CHOCOLATEY MINT SMOOTHIE

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There’s this delish smoothie I always get from one of my favorite health food spots, but I’m not always in the area when I’m craving one so I took a shot at making it myself- with a few twists of course. 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 5-7 ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate flavored Vega Protein Smoothie powder
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp organic cashew butter
  • 1 tbsp organic raisins (for some added sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp organic raw cacao nibs

Directions: 

Throw all of the ingredients in a blender, EXCEPT the organic raw cacao nibs.  I let everything blend up to a good smoothie consistency, then add the nibs and pulse so they don’t blend all the way.  I like a little crunchy texture to my smoothie, but you can blend them at the same time as everything else if you’re rebellious like that.  One little note- take it ease on the mint extract.  Add too much and it’ll taste like you’re drinking toothpaste.  Trust me.

This smoothie tastes so good AND has so many health benefits.  I am NOT a nutritionist but this is what I know from my own research, and caring about the food I eat.

Vega Protein Smoothie powder has 2 full servings of veggies per scoop plus 15 grams of complete plant-based protein and it doesn’t have the gross chalky consistency that some protein supplements tend to have.  Sometimes I mix it with just water and ice, and it still tastes great on its own.

Maca powder is a nutrient dense whole food full of vitamins and essential minerals, plus amino acids.  It boosts energy and combats fatigue- a good replacement for coffee if you’re trying to kick the habit!

Bananas contain nutrients that help moderate blood sugar levels so they’re great to have post workout or a as a midday snack.

Cashew butter adds more protein to this smoothie.  It’s low carb and contains heart-healthy fats and essential amino acids.

Mint aids in digestion and can help combat bloating and settle an upset stomach.  I also sip this mint tea on the reg after dinner or in-between meals.

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Ok, lets talk about these nibs.  I LOVE cacao nibs with everything from ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies, to toast, fruit and anything else.  Nib it all!  I am a huge chocolate lover and cacao nibs are the least processed and most natural form of chocolate.  They are full of antioxidants, flavonoids (think anti-cancer), fiber (digestion), magnesium (protein synthesis, blood sugar regulation).  Cacao can also help release feel good hormones in the form of neurotransmitters, which is probably why I’ve had an endless love affair with it since my first taste.

Your turn, go ahead and make this!  Let me know how you like it, and if there are any other smoothies you love that I should try.  Cheers!

Angie

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