“Great mocha flavor, with a nice little energy boost. Perfect drink to get me going first thing in the morning. Carries me right through until lunchtime.”~ JT
Espresso D-Lite Mocha, a copycat Smoothie King recipe, is a breakfast coffee-based energy shake, sporting 160 mg of espresso bean caffeine and a scoop of protein powder to put a little pep in your step first thing in the morning. Energizing coffee and cacao paired mocha, in a creamy cool nonfat milk and frozen yogurt base. Just the beverage to perk you up, put a smile on your face, and keep your tummy satiated until it’s time for lunch.
Everything You Need
The Smoothie King Espresso D-Lite Mocha ingredients are:
- nonfat frozen yogurt
- cacao powder
- whey protein powder
Espresso – Coffee is widely used for its ability to enhance focus and provide an energy boost. It contains the central nervous system stimulant caffeine which increases energy levels and reduces fatigue. Coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Milk – Milk, mainly from cows, sheep, and goats, has been consumed through out the world for thousands of years. It is protein-rich and packed with important nutrients including, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and selenium. Milk is known to benefit bone health and may prevent osteoporosis.
Nonfat Frozen Yogurt – Nonfat frozen yogurt is often hailed as a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream. It includes yogurt culture probiotics lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus and is often made with agave nectar instead of high-calorie sugar. Nonfat frozen yogurt is a common choice among those wanting to reduce their caloric intake.
Cacao – Cacao powder, commonly used as a base ingredient for chocolate, is made by grinding up coco beans and removing the fat. Its main health benefit comes from an abundance of polyphenols, a naturally occurring group of antioxidants. Cacao powder is a heart-healthy ingredient, known to reduce high blood pressure, improve blood flow to your brain, lower the risk of stroke, and improve Type 2 diabetes symptoms.
Turbinado – Turbinado is organically grown, partially refined “raw” sugar. It is similar to refined white sugar in calories and carbohydrates and, although marketed as such, is not a sugar substitute. Turbinado provides little, if any, additional health benefit.
Whey Protein Powder – Whey protein powder is the most highly studied nutritional supplement readily available, providing great nutritional value and numerous health benefits. In addition to high quality protein, it also contains bioactive peptides called lactokinins. Whey protein powder promotes muscle growth and maintenance, helps lower blood pressure, can lessen the effects of Type 2 diabetes, and reduces inflammation.
A standard blender is all that is required to make these delicious smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using the truly amazing personal NutriBullet Ultra as it is super-quick to set up and very easy to clean.
If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Vitamix blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.
For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.
How To Make The Smoothie King Espresso D-Lite Mocha
The Smoothie King Espresso D-Lite Mocha is very easy to make:
- Step 1: Place espresso, nonfat milk, vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt, cacao, turbinado, whey protein powder, and ice into a blender and secure the lid.
- Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
Recipe Tips And Substitutions
Almond milk or soy milk can be substituted for the whole milk to make this delicious smoothie dairy-free.
- Place espresso, vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt, nonfat milk, cacao, turbinado, whey protein powder, and ice into a blender and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
- Almond milk or soy milk can be substituted for the whole milk to make this delicious smoothie dairy-free.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 484mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 4gSugar: 93gProtein: 51g
Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions
How much caffeine is in a shot of espresso?
The amount of caffeine in a double espresso can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of beans used, the roast level, and the serving size. Generally speaking, a double espresso made with one ounce (30 mL) of espresso coffee will contain around 60-80 mg of caffeine.
Is protein powder good for you?
Protein powder can be a convenient and tasty way to increase your protein intake. It can be especially helpful for people who have trouble getting enough protein from food alone, such as vegans or older adults.
More Smoothie King Recipes
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