Anyone else love milkshakes as much as I do? I’m asking because I’ve made you one that tastes EXACTLY like that delicious minty chocolate chip one from you know where (BIG M).
I will tell let you in on a little secret: Tony is OBSESSED with McDonald’s; I can’t get him to stop eating it. In fact, I think he eats quite a bit of it when I’m not around. Quite disturbing for someone who runs a health-focused food blog, right?!
I guess opposites really do attract? Or something like that anyway haha.
But now I have to tell you my own little secret: Sometimes I can’t blame him because OMG have you EVER had their milkshakes or ice cream? Honestly, SO good. Lee and I talk about how we love fast food ice cream all the time. #weakness
I’m not that I’m saying you should swing through the drive-thru or anything, but every once in a while a creamy-dreamy ice cream cone from Mickey D’s is DEELISH. And if you were anything like me as a kid, you may have eaten there quite a few times (possibly for their toys). It was kind of like a little tradition I used to have with my Dad on Sunday afternoons.
As soon as I created this smoothie, it reminded me of the Shamrock shake they sell once a year. BUT guess what? This one is packed with so many good for you ingredients, it basically tastes like dessert for breakfast. Damn, I love when that happens. Here are all of the ingredients, plus tips:
Bananas: Make sure yours are frozen for the ultimate creamy and sweet smoothie. I like to get my bananas extra ripe, then peel them and stick them in plastic bags. You can also slice them before freezing if that’s easier for you!
Spinach: This is called a green smoothie for a reason! Each serving packs delicious green spinach, except guess what? It doesn’t taste like spinach at all. Yep, get your greens in without actually tasting them. It’s the best, really.
Almond milk: We’re keepin’ it dairy free. I enjoy almond milk for so many reasons, especially for the nutritional benefits and vitamins. Plus you’ll notice that almond milk has less sugar and carbs then dairy milk. All wins.
Protein powder: I usually use a good vanilla whey protein powder, but you can use a plant based one too! Chocolate would be delicious FOR SURE.
Mint leaves: This is what gives the smoothie that minty flavor we all love. If you don’t have mint leaves, you can sub 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of mint extract. Trust me, you won’t need any more than that!
Cacao nibs: I recently picked up some nibs at the grocery store and have been completely in love with them ever since. They have a deep, roasted flavor and are considered to be nature’s chocolate chips because they are made from pure cacao beans. They are an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber and iron. Oh and did you know that they are actually one of nature’s richest dietary sources of magnesium? (source: Navita’s Naturals)
Note about the Cacao nibs: You can order them online here, or you can typically find them at a health foods store such as Whole Foods.
Obviously all of these ingredients = one lovely superfood minty cacao nib green smoothie. I’ve been enjoying it as a post workout drink or as a snack in the afternoon. If you make this recipe, take a picture and tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram. xoxo!
- Serves: 2 servings
- Serving size: 1/2 of recipe
- Calories: 270
- Fat: 6.6g
- Carbohydrates: 33.1g
- Sugar: 15.9g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Protein: 23.1g
- 2 frozen bananas, diced
- 1 cup packed organic spinach leaves
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 scoops protein powder of choice (I use vanilla)
- 10 mint leaves OR 1/4 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract
- 2 tablespoons Cacao nibs (or vegan chocolate chips)
- Place all ingredients besides cocoa nibs in a blender and blend on high until ingredients are smooth and well combined. Next, add cacao nibs to the blender and pulse a few times until they slightly break up in the smoothie. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.