Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating! Ever since I had my first real experience of Thanksgiving just a few short years ago (Brit’s don’t celebrate it!), it has fast become one of my favorite holidays. I can’t pinpoint exactly why; I love the food involved (PUMPKIN), the focus on being grateful and spending time with people you love. To show you all my appreciation, I thought I’d give you all a fun new recipe to try that is healthy yet tastes like a delicious dessert … Mint chocolate chip smoothie bowl!
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl
The inspiration for this recipe came from supermodel Cindy Crawford. She talked about a smoothie she made and so of course I HAD to make it too, but with a few alterations. I used cow’s milk instead of almond milk for more protein and instead of carob chips, I used Dang’s dark chocolate covered (coconut) chips instead. This smoothie features mint, which is something I have never used in a smoothie before. Mint is extremely low in calories and is a vitamin and mineral powerhouse. The mint you tend to find in supermarkets is spearmint, which has a significant amount of vitamin A which has been said to promote healthy skin and support your immune system. Perfect for this dry and cold winter weather! It also provides a good source of iron, which is good for your blood, and manganese, which supports healthy brain function and aids the production of sex hormones hehe.
- 1C frozen spinach
- 1C cow's milk (I used 2%)
- 1 frozen banana - sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 1tbsp Dang dark chocolate covered chips
- Optional: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Optional toppings: chia seeds, fresh mint, sliced banana (any fruit)
- Blend the above ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
- Cow's milk can be subbed for milk of choice (almond, coconut, soy, etc).
- Dang dark chocolate covered chips can be subbed for carob chips.
I found that adding both frozen banana and spinach makes for a deliciously creamy smoothie bowl with a texture close to that of soft serve. So good and healthy! I love having it for a nutrient-rich and protein packed breakfast before a workout or as a sweet dessert before bed. Let me know what you think of it and if you do share your recreation, please tag #HFMCCsmoothiebowl
Will you be indulging over the holiday season? What foods are you most looking forward too?