Mar 172013
 

Pinit

A green smoothie! There’s no better day for this than St. Patty’s Day of course!!

And for any of you that went out last night and filled up on green beer… this green smoothie is great for that “detoxing” your body is in need of today!

I love my protein smoothies, and have been experimenting with tons of different variations. This one was absolutely delicious, and full of nutrients!

The ingredient that gives this smoothie it’s bright green hue is spinach! Green smoothies are nothing new, so I know you aren’t wowed by the fact that I used spinach..

BUT, with the combination of all the other ingredients, I think it’s pretty neat that you can’t taste the spinach at all, and instead this smoothie tastes like a rich combination of mint and chocolate. YUM!

This smoothie is easy as 1-2-3 to put together!

1. Assemble your ingredients

2. Pop them all into the blender and blend away until a thick, smooth consistency is reached…. and

3. Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips!

… then devour!

Nom nom nom. A healthy, clean, all natural smoothie that tastes like dessert. What’s not to love?! 

I made this smoothie last week, but I will be making it again today, and I’m going to try it with KALE instead of spinach!! I think it will turn out just as good, so fingers crossed and we will see!

My version of this protein shake is not vegan, as I use my favorite North Coast Naturals 100% Whey protein isolate… but for those who wish it to be vegan, that’s a very easy fix! You can easily substitute a soy, rice, or hemp chocolate protein powder instead!

{St.Patty's Day} Mint Chocolate Green Protein Smoothie (gluten free & can be vegan!)
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use North Coast Naturals 100% Whey Isolate)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 medium banana (peeled, cut into sections, and frozen)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen spinach (I used the frozen chunks)
  • ¼ tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients except the chocolate chips. The mixture will be very thick so make sure you have a good blender! If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more almond milk. (I like to eat mine with a spoon!)
  2. Garnish with the dark chocolate chips.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Do you make smoothies a lot? What combinations are your favorite??

I’d love to hear some more ideas for smoothies, as I have two a day! 

 

Christal

Nutritionist in the Kitch

  20 Responses to “{St.Patty’s Day} Mint Chocolate Green Protein Smoothie (gluten free & can be vegan!)”

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    [...] I tried a Chocolate Mint Smoothie recipe I found here. I changed the recipe slightly to my tastes. I don’t like eating my smoothies with a spoon [...]

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    Can you substitute chia seeds for the flaxseed? Looks yummy, just can’t stomach flaxseed.

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    [...] actually ice cream, but it tastes just like it. Adapted ever so slightly from this lovely website, Nutritionist in the Kitch, you will [...]

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    This is SO delicious. Just made it after a workout. I ate it out of bowl and felt like I was eating ice cream :) I usually add chia seeds to my smoothies. My roommate and I also made your black bean goat cheese raspberry brownies a few weeks ago. Love your blog!

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      Thanks so much Danielle! Yep, every time I make a protein smoothie I feel like I am eating ice cream because I make them nice and thick! It’s a guilt free treat!

  5.  

    My favorite smoothie blend: 2-3 handfuls of kale, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk.

  6.  

    I already blend frozen spinach into protein smoothies (hey! I usually don’t have ice, okay!) but I should add mint and some choco chips next time! I didn’t even realize I was being festive ;)

  7.  

    Love almond milk – what a gorgeous photo!

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    Love the look of this! Mint and chocolate are such an ideal pairing.

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    You could try frozen peaches in place in the banana and add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla protein powder to make a peach pie flavor. It comes out a little less thick, so I’d add less almond milk. I also like to do a banana coconut chai by adding coconut extract, cardamom, and cinnamon.

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      Mmm delicious!! I love the coconut chai idea too! I have never seen coconut extract anywhere though! I’ve looked for it in the past! Where do you get yours??

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        Really? I usually just get it from Kroger, Target, or Walmart. I suppose it’s more easily found here in the States! I put it in everything! :)

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          We don’t have Kroger or Target (yet).. but I will for sure check Walmart next time I’m there! I’m sure I’ve got to be able to find it somewhere! I’m planning on doing a Hawaiian inspired smoothie for when we head to Hawaii next month! :) Coconut extract would be perfect for that!

  10.  

    This looks so good! Mint chocolate is one of my favourite combos. I’m gonna try this one for sure!

    Some of my favourite smoothies are frozen banana, frozen blueberries and a bit of matcha powder or frozen mango and spinach, both with vanilla protein. I think you had a recipe like this but I also love chocolate protein with frozen banana and strawberries so it’s frosty like! Frozen bananas make every smoothie more amazing :)

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      I know! Frozen bananas are key to get that smooth ice cream like texture! Yum, I have to give matcha powder a try in my smoothies! Yeah, the mint chocolate in this one is so yummy, reminds me of a blizzard but obviously MUCH much much healthier! Lol!

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