Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Healthy Thin Mint Smoothie


Spring is my favorite time of year in Florida.

The blooming flowers, fresh produce and warm-but-not-yet-humid weather make every day a bit brighter, literally. However, I always feel a bit sad when spring has finally "sprung" because it means one thing is gone for the year . . .

Girl Scout cookies!

I must admit - I only enjoyed one box of Samoas this year. My roommate's boyfriend bought them for her, but she hates the flavor. Naturally, I stole the box. ;)

Even though I got my coconut fix, I never made it to the store during cookie-selling hours to pick up my beloved Thin Mints. Apparently 11 a.m. on a Monday is too early, and 7 p.m. on a Friday is too late. Hmmph.

Given my bad luck, I found a way to infuse some of my favorite recipes with the "Thin Mint" flavor. You might remember these pancakes.



However, now that cookie season is finished, I rely on my handy dandy bottle of peppermint extract to satisfy cookie cravings. Aside from cooking these flapjacks, I've been blending the flavor into my favorite breakfast as of late - smoothies!






















A healthy slurp-able breakfast drink that's packed with protein and healthy fats? I think yes.

Healthy Thin Mint Smoothie



























Serves One

Total Preparation Time: Two minutes . . max

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana (fresh works too, but frozen makes the smoothie thicker)
  • 1/2 of a small avocado or 1/4 of a large avocado (This ingredient is the key to creamy smoothies!)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used Chobani non-fat vanilla.)
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • One to two drops pure peppermint extract (Don't use more than two! The flavor is incredibly strong.)
  • One huge handful of fresh spinach
  • One heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein - chocolate flavor (1/2 scoop of this brand is 70 calories; if you're using a different brand, feel free to use more or less powder.)
  • Handful of ice 
 

Steps:

  1. Add the spinach, milk, yogurt, vanilla, peppermint, whey protein and cocoa powder to a blender. Blend for 20 seconds. I find it's best to stop and "pulse" every few seconds.
  2. Add the banana, avocado and ice to the blender and blend until all ingredients are well combined. The amount of time this takes depends of the quality and type of blender you own. I have a bullet blender, so it normally takes about 10 to 15 seconds of pulsing to ensure no spinach leaves and ice chunks remain.
  3. Your smoothie should be pretty thick at this point. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired.
  4. Sip through a straw, eat with a spoon, or add to a travel mug and enjoy on your way to work or school. 

Questions:


  1. What is your favorite thing about spring?
  2. Do you use protein powder in your smoothies?

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 Tropical Mango Avocado Smoothie 

 

Homemade Panera Bread Smoothie 

 

Smooth Operators 

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