Tara Gidus

Healthy Cure for Your Sweet Tooth

I have a weakness for dark chocolate and peanut butter, and while I am a firm believer in all things in moderation I do indulge that chocolate craving. When I'm training hard for an upcoming runDisney race and want to fuel my body with as many whole foods as possible, I seek other ways to get my chocolate fix.

And this Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie does the trick. This smoothie has natural sweetness from the dates, which by the way are also a great source of potassium, an electrolyte lost through sweat. And let's talk about protein. The trio of peanuts, milk, and protein powder pack a big protein punch, as this smoothie clocks in over 30 grams of protein for only 325 calories. Major win in my book!

What are you waiting for, go make this smoothie now! What is your favorite healthy way to cure your sweet tooth? Questions or comments, tweet me @DietDivaTara.

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Makes: 1 smoothie

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, no sugar added
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • 1½-2 cups ice

Place milk, cocoa, peanut butter, protein powder, and date in high-powered blender then process until mixture is smooth. Add ice and blend until creamy.

NUTRITION FACTS: 325 calories, 8g fat, 41g carbohydrate, 240mg sodium, 6g fiber, 30g sugar, 31g protein

Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.