This cherry smoothie for weight loss with cacao is a nutritious breakfast smoothie full of antioxidants, fiber, fats, protein, and carbohydrates. It is naturally sweet with a touch of tang from plain yogurt and creamy from the banana and oats.
Anyone looking for healthy smoothies that are high in protein and will keep you satiated for hours will love this chocolate cherry smoothie that is high in magnesium and fiber. Both fiber and magnesium are vital for weight loss. This smoothie contains 18 grams of fiber in one serving which is 75 % of the daily recommended fiber intake.
Fiber is essential for gut health, provides satiety with zero calories, and slows down glucose absorption into the bloodstream for steady energy and blood sugar levels. Many people don’t get enough fiber in their diets, but when you start your morning with this nutritious and filling cherry smoothie for weight loss, you are 75% of the way there to meet the minimum dietary fiber requirements.
This healthy cherry smoothie recipe contains some of the top foods high in magnesium, including flax seeds, cacao powder, and banana. As a result, the smoothie has a whopping 404 mg of magnesium which is 100 % of the daily recommended intake!
That being said, most people are deficient in magnesium. Low magnesium levels are associated with insulin resistance and obesity, so you can’t go wrong with getting more than the minimum recommended magnesium intake.
According to Cronometer, the macronutrient ratio in the high protein banana cherry smoothie for weight loss is listed below. Cronometer is a great app for tracking your macro and micronutrients intake.
The first time I made a cherry smoothie with banana, I found it quite sweet and needed something more. And that’s when a chocolate cherry smoothie came to mind. Something about dark cherries combined with cocoa powder seemed like a good idea. And I was right!
My now big baby girl loved this chocolate cherry banana smoothie and was impatiently salivating for it as I made it. While she loves most of my smoothies, this one was a winner in her books.
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Ingredients for the cherry smoothie for weight loss with cocao
- Frozen cherries
- Almond milk
- Cocao powder
- Ground flax seeds
- Plain yogurt
- Hemp seeds
Benefits of this chocolate cherry smoothie for weight loss
This cherry smoothie for weight loss is packed with antioxidants, protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber for gut health, satiety, and blood sugar control.
I used a low-fat plain yogurt in this chocolate cherry smoothie to add a touch of creaminess plus, yogurt is a great source of vitamin B2 and B12. These two nutrients can be more challenging to obtain on a vegetarian diet.
As I eat a primarily plant-based vegetarian diet, I like to include yogurt in my diet as a source of vitamin B2 and B12. These two nutrients are essential for optimal methylation and, thus, a healthy liver and gallbladder to help prevent SIBO. Learn about the connection between MTHFR and SIBO here 😊 and why you need these nutrients.
Cherries are one of the top antioxidant-rich fruits. Intensely pigmented red fruits and vegetables are fantastic for cleansing the lymphatic system. The potent pigments in cherries are excellent for reducing inflammation and scavenging free radicals in the body. Anyone looking for healthy cherry smoothies for weight loss will also love the cherry beet smoothie, which is terrific for liver detox and cleansing the lymphatic system.
Flaxseeds also contain high amounts of anti-inflammatory omega-three fats and are also high in magnesium. Most people do not obtain enough magnesium or omega-three fats in their diet, so be sure to add ground flax seeds to your smoothies to amp up your intake of magnesium and omega-three fats.
Oats provide satiety to make this the best cherry breakfast smoothie to start your day with. Plus, oats are an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, along with vitamin B1, folate, and pantothenic acid. B vitamins and magnesium are essential for energy production, and manganese is the co-factor for the SOD enzyme ( the body’s powerful antioxidant enzyme that combats inflammation in the body)
Cocoa powder is super nutritious and in magnesium and antioxidants. Satisfy the chocolate craving with zero guilt when you use raw cocoa powder mixed with the natural sugars in bananas and cherries to make the best chocolate cherry smoothie for weight loss.
Inflammation and magnesium deficiency are underlying causes of weight gain. This cherry smoothie is full of antioxidants to reduce inflammation and is a great source of magnesium due to the cocoa and banana. The fiber provides satiety to promote weight loss and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Are cherries good for weight loss?
Cherries are an excellent fruit for weight loss primarily due to the anthocyanins found in cherries that reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Cherries have also decreased HbA1C and blood lipids in diabetic women and prevented.
Cherry extracts are rich in anthocyanins, which have been shown to decrease liver triglycerides and prevent the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver in mice fed a high-fat diet. A fatty liver is another underlying cause of weight gain. Thus, the ability of cherry extracts to prevent fatty liver is beneficial for weight loss.
This cherry smoothie for weight loss is one of the best breakfast smoothies made with simple ingredients that will keep you full for hours. It is full of healthy fats and 31 grams of protein, making it a great smoothie to enjoy pre or post-workout!
The cherry smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals, including folate and vitamin B2, to support weight loss for anyone with the MTHFR gene mutation. It contains all the B vitamins and magnesium for optimal methylation and production of SAMe, a crucial compound needed by the body to make phosphatidylcholine to prevent fatty liver. Plus, this smoothie contains choline, another vital nutrient to prevent fatty liver.
The combination of anti-inflammatory compounds plus all the vitamins and minerals that help with liver detoxification provides many health benefits, including weight loss. Healthy eating is easy when you can throw nutrient-dense foods into a blender and have a healthy breakfast smoothie made in 5 minutes that you can take on the go!
Tips and substitutions for making the best chocolate cherry smoothie
I used frozen sweet cherries in this cherry smoothie, but you could use any type of cherries, including tart cherries or fresh cherries.
Fresh or frozen bananas will work in this smoothie. I always like to use at least one frozen fruit to make a chilled smoothie.
If you only use fresh fruit, add a couple of ice cubes instead to make a cold cherry smoothie for weight loss.
I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any non-dairy milk of your choice, such as cashew or oat milk. I don’t recommend coconut milk as it is high in saturated fats, which increase insulin resistance and can hinder weight loss goals.
Regular dairy milk is a common food sensitivity that can cause inflammation and weight gain for many people, so I chose to use non-dairy milk in this recipe.
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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie for Weight Loss
- High speed blender
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend.