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Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie with Cacao Nibs ~ Quick and Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Updated on September 8, 2017
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My husband & I are what could be called "foodies." We enjoy sampling & discovering new & different foods from all areas of the world.

Smoothie with fruit, yogurt & cacao nibs
Smoothie with fruit, yogurt & cacao nibs | Source

Easy Breakfast Recipe

On weekends my husband and I often have a larger breakfast in the late morning. I guess it could more accurately be called brunch. That is when we have our omelets or Mexican styled entrees such as Huevos Rancheros and other treats.

Most weekday mornings we start our day with the smell of a fresh pot of dark roast coffee scenting the air and after a cup or so we are ready to have a bite to eat.

We often purchase our fresh fruit at Costco. Anyone familiar with that membership store knows that portions are generally quite large.

The strawberries come in 4 pound (64 oz. or 1.8 kg) containers as just one example. We most often choose to have strawberries in our home as well as apples. We then alternate the other fruits such as blueberries, cantaloupes, peaches and the many other offerings depending upon what is available and seasonally fresh.

Fresh strawberries
Fresh strawberries | Source

For quite some time now I have been cutting up the fresh fruit. I then add it to a bowl and top it with Greek yogurt, a sprinkling of raw organic cacao nibs and a few slivered almonds. This makes for a delicious and healthy way to start our day.

I have been doing this ever since viewing a Dr. Oz television show touting the nutritional aspects of this natural food (see below for more details.)

We had a bit too much fruit in the house at one point and I did not want the strawberries to end up on our compost pile (other than the stems and leaves) so thought that I would haul out and utilize our blender.

After creating this recipe from things we had on hand, this fruit and yogurt smoothie has become a favorite and has been repeated many times. I thought that others might wish to know of this specific tasty combination. That is why this article posted here has come to fruition.

Ingredients needed to make this smoothie with the exception of 1 egg
Ingredients needed to make this smoothie with the exception of 1 egg | Source

Ingredients to make this Simple and Healthful Fruited Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

  • 4 cups Strawberries, halved
  • 1 medium to large Apple, (I used a Pink Lady Apple)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao Nibs, (raw and organic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond extract (or Vanilla extract)
Pink Lady Apple
Pink Lady Apple | Source
Cacao Nibs
Cacao Nibs | Source
Package of cacao nibs
Package of cacao nibs | Source

In a hurry? This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare!

  1. Wash the strawberries and apple.
  2. Remove the stem from the strawberries, cut them in half and put them into your food blender.
  3. Core the apple removing the seeds and cut it into chunks adding it to the blender. Keep the peel on for more nutritional value.
  4. Add the 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk to the blender and start to blend to make a bit more room in the blender for the remaining ingredients.
  5. Add the egg, Greek yogurt and almond extract (or vanilla extract if you prefer) to the blender as well as the tablespoon of cacao nibs.
  6. Blenderize the ingredients on high until liquified. I end up using the highest setting which is Frappe on our blender.
  7. Finally add a few ice cubes for a final blending. Your healthful smoothie should be a pale pink color with specks of the strawberry seeds and hints of the pulverized darker cacao nibs suspended in the delectible looking slightly frothy liquid.
  8. Pour into glasses directly from the blender plain or over more ice if preferred frosty and more chilled.
  9. Cheers to your good health as you drink this nutritious sweet tasting healthy breakfast or anytime of the day quick and easy meal or between meal treat.

Using our Food Blender

Strawberries and apple in the blender
Strawberries and apple in the blender | Source
Blenderizing all the ingredients together.
Blenderizing all the ingredients together. | Source

Prep and Cook Time is Really Speedy!

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: Serves four people one cup ( 8 ounce) servings

Nutrition for this Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup ( 8 oz.)
Calories 150
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 16 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 49 mg16%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Cacao Nibs

Until watching that Dr. Oz television show, I had no idea of all the health benefits of introducing raw organic cacao nibs into our diet. Believe it or not, the particular show that I was watching had to do mostly with weight loss strategies. I'll admit to needing a bit of help in that department so I made some notes.

It turns out that raw organic cacao nibs help to diminish appetite. Now hold on! That doesn't mean that you can eat a mountain of cacao nibs and suddenly the extra pounds miraculously melt away. Unfortunately it is not quite that easy!

Cacao nibs like most foods have calories that must be taken into consideration. No magic bullet there! If eaten in moderation and added to things like smoothies, oatmeal, trail mixes and the like it can apparently help.

Dr. Oz
Dr. Oz | Source

Disclaimer: Talk to your doctor or medical professional regarding the health benefits of consuming cacao nibs in your diet. This is in no way deemed to be medical advice.

Organic Foods

That is not the only reason to consider adding raw organic cacao nibs to one's diet. In fact it is considered to be one of the so called "super foods" just like blueberries.

It contains an abundance of antioxidants. Most people already know that antioxidants can do all sorts of wondrous things. Here are a few examples:

  • Potentially preventing heart disease
  • Preventing some types of cancer
  • Slowing down age related macular degeneration which can cause blindness and other things because of its effect on fighting free radicals in our bodies which can cause mayhem.

Studies are continually being conducted and antioxidants derived from food sources often come out as a top preventative measure verses taking supplements. If they taste good like blueberries, dark chocolate, red wine or green tea so much the better!

Cacao nibs have even more antioxidants than the foods and drinks mentioned. They have up to double or triple the amount.

These little nibs are also a rich source of magnesium and other minerals important to our health. Because of the various properties associated with nutrients in cacao nibs we can expect to sometimes see effects such as these:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved moods
  • Decreases in blood pressure
  • Improved digestion and more.

Cacao nibs have no sugar unlike chocolate where sugar is added. So they are not what you might think if tasting them for the first time.

They have a slight dark chocolate bitter taste which not unpleasant in flavor. I would not choose to eat them just as they are. Combining them with other things which have some natural sweetness is the way to go in my opinion.

In reading several reports regarding cacao nibs along with hearing about them on the Dr. Oz show, they are now a part of our home pantry staples.

I may never be a Wonder Woman (anyone remember that TV show?) but I plan to keep eating some of the super foods such as cacao nibs, blueberries and the like. Undoubtedly some of the super foods gave her some of her super human strength and endurance.

I can dream, can't I? Haha!

A little Wonder Woman Mix (I am guessing that she probably ate Cacao Nibs.)

Here is hoping that you enjoy my recipe for this delicious and super healthy fruit and yogurt smoothie that I have been making on a regular basis for a quick and easy breakfast. What could be easier?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Our temperature was also 98 today and is reported to reach 100 on Sunday. All I know that it is sizzling hot! Staying indoors most of the time this time of year. Glad you liked this smoothie recipe and thanks for the share. Just purchased some fresh strawberries at Costco today and we always have Greek yogurt in the house. May have to whip up another smoothie soon. :)

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This looks and sounds like it would be a great cool snack too, not just for breakfast. With the cool (as in temperature) ingredients listed I think it would be a great snack that a person wouldn't have to feel guilty about because it so healthful.

      Pinning this to Awesome HubPages and sharing again.

      So hot here again today. 98 and rising. Looks like the humidity is low. We have had a THI as high as 11 degrees, but thankfully not today. Hope you are staying cool down there.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      I know of no exact substitute for cacao nibs but this smoothie recipe would be a good tasting and healthy one even without that addition.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Can't find cacao nibs here, any subs?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      Yes...Wonder Woman was a beauty, wasn't she!

      I may not be a daredevil about some things...but I'll risk the raw egg in smoothies and Caesar salads and the like. Actually my hubby now makes a Caesar salad dressing that is just as good as the original but without the raw egg. It is from a Rachel Ray recipe. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Wonder Woman dreams aside (haha) this type of smoothie certainly is a good start for the day. Enjoy your fresh berries no matter how you choose to eat them. Appreciate the votes and shares. Hoping you have a wonderful day today!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Now I remember why I used to have a crush on wonder woman. Beautiful! Now what was that other thing?

      I am not sure about the raw egg. I heard some folks like to rub raw eggs on their faces. But I do like smoothies.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Of course you can..dream that is....Wonder Women..one and all.

      This sounds like a perfectly lovely way to begin a day. And I have an abundance of berries on hand so one of these is in my near future.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Pinning to Good things to eat

      Shared and voted up

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Au fait. Enjoy this nutritious and tasty smoothie with my blessings. Thanks for the pin and share.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This great breakfast drink is already pinned to my 'Drinks' board and now I'm going to pin it to Awesome Hubpages. Also sharing with my followers.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello brakel2,

      Cherries would be delicious in a smoothie. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello More,

      Glad it worked out for you in the end. Thanks for your comment.

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      Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Peggy. Your smoothie sounds delicious, and I am a yogurt fan. We often make smoothies and will give this one a try. The carob sounds like a nutritious ingredient. We have become fond of cherries recently. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Audrey

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      More 4 years ago

      I've made this with varying lelevs of success thanks (no thanks!) to my crappy Hamilton Beach blender. The other day I tried it with an immersion blender and wow! It went super smooth almost instantly! I reduced the amount of water and put all the ingredients in the plastic cup that came with my immersion blender. A few seconds later, when it was super smooth (I was *shocked*! I've let the same mixture run in my regular blender for five minutes and it still came out chunky), and then poured it over ice in my regular blender to make a milkshake-ish drink. Dee-licious!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad that you liked this Suzanne.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Tweeting, Pinning and Facebooking! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      This smoothie...or ones like it...make for a quick and nutritious breakfast. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Sounds and looks quick, easy, delicious and nutritious! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maralexa,

      So happy to know that you will be trying this fruit and yogurt smoothie with the cacao nibs and almond milk. Appreciate all of your votes and comment.

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      Marilyn Alexander 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Peggy, this is a super hub! I love the smoothie you show us here. It look delicious. Thanks so much for this recipe plus the others you mention. I think I might try almond milk instead of the skim (cow's) milk I drink now. So thanks for the tip.

      Voted up (of course!), awesome, beautiful, and useful.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      We add a sprinkling of the cocoa nibs to most of our smoothies no matter what type of fruit and yogurt combination we are using. Always good! Thanks for your comment.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This sounds so good ..a smoothie in the morning is such a great way to begin the day. It is a nice light way to begin. The cacao nibs are an interesting twist.

      Thanks for sharing this...it is one to try for sure.

      Sending you Angels this evenng :) ps

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      I am no saint when it comes to always eating correctly...but I try. Smoothies like this help get the day started out right. I have switched to drinking almond milk almost exclusively over cow's milk. I like the taste and I buy the unsweetened which only has 40 calories per cup. Nice! My hubby still prefers his 1% organic cows milk. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      You always have such great recipes Peggy. Ypu also appear to look after yourself as far as diet goes at least :) It is good when you can enjoy food and it is good for you too. I like almond milk on cereal by the way

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Crystal Tatum,

      Cacao nibs are not a yummy chocolate flavor like you might be thinking. Definitely not sweet, but the health benefits make them worth incorporating into one's diet according to the Dr. Oz show. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, this sounds delicious! I have never heard of cacao nibs before now. I'm interested to learn more about this food thanks to your hub. I need to avoid sugar for health reasons, so if these provide a chocolate flavor without the sugar, then they may be what I've been looking for! Thanks and voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Isn't the Internet and especially HubPages great! We can continually learn new things...like the health benefits of cacao nibs in this instance which I incorporated into a fruit and yogurt smoothie. I think that you will like it if you give it a try. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi midget38,

      I made a very similar fruit and yogurt smoothie using cacao nibs just this morning. Great and healthy way to start one's day! Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Never heard of 'em. Well, not until now. How interesting. And what a lovely Hub. I vote awesome. Shared!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the pointers on Cacao Nibs, Peggy! Looks like a wonderful recipe to try! Thanks for sharing, and I share this as well.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      Nice to know where most cocoa is grown, and right in where you are currently living! Enjoy your cacao nibs in smoothies and however else you decide to use them. Perhaps a sprinkling of them over oatmeal? Thanks for your comment.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've been dying to get my hands on cacao nibs, and especially so after seeing your beautiful smoothie recipe! We have all the ingredients here, so I can't wait to try it. I would've never thought to combine these, but I know it will be delicious and healthy. Cacao is grown in Peru. We're heading to Cusco soon, so I'm going to bring back as much cacao as possible! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Melovy,

      There are probably many other ways to use cacao nibs, but this fruit and yogurt smoothie recipe makes it easy to incorporate them into a daily meal. Other types of fruit can be used in place of strawberries once they are no longer available in your area. Just experiment! It is all good! :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I saw cacao nibs in my local organic store only yesterday and wondered what you did with them. Now I know! Strawberries are nearly at the end of their season in Scotland, but they are still available, so I will definitely give this recipe a go very soon. Thanks for sharing this and I love that you've included lots of information about cacao nibs.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kashmir56,

      Cheers to your good health! Thanks for your comment and the share on this quick and easy fruit and yogurt smoothie recipe. It is yummy and a great way to start the day!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a great morning recipe and so good and healthy has well .

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi doodlebugs,

      If you are on a health kick, this smoothie recipe should be "right up your alley" so-to-speak. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sunnie Day,

      It is a pleasure to be able to share this great tasting and healthy smoothie recipe with you. Enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi barbergirl,

      The cocoa nibs are not going to give it a chocolaty taste like you might think, but they are good for one according to Dr. Oz. So give them a try. Hope you enjoy this smoothie. Thanks for your comment.

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      doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

      I'm currently on a health kick and I will give this recipe a try. Thanks for the great Hub!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      This looks so yummy. I love smoothies..Thank you for sharing Peggy.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      That sounds delicious! I am a big fan of smoothies and shakes and this one sounds excellent. Especially because it is chocolaty. I am going to have to look for those Cocao nibs. I haven't seen them, but then again, I have never really looked either!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for all of your votes on this easy to make and delicious fruit and yogurt smoothie. Yes...it makes breakfast fast and nutritious as well. Appreciate your comment.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      What a great idea for people in a hurry to still have a nutritious breakfast! Voted you up, useful, and awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sujithbeta,

      You are most welcome. Hope that you will enjoy this smoothie recipe as much as we often do. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello unknown spy,

      That is one nice thing about making smoothies. They are all quick and easy no matter what ingredients are being utilized. Thanks for your comment on this one using fruit, yogurt + other ingredients.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      So happy to hear that you liked this healthy fruit & yogurt smoothie recipe. Good luck on your search for the raw organic cocoa nibs. If you can't find them locally, you can always find them online and have them shipped to you. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      Sreejith k 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Looks delicious. Thanks you Peggy for sharing such an nice recipe

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Whew! that was amazing smoothie..quick and so easy to prepare.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! A healthy, easy-to-make and tasty smoothie recipe! I am fond of smoothies, especially fresh fruit smoothies. I also like yoghurt and it is an important part of my country's cuisine. This is the first time I have heard about raw organic cacao nibs thanks to you. I will search for this product in certain stores that sell organic imported foods. An engaging recipe hub! Thank you for sharing your yummy smoothie recipe with us. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      If I hadn't watched that Dr. Oz show, it may have been more time before I would have become familiar with the health benefits of using cacao nibs. Glad that I could introduce it to you. Thanks for your comment and here is to good health!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I have never heard of cacao nibs. I love smoothies with yogurt now I know there is something else I should add to mine. Thanks for sharing that. Voted Up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi BethDW,

      I could echo your sentence: "I had no idea that raw cacao could help manage appetite! " One can learn amazing things sometimes by watching the Dr. Oz show! Now everyone reading this smoothie hub will know about the appetite suppressing effects and other nutrients gained by incorporating some raw organic cacao nibs into diets. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mekenzie,

      No, the cacao nibs do not give this fruit and yogurt smoothie a chocolate taste. So we are simply adding it for the added nutritional value, antioxidants, etc. When we sprinkle it lightly over sliced fruit and yogurt and eat it that way, it gives a crunchy bite to the dish. The fruit of the day is still the main flavor along with the yogurt. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Modern Lady,

      Enjoy your future smoothies with cacao nibs and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ChristyWrites,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed this breakfast smoothie recipe. Appreciate your comment.

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      BethDW 5 years ago

      This looks super tasty, and I had no idea that raw cacao could help manage appetite! Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Peggy, you've just given me some more smoothie recipes. I just finished a hub on smoothies myself. Tell me this, when you add the cacao nibs to a smoothie does it taste like chocolate?

      Great hub with awesome pictures and nutritional information. Nice to find another whole food organic food nut. :0)

      Voted Up and Awesome!

      Mekenzie

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This looks delicious! The information about cacao nibs is very interesting. I'm going to have to get some and give this a try!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A tasty yet nutritious breakfast idea. Thank Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches12345,

      I threw that Wonder Woman video in for just a bit of fun. Ha! The Dr. Oz show is interesting on the days that I watch it. Nice to know that you like the sound of this smoothie recipe and thanks for your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I'm guessing that Wonder Woman did eat cacao nuts.. what power! I enjoy watching Dr. Oz on occasion and he does present some interesting facts on food items and health. Love your smoothie recipe.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      If it hadn't been for that Dr. Oz show, I don't know when I might have learned about the health benefits of cacao nibs either. So don't feel bad. I learn something new almost every day by reading other people's hubs. Glad that you like the sound of this smoothie recipe. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kiewkilw,

      I would never have thought to put black sesame seeds in mine. Thanks for the suggestion. Your fruit combination for a smoothie also sounds delicious. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello chamilj,

      This fruit and yogurt smoothie is delicious. Enjoy it when you make it for yourself. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      Yes, smoothies can be a great meal replacement almost anytime of the day or night. Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this hub.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd never even heard of cacao nibs, let alone used them in a recipe. This sounds like a refreshing drink for the upcoming summer. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Enjoy your quick and easy smoothie recipe. Surely makes for a healthy, nutritious and quick breakfast on those days when you are hurrying to get to work. Just plain good at other times also...even on leisurely days. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Vellur,

      I was also interested in learning that...about cacao nibs reducing appetite. Thanks Dr. Oz! :) Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charles,

      Glad that you found this hub of interest. Appreciate your comment. Many of us fight the same battle...but I would say from appearances that you are winning. You look great. You are obviously doing something right.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      It sounds from your comment that you have already tried this smoothie recipe. The added protein from the egg is nice! I like the idea of using free range chicken eggs. Those chickens have a better and more natural life than the caged ones where most of our eggs come from...factory style. Thanks for your comment, vote and especially the share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nora,

      For people who are extremely busy in the mornings with getting themselves and others readied for the day...smoothies just might be the perfect answer to starting the day off with some good nutrition when there is little time for a traditional breakfast. It can become THE quick and easy tradition! Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

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      kiewkilw 5 years ago from Bangkok,Thailand

      I love smoothies especially any fruit smoothies. Blueberry is my flavourite berry Thailand has to import blueberries though. Recently i had mangoes bananas and yogurt sprinkle with black sesame seeds on top. Next time i will be adding a raw egg and Cacao nibs. I love your recipe Voted up :)

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Sounds like a delicious. Will try soon. Thanks!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Thanks for sharing your recipe! Smoothies are great in the summer, refreshing and also quite good as an healthy alternative to a small meal.

      Shared, up and useful.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      I can hardly wait to try this delicious Yogurt Smoothie Recipe. This is a great way to include more fiber and vitamins into your daily diet. I will purchase Cacao Nibs to include in making your recipe of the Quick and Easy Healthy Breakfast Smoothie. A great way to start your day in a healthy way. Great photos and recipe. Useful hub and videos.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great recipe. Never knew about Cacoa nibs reducing appetite. Thanks for sharing.

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      Charles Criner 5 years ago

      Thanks for your information. If I could only control the fat on my stomach I would be a happy man. The information is really helpful to me. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello LuxmiH,

      What a great idea to freeze the bananas first when making smoothies! Thanks for adding that to your comment. Am sure that others will also wish to do that when using bananas. Will give it a try the next time I use that fruit in a smoothie. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Angela,

      This smoothie tastes even better than it looks. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I noticed that you like the flavor of chocolate from your comment. Be advised that the cacao nibs are in no way sweet. That is the nice thing about combining them with fruited drinks such as this one made into a smoothie. I also sprinkle a teaspoon or a bit more over yogurt and fruit if eating the fruit sliced in a bowl. Combined it is great, especially considering the health factor. Thanks for your comment. Always a pleasure hearing from you.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a wonderful recipe, very smooth and flavorful. We don't have cacao nibs here, so I used cocoa powder (no sugar, of course) as a stand in. I like the protein added by the egg (we get free range eggs) instead of protein powder. I highly recommend this smoothie! Voted up and shared!

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love how quick and easy this is to make! It is so hard to eat healthy in the morning for me. I'm always on the go. I will be giving this a try! Voting up and sharing!!

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      You are so spot on.

      We do pretty much the same with regarda to the fresh fruit and yoghourt smoothy, but I never thought of adding a raw egg or the cacao nibs. I do add frozen banans to make it a slightly thicker drink.

      This Hub made me envious that I don't live in your home with all those delicious meals.

      Delicious Hub Thanks!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh my this looks amazing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      I thought that I would boost the nutritional aspect by using Greek yogurt in this smoothie recipe as it adds more calcium and protein to the mixture. Turned out great. The cacao nibs are a rather new addition to us also of which credit goes to the Dr. Oz show. I catch an occasional viewing of it and generally learn things of interest. Thanks for your comment and the votes.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love making and drinking smoothies, especially chocolate flavored ones. This sounds like a delicious and healthy recipe to add to my collection! I often eat cocoa, but I've never tried cacao nibs. I'll get some the next time I see them in a store. Thank you for the information, Peggy.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I love fruit smoothies made from fresh fruit, ice and skim milk, but have never tried making them with yogurt and have never even heard of cacao nibs, but after reading this hub I would like to try them.

      Great job. Am voting this up, useful, awesome and interesting.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge and this tasty looking recipe.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It would be easy to add the weight gaining powder to this smoothie recipe. I never needed that kind of help. Ha! Thanks for your comment, the 5 star rating and the share. Appreciate it! Enjoy the smoothie when you make it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi WannaB Writer,

      Since the strawberries are definitely in season right now and apples are always available, if you can locate the rest of the ingredients...you are good to go. I never shopped for cacao nibs previously so have no idea how many stores carry them. I purchased ours online which may or may not be a better price. At least you have a comparison when you go out on your search for them today. Thanks for your 5 star rating and comment. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I think you read my mind! I'm always looking for different way to make smoothies. My grandson is underweight, but he loves smoothies. I make him smoothies and sneak some special weight gaining powder I have into it. He enjoys strawberries and apples, so I'll be making this one for him (and for me, too).

      I gave you lots of stars on this one, voted it up, and will share too!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frieda,

      Years ago milk shakes commonly had raw egg in them. Naturally you can skip the egg in this smoothie, but it keeps you satisfied longer because of the extra protein. I actually forgot to put one in when I was making it the other day (the day when I took these photos for the hub) and both of us became hungry earlier in the day for lunch. It doesn't actually add to the flavor. Either way...this is one flavorful smoothie. Glad that you also liked the videos. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello How to - Answers,

      So glad that you liked this smoothie recipe enough to share by tweeting. When one finds a tasty and nutritious recipe, one is likely to repeat it. I know that we are having it quite often. I have some cantelopes ripening on the counter right now. Can't wait to make a smoothie using that as an ingredient. Thanks for your comment and vote + the 5 star rating.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Sounds interesting. I'll check out Trader Joe'f for the cacao nibs today when I shop. The rest I can get at Farmer's Market or already have on hand. Five stars.

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      Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great information and recipe. Love the videos too. Going to definitely try this. Has things I absolutely love in it, including almond milk - yum and a great ingredient here. I've never tried a drink with raw egg in it that I'm aware of, but I'm going to trust you on this and give it a try. Thanks Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Missed seeing you in the comments section for a while now. Always good to hear from you. Nice knowing that you liked this smoothie recipe. Thanks!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      A very healthy recipe but oh so tasty too. The best of both worlds! Smoothies are so versatile because we can add whatever fruits, nuts and yogurt we like.

      I love your photos too. Shared on Twitter. Voted awesome and 5 stars

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Not surprised to hear that you also like these ingredients that go into the making of this healthy breakfast smoothie. Thanks for your comment and the 5 star rating.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kelley,

      Just added cacao nibs in an Amazon capsule. Not sure if it will stay in that position long, but right now in the 3rd position is the one we purchased from Ecuador...the Alive and Aware Certified Organic Raw Cacao Nibs. It was one of the best prices when I looked online after seeing that Dr. Oz show. We used them almost every day now. Thanks for your comment, vote and the 5 star rating. Appreciate it! :)

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Peggy! This smoothie looks wonderful! Beautiful hub!