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HG's Chocolate-Banana Smoothie
HG's Chocolate-Banana Smoothie

Go Bananas!
Chocolate + banana = AWESOME. This insanely good smoothie recipe is ripped straight from the pages of our #1 New York Times Best Seller Hungry Girl 200 Under 200. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 packet Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets diet hot cocoa mix
1 small ripe banana, sliced and frozen
2 tsp. fat-free non-dairy powdered creamer (like Coffee-mate Fat Free Original)
1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda or Truvia)
1 cup crushed ice or 5 to 8 ice cubes

Directions:
In a tall glass, combine cocoa mix, powdered creamer, chocolate chips, and sweetener. Add 1/4 cup very hot water and stir until ingredients have dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.

Transfer contents of the glass to a blender. Add frozen banana slices and ice. Blend at medium speed until completely mixed. Pour into your glass and enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: entire smoothie
Calories: 164
Fat: 1.5g
Sodium: 160mg
Carbs: 35.5g
Fiber: 3.75g
Sugars: 18g
Protein: 3g

PointsPlus® value 4*

Red Lobster's Banana Bay Chocolate Sail Away Smoothie
Red Lobster's Banana Bay Chocolate Sail Away Smoothie

Not So Smooth
Smoothies typically fall into our "food fakers" category, meaning they sound like they should be healthy but they're really not. Think about it. The word "smoothie" conjures up images of fruit and other natural stuff that's low in calories, all blended up into a ginormous cup of health. In reality, you get a scoop of this, a splash of that, and a LOT of fat and sugar. For instance, if you think you're doing yourself a favor by ordering Red Lobster's Banana Bay Chocolate Sail Away Smoothie instead of a frozen cocktail, you're only fooling yourself. That crazy thing has 460 calories and 14g fat -- and it's just a DRINK. Don't think that other chocolate-banana shakes and smoothies are much better... they're SO not. Now dust off your blender and get ready for a super-creamy, choco-rific smoothie surprise. See? We're full of good ideas. And soon YOU'LL be full of freezy chocolate-banana goodness.

Serving Size: entire smoothie
Calories: 460
Fat: 14g
Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 78g
Fiber: n.a.
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: n.a.

PointsPlus® value of at least 12*

CHEW ON THIS:
Welcome to Day 30 of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, a.k.a. June. We like to make fresh-fruit smoothies... but sometimes we let cocoa tag along. Whip up our Chocolate-Banana Smoothie and get your smoothie fix!
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