Hi Friends! How are you doing? Are you surviving the winter okay? My last month was filled with lots of long hours at work, but now I am back to my regular routine (phew!). I always struggle to prioritize my health when I’m really busy, but managed to do okay this time around. I didn’t stay as active as I would have liked, but I did nail down a pretty good routine of having lots of sleep and eating plenty of greens. Smoothies are an easy way to increase the amount of leafy greens you’re eating and are super quick to make, so they’re a perfect option for a healthy breakfast or snack. I came up with this mint chocolate chip smoothie to satisfying a craving I was having recently. As it turns out, it is a delicious way to indulge your sweet tooth and a great way to sneak in some extra servings of green stuff!
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Okay, on to the recipe. This mint chocolate chip smoothie tastes like a milkshake, so it is a great thing to make if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet, or for people who are just starting to venture into the territory of green drinks. The big scoop of cacao powder and hefty helping of mint leaves really help to mask any spinach-y flavour that might turn people off. Even Ricky, who is pretty picky when it comes to smoothies, loved this one.
There are a couple of good options for substitutions in this recipe. I LOVE bananas, but I have a few friends who just aren’t into them. If you prefer to not have any banana in yours, a great alternative is to add half an avocado and a few medjool dates. Those two ingredients together will add the thick texture and sweetness you want, without any banana flavour. Also, if you don’t have hemp seeds but want the extra richness and healthy fats they offer, you can easily swap those out for a small handful of raw cashews. Any of these combinations are delicious, so it really just depends on what you’re in the mood for.
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 1½ cups nut milk
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2-3 cups spinach
- 20 or so fresh mint leaves or 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup ice
- 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon cacao nibs
- Place banana, milk, spinach, hemp hearts, mint and ice in a blender. Process until smooth.
- Add cacao nibs and briefly pulse (don't completely puree or they won't be large enough to add crunch).
- Serve immediately, garnished with whipped coconut cream and additional cacao nibs, if desired.
And there ya have it! I hope you like this recipe. Let me know in the comments below what you do to save time and stay healthy when you’re busy.
Lots of love,
This post was sponsored by Kiki’s!