8. Last, add in a pinch of cayenne pepper, which helps curb your appetite and boost you metabolism naturally. 
Blend everything up in the blender well and serve.


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. 

Keywords: weight loss smoothie, meal replacement smoothie, metabolism smoothie, fat burn smoothie

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  1. Dieta says:

    Love it….weight loss including chocolate….my husband is hooked….lol

  2. Joy Spencer says:

    The first time I made this, it tasted awful! I don’t know what I did wrong. I now have it every morning and love it.
    Who knew how delicious almond butter is compared to peanut butter! Loving this recipe!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I agree, Joy. Once I tasted almond butter, I never wanted to go back to peanut butter!

  3. Joy says:

    I tried this today, it’s not as delicious as it sounds, I like the idea of the warm almond milk..I’m also hoping for the metabolism boost so I’m going to give it another try tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. deborah says:

    This is in my regular rotation now. I am going to prep a lot of bags. It has a lot of my favorites and who doesn’t like chocolate and bananas together?

  5. Prerana Pathak says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! This sounds super easy and doable. Im wondering what the serving size is?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This recipe yields 2 cups or about 16 ounces, which is one serving of smoothie deliciousness!

      • unknown says:

        how much calories are in a serving?

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        We don’t have calories listed for this one but you could use something like My Fitness Pal to help you figure that out. 🙂

  6. LEILA says:

    Right now, November in I prefer warm smoothies. I don’t feel like cold when its cold outside. So I use warm almond milk and let my vitamix run a little longer. Yummy and warm

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That sounds so delicious! I am the same way I love drinking warm things during the cold months 🙂

  7. Janice says:

    Would it be ok to swap out the hemp hearts for flaxseeds? I have never used hemp hearts before, what is the difference, benefit -wise, between the two?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Janice,

      You can totally swap the seeds if you would prefer that. The difference is flaxseeds have a lot more omega 3 fatty acid in them then hemp hearts and hemp hearts have a lot more protein in them then flaxseeds.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Lacey says:

    Can chocolate protein powder be a subsitute for cacao powder?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Lacey,

      If you prefer the chocolate protein powder then you can definitely add that as a substitute!!

  9. Joanna Underhill says:

    Try as I might, I just do not love cinnamon. I’ve made this smoothie and it’s ok but I know I’d really enjoy it without the cinnamon. Any recommendations for a substitute with similar benefits?

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