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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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The BEST Ever Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Oh my green delicious mint chocolate smoothie of heaven!
 
 I’m a mint-chocolate lover (who woulda thought!). It’s really one of my favourite combos! 
 
Who woulda thought you could combine this deliciousness into a smoothie and feel completely satisfied, like you just had a dessert or something. Although, this smoothie is far from a dessert. It really is healthy and contains a ton of nutrients, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin E and blood sugar stabilizing protein. 
 
Just a random note, I was doing some reading on insulin and blood sugar the other day and learned that insulin, along with inflammation, were 2 of the biggest contributors to obesity related cancers. What?!?
What’s crazy about that is that both insulin and inflammation can be controlled through diet. In fact, this smoothie (if you skip the chocolate chips) is actually an amazing nourishing smoothie that contains many anti-inflammatory compounds and essential fats that help to lubricate the joints and combat inflammation. 
 
One of the very first things I focus on with my clients is blood sugar management. Naturally, their meal plans consist of protein, healthy fats and tons of veggies, so not only do they lose weight, but their inflammation goes down dramatically!
 
This is why I’m so excited for my online Metabolic Weight Loss program, which will be launching mid January. This program is not only incredible for weight loss, but also for diabetes, inflammation, pcos, estrogen dominance, and high blood pressure. 
 
Food is healing on so many levels. Eating the right diet can allow you to control many aspects of health and disease. 
 
But now, onto the smoothie. You can swap the whey protein for a hemp or brown rice if you’re looking for something more plant based. And if you don’t have chocolate protein, the cacao power will do the job (plus it’s loaded with magnesium which is incredibly detoxifying!) This recipe is from my Healthy Holiday Dessert eBook. 
 
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
 
P.S. If you’re interested in the Metabolic Weight Loss program, I can only accept 10 women into the live group coaching. Please reply send an email to samanthagladish@gmail.com so I can add you to the list. I’ll then connect with you to fill out an application form and we’ll arrange for a complimentary call to discuss your health history and goals 🙂
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 heaping cups organic spinach
  2. 1 cup coconut milk
  3. 1 cup filtered water (more or less, for desired thickness)
  4. 1/4 avocado
  5. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice (I used Progressive
  6. Organic Whey)
  7. 2 teaspoons cacao powder (optional, if you need it more chocolatey)
  8. 1/4 cup fresh mint or 1 drop of peppermint extract
  9. 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs (I like using cacao nibs or Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips)
  10. Stevia to taste (for sweetness, but optional)
  11. Ice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until well combined
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