Updated: May 7
Do you like ice cream? I was the child who didn't like cake growing up. Ice cream has always been my dessert of choice.
Growing up dad and I shared a love for mint chocolate chip ice cream. So I decided to recreate mint chocolate chip into a smoothie.
This smoothie has one of my favorite veggies to put in a smoothie that you may not have tried before-zucchini! Everyone is always putting spinach, kale, and cauliflower in smoothies but forgets about zucchini. Zucchini and yellow summer squash are low in calories, tasteless, and they add volume and nutrients to pretty much any smoothie.
I buy the Costco size squash and zucchini and whatever doesn't go into lunches or dinners goes into my smoothies. I like to steam zucchini them then freeze for smoothies. You can also find frozen sliced zucchini or zucchini and yellow squash blend the freezer section and keep them on hand to add to smoothies.
Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie is made with:
Zucchini - boost immunity, fights infection, a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C
Spinach - improves skin and hair health, an excellent source of vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and folate
Banana - supports circulation, aids in digestion, good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium
Chia Seeds- aid in digestion and weight loss, improves brain function, high in omega-3's, fiber, and loaded with nutrients
Cacao- aids in digestion, reduced inflammation, good source of copper and manganese
Avocado - great for skin and hair health, healthy source of fat, high in potassium and nutrients
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie:
1 cup plant-based milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
1 scoop protein powder (I like to use one scoop collagen peptides and 1/2 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein of choice)
Fat source of choice: either 1/2 avocado, or 1 tablespoon of coconut butter, coconut oil, or MTC oi
1 c frozen zucchini slices
1/2 frozen banana (handful of slices)
1/2 cup frozen baby spinach l
*optional cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips for topping
Add ingredients to blender in the order listed and blend till smooth and creamy. This smoothie is THICK and creamy so I often need to add more liquid to get it moving I add water or more milk as needed. Also, you can pause and stir with spoon to get moving.
This recipe can be adjusted, I switch up my healthy fat source with what I have on hand. Adding avocado makes it extra creamy, but if you haven't ever had coconut butter I highly suggest giving it a try. Coconut butter is great in smoothies, on oatmeal, on top of dark chocolate, and by the spoonful.
Be sure to tag me @lauralivewell if you try it