I recently made a smoothie so mind-blowingly good that it became an instant favorite. Not only is this a mouthwatering combination of flavors, but there are so many health benefits packed in these ingredients!
Delicious AND nutritious!? That definitely gets the Betty Rocker stamp of approval!
It's an easy recipe and can be enjoyed anytime - the protein/carb combo make it a perfect post-workout shake, or great for a mid-day snack attack.
This smoothie will give you renewed vitality and fresh energy while infusing your body with potassium, iron, fiber, and a whole host of vitamins and minerals. I mean, the spinach alone provides you with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, beta carotene, and more!
- 1-2 cups (approx) baby spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (any kind! Here's a link to 5 of my top faves)
- 1 cup cashew milk (or almond, hemp, or any milk you like)
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 T cacao nibs
Add all the ingredients EXCEPT the nibs to blender, and BLEND!
I use a Blendtec, but there are lots of great options that will get the job done.
(If your blender is lower-powered, you can try blending your greens and liquids first, then adding the banana and protein powder after that for a smoother smoothie!)
Once you're blended, add the cacao nibs, then PULSE, just enough to break up the nibs.
(You don't want them totally broken down because they give the smoothie its "chips!" Lots of antioxidants and awesome energy from those babies!)
You can garnish with a fresh mint leaf if you're feeling fancy!
Don't like peppermint?
Not to worry! This would be KILLER with almond extract - I would add just a bit more, maybe 1 tsp total, because almond is milder than peppermint. Upping it to 1 tsp will really help the flavor pop!
You know what, even if you DO like peppermint, almond would be a fun variation to try next!
Let me know how it goes when you make this! If you play around with the recipe, be sure to tell me about that, too! I love when we all can learn from one another. 🙂
You can find dozens of amazing smoothie recipes all over my blog!
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Plus, my 30 Day Challenge Meal Plan includes a bonus Green Smoothie recipe book! Smoothies for days!