Healthy Mocha Protein Smoothie

I have been starting to keep track of my food in My Fitness Pal for the last couple of weeks since I’ve gone back to more serious training.

When I track my macro nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), I am always low in the protein category. I don’t normally eat a lot of meat (although I’ve eaten more now since tracking my food), so I sometimes resort to protein drinks.

The other afternoon I was craving my afternoon (decaf) iced coffee, but I also wanted something sweet and more filling than coffee.

So I thought: coffee + chocolate in an cold drink form sounds amazing! You can’t go wrong with a healthy mocha smoothie! I added a banana since bananas always taste good in a smoothie, and I threw my collagen peptides in there as well since I hadn’t had them for the day.

I surprised myself with how good this was! It was creamy, smooth, full of flavor, and you can’t beat the mocha taste! Make this now, you won’t regret it, and it is full of good things.

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 banana

1 cup ice

2 espresso shots (*see note)

2 scoops chocolate protein powder

2 scoops collagen peptides

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until combined and all ice chunks are gone.

*Note: I make a concentrated amount of coffee in my French press. I use 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds + 4 oz. of hot water and then let it steep for several minutes for one shot of coffee.

I used this Orgain Organic Chocolate from Costco, but you can also get it on Amazon through the link. It isn’t so great on its own, but in a smoothie or my protein balls it tastes much better!

Collagen is the new superfood. Everyone seems to be using it! I have been using the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for a couple of months now, and I want to rave about the product like everyone else and say it has done wonders for my skin, hair, and nails, but to be honest, it is hard to tell if it has helped in anyway. I think my hair might be growing faster, but it is hard to tell. I wonder if I stopped taking it, then I would notice whether or not it affected my hair, skin, or nails. I figure it can’t hurt though!

Question

Anyone tried the collagen peptides? Have you noticed any changes?

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