Monday, October 16, 2017

#Choctoberfest Welcome Post - Low-Carb Blueberry-Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie (Sponsored by Barlean's!)


Today is the official start of #Choctoberfest! This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar (and other sponsors listed below). More than 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting more than 200 chocolate recipes over the next week to satisfy your sweet tooth (or your savory tooth in some cases!) 

Visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, for chocolate recipes all year long. 

Also, you can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack, thanks to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:
  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean's
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen
This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget:

a Rafflecopter giveaway Stay tuned to see what delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean's products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors!

Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week: The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor's AdventuresBody RebootedCindy's Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin' For TasteJane's Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren's Kitchen StoriesKate's Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour's Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n' CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook's HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah's Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine ♥ A Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good Life

Even though it might seem counterintuitive, my first #Choctoberfest recipe is a healthy one!  A few years ago, a diabetes writer I've met a few times and love, love, love, Ginger Vieira, posted a recipe for a healthy breakfast smoothie she drank almost every day when she was pregnant with her first kid.  (She's got 2 now!  Take that, Type 1 diabetes!)

I've made this smoothie pretty regularly since getting the recipe, and the #Choctoberfest sponsor, Barlean's, gave me some great ingredients to include while giving you guys the recipes.

Since Ginger is a bodybuilder from way back, the original recipe included chocolate-flavored protein powder.  One of the items Barlean's included in their sponsorship package was a canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, which is a protein powder-like thing full of fruit and veggie antioxidants.  They recommend it either hot or cold (cold in this case!), and there's no added sugar, which is perfect for a low-carb recipe. 

The original recipe only had 4 ingredients, but in the package Barlean's sent me, I found another item that I thought would be an interesting addition to this smoothie:  the Essential Woman Omega Swirl in Mint Chocolate.

It includes emulsified flax oil that fits in great with the texture of a smoothie, and the chocolate mint flavor comes from all-natural ingredients.  This stuff can be used in smoothies like this one, in yogurt, in oatmeal, or even on ice cream.

I'll tell you honestly (and I'm always honest, even in #sponsoredposts), that when I took the first sip of this with the addition of the Omega Swirl, I wasn't convinced that mint went along with blueberries and chocolate, but as I continued drinking it, I decided it was a good plan.  If you don't have the stuff, though, it's OK.  You'll still make an awesome smoothie!

Make sure to check out the bloggers listed above for #Choctoberfest, and I hope you'll be back for the recipes I'll be posting the rest of the week, Tuesday through Friday!

Blueberry-Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
Serves 1
Recipe from Ginger Vieria, sponsored by Barlean's


1 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tbsp. nut butter (I prefer almond butter, but I used peanut butter this time)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens this time)
Almond milk to cover the above ingredients
Optional:  1 Tbsp. Essential Woman Omega Swirl in Mint Chocolate

Add blueberries, nut butter, powder, and Omega Swirl (if using) to a blender or blender cup.

Cover ingredients with almond milk.

Blend ingredients until smoothie reaches desired consistency.  Add more almond milk if the mixture is too thick.

Enjoy as a low-carb breakfast!

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