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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

MINT + CHOCOLATE = my favorite combo ever ? As a kid I loved mint chocolate chip ice cream and I still do, but I opt for dairy free versions now, like @coconutbliss. But enter the smoothie – the perfect way to get my fix. Plus, this smoothie has the right combo of P+F+F – Protein, Fat and Fiber – three essentials to balancing your blood sugar and keeping you energized.

I feel like talking about blood sugar just isn’t sexy, but it’s often THE most important part to address when it comes to hormones. If you’re dealing with PCOS, PMS, infertility, menopause, stress – all of these are impacted by your blood sugar. Not to mention, if your exhausted, craving sugar and carbs (or eat sugar and carbs alittttle more often than you’d like), there’s a good chance your blood sugar is out of whack.

It really is any easy fix, but as with anything, you’ll have to commit to change and follow through in order to see change. And the best part, in as little as 3 days you can start to feel a shift with your blood sugar. I’ve had diabetics who have normalized their blood sugar just after 3 days. We’ve managed to get their numbers into a normal range – a range they haven’t seen in YEARS! In fact, you can read about one of my diabetic testimonials here and how Elide got off all her meds. 

Ok… but now onto this Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie. It feels like you’re having dessert for breakfast, but I’ve actually loaded up this recipe with some KEY ingredients that support your hormones, such as avocados, spinach – hello magnesium and healthy fat, plus a healthy scoop of protein to balance your blood sugar. I don’t often use a full banana in my smoothie, but felt it was needed with this recipe. And the key is to balance out that sweetness with protein and fat. 

I should mention that the protein powder I love using is Design for Health Pure Paleo Protein. I always keep vanilla and chocolate on hand. It’s definitely not a cheap protein as it is a grass fed beef isolate (no, it doesn’t taste like beef), but it’s so forth, creamy and perfectly sweet. It also contains 70% collagen, so it’s a two-in-one supplement, which I love! You can order off our site here and save 15% off ALL supplements with coupon code – SAVE15

Here’s the recipe! Enjoy 🙂 

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, grain free, green smoothies, healthy fats, highfatlowcarb, holisticwellness, low sugar, mint chocolate chip smoothie, paleo smoothies, pff, protein, fat and fiber
Servings: 1
Author: Samantha Gladish

Ingredients

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 of a small/medium sized avocado
  • 10-20 fresh mint leaves OR 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder or collagen peptides chocolate could change the color of your smoothie but who cares - it’ll still be delish!
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice or more if you like it thicker
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs or @enjoylifefoods chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Place banana, milk, spinach, avocado, mint, protein powder, and ice in a blender.
  • Process until smooth. Add in cacao nibs/chocolate chips and briefly pulse. Serve garnished with additional cacao nibs or chocolate chips and enjoy!
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Wild Blueberry Smoothie & Temple Rice Bowl with Hummus & Mixed Herbs for Meatless Monday!

I’m loving the new Vega One Nutritional shake! For those of you who know me well, you know I love my morning shakes! My morning feels complete when I start with a delicious smoothie and this new shake has got me very excited to start my day! Vega One is gluten free, dairy free and soy free and loaded with probiotics and mineral rich greens. This is the perfect protein to add to your smoothies. This recipe is simple and easy to make and the perfect on-the-go breakfast. I’ve also included a simple recipe from one of my favorite restaurants downtown, FRESH. I love this restaurant and their recipe books! They serve up some truly delicious vegetarian/vegan fare that is oh-so-good! This rice bowl is truly nourishing and satisfying and very simple to make! If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, it’s easy to substitute other veggies. Or feel free to add some grilled tempeh for added protein. That’s the joy of cooking, taking any recipe and making it own! Enjoy!

Wild Blueberry Smoothie
Ingredients:

2 cups spring water (add more or less water, depending on consistency you prefer)
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 scoop Vega One vanilla chai
1 tbsp hemp or chia oil
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 ice cubes

Blend together and Enjoy!

Temple Rice Bowl
Ingredients

1/3 cup water
4 baby bok choy, cut in half lengthwise
7 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp tamari
8 wedges tomato
4 cups cooked brown basmati rice
2 tsp mixed herbs
1 cup hummus (organic store bought or recipe below)
2 cups sunflower sprouts
2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
4 slices red onion, chopped
2 lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions
Put the water in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the bok choy halves and cover. Steam until bok choy is almost tender. When water evaporates, add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp tamari and tomato wedges. Saute 1 minute until the bok choy is tender, then set aside. Divide cooked rice between 2 large rice bowls. Mix remaining 6 tbsp olive oil and 3 tbsp tamari together. Add mix herbs, divide and drizzle over rice. Place hummus in the middle of each rice bowl, and arrange the bok choy around the edges. Top with sunflower sprouts, hemp seeds and red onion. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

Hummus
Ingredients

2 cups canned or cooked chickpeas
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp tahini
4 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp filtered water

In a food processor, puree all ingredients. Add more water if necessary to get the consistency you like.

Mixed Herbs
Ingredients

1 tbsp each of dried :
oregano
basil
marjoram
dill
thyme
1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 1/2 tsp dried sage

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.

Happy Monday! Enjoy these delicious recipes!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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