Summer is upon us, and we’re all looking for a refreshing and healthy alternative to our favorite milkshake flavors. This Raw Food ChocoMinty Smoothie might not be exactly like your favorite 1,000-calorie shake from your local ice cream stand, but it’ll keep your sweet tooth at bay while giving you a reprieve from the summer heat.
I’m of the belief that, while almond milk doesn’t exactly taste awesome on its own, it’s great when it’s mixed with other ingredients. If you’re like me, you’ve stopped buying cow’s milk altogether and use almond milk exclusively, so this shouldn’t be too much of a change. Not only does almond milk have a much lower calorie count than cow’s milk, but it also has zero cholesterol and helps with digestion. My doctor, whom I hate, says it’s good for me, so I’m going to listen to him even though he’s the bane of my existence some days.
Keep in mind: while almonds have a ton of calcium and iron in them, those benefits are lost when they’re strained into milk. That’s something cow’s milk has going for it.
Make sure you add that banana (I love really brown spotted bananas, and I don’t care if you think I’m gross), not only for the taste, and a bit of silkiness to this smoothie, but to give you energy and help you recover faster after exercise. Honestly, I’m having trouble thinking of a better post-recovery treat, besides, like, a Snickers bar. But we’re not in the business of getting you to eat Snickers bars; are we?
Ahem. Moving on. Cacao powder is kind of a nutritional powerhouse. Because it’s the raw form of a cocoa bean, none of its original vitamins and minerals are roasted out. You thought dark chocolate was good for you? Well, move along, because cacao powder has FOUR TIMES as many antioxidants. It’s also full of magnesium, which can help prevent diabetes and lower your blood pressure.
Who needs refined sugar when you’ve got agave? This super sweet syrup is actual 1.5 times sweeter than sugar and my last boyfriend, so you won’t even miss it or him. Thank goodness! It’s also MUCH healthier because of its comparatively low glycemic level.
Don’t forget that drop of peppermint extract to make this super refreshing, but don’t overdo it. Peppermint extract is great for digestion, and also has a lot of antioxidants in it too. If you’re not the biggest fan of mint, like my ex-boyfriend, just take it out of the recipe, and you’ll be having a regular Chocolate Smoothie, which is still awesome. Also, my ex’s name was Brandon, but I called him Blando.
And there you have it: a refreshing post-workout smoothie that won’t leave you feeling like crap like your last double chocolate fudge milkshake or your ex-boyfriend. Enjoy!
There’s a chocolate mint lover in all of us, right? This smoothie is simple but so indulgent. Add some spinach if you want to turn it into a “green” smoothie.
1 ¼ Cups Almond Milk
1 banana (frozen)
2 T cacao powder
2 T agave
1 drop peppermint extract
2/3 Cup ice
- Blend all together.
Yield: 1 serving
Freshness: 1 day
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