Valentine’s Day bites the big one unless you’re in a relationship. With chocolate.
Lucky for me, dark chocolate and I have basically been Facebook official for like 24 years now. I mean there aren’t many dessert questions to which chocolate is not the answer.
Chocolate is always the answer. (Especially when it’s salted almond dark chocolate, AKA the best kind.)
I can’t find my socks. Have some chocolate!
I don’t feel like doing my laundry. Have some chocolate!
I have nothing to wear out tonight. Have some chocolate!
I have an ear ache. Have some chocolate!
It’s most definitely NOT a requirement to have a boyfriend in order to indulge in very large amounts of chocolate on V-Day. “V” stands for very large amounts of chocolate, dontchaknow?
So this year, I’m celebrating the single life with a super chocolatey and utterly delish smoothie loaded with vitamin C-packed strawberries. Did you know that one cup of strawberries boasts 160% of the daily value of immune-boosting vitamin C for only eight little grams of sugar?
Eat this for breakfast, eat it for a snack, eat it with very large amounts of chocolate on top. I always add some kind of healthy fat (chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter, avocado, etc.) to my smoothies not only for that critical creamy texture, but also to sneak in some anti-inflammatory goodness early in the day. You could also easily make this more of a smoothie bowl or pudding by reducing the almond milk.
If you happen to know any hunky-nice-fun-smart-honest-funny-foodie men, feel free to send them my way. I’ll totally make them a strawberry chocolate chia smoothie.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1½ tbsp cacao powder
- 1½ tbsp chia seeds
- 3 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1¼ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- If your dates aren't soft, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes prior to blending. Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my nutribullet) and blend until smooth. Sweeten to taste with pure maple syrup, more dates, or stevia if desired.