Okay, curl up in your pjs, snuggle in a blanket, put on your favorite movie, and whip up this dessert…I mean smoothie. If you follow me on snapchat (kay_bush) then you already know I literally make this smoothie everyday. I’ll have it first thing in the morning, as an afternoon snack, or like I mentioned above, for a late night dessert.
Oh and try not to chug it down too quick because it’s THAT GOOD!
I snapchat the ingredients a lot for you guys to screenshot, but I wanted to put the exact recipe on here for you all so you have measurements and a place to check if you forget the recipe. And of course I’m going to let you guys know of the killer benefits of this smoothie by focusing on the 2 main ingredients: peppermint & cacao.
Let’s talk about cacao (pronounced ca-cow), and I put that pronunciation in because I had apparently been saying it the wrong way for years until I was corrected by a personal chef last year. Woops. Anyways cacao, not cocoa, is the beanlike seed that cocoa, cocoa butter, and chocolate are made. So cacao is the actual tree and seed while cocoa is what is made from it. Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter). Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cocoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.
Benefits of Cacao
- Contains: magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese, Polyphenols, antioxidant rich flavonoids, and Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E
- shields nerve cells from damage
- reduces blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease & stroke
- protects your nervous system
- repairs the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers
- boosts your mood by increasing brain levels of serotonin
- its an aphrodisiac (hey hey!)
- helps to balance hormones
- helps to prevent premature aging by protecting cells from premature oxidation or destruction
- promotes shiny hair and strong nails by containing sulfur
- creates energy and fights fatigue with its concentration of magnesium
In this smoothie I am using 100% pure peppermint oil and boy oh boy is this stuff powerful! Peppermint oil is created by extracting oil straight from peppermint leaves. The health benefits have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in Egyptian pyramids (crazy, right?!). Make sure when you are purchasing the oil that it does not contain any additional yucky additives. Just peppermint oil.
Benefits of peppermint oil
- reduces the feeling of nausea or stomach aches
- helps with digestion issues by soothing the gastric lining, colon, and reducing muscle spasms
- relives headaches
- curbs hunger
- helps to clear your respiratory track
- boosts energy
- improves memory and focus
- antimicrobial properties that kill microorganisms or inhibits their growth
Also quick tippidy tip on why I use almond/coconut milk as opposed to regular dairy milk:
Research shows that dairy inhibits the absorption of antioxidants from raw cacao which is one of the many reasons why I use almond or coconut milk. Also dairy is a huge inflammatory, difficult to digest, and messes with your hormones. Just stick with the almond or coconut. But always, always, always read the ingredients to make sure it contains no sugar or carrageenan! Some almond & coconut milks can contain just as much sugar as a can of pop.
And now for the recipe!
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
1 cup of unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1 cup of water
1 banana or 1/2 avocado (you can’t taste the difference!)
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs almond butter or MCT oil
1-2 tbs cacao power
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
1 handful of kale or spinach
1/2 scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder (I LOVE Paleo Pro)
Optional: 1 handful of ice
Directions: Throw all ingredients in a blender (this is my fav), blend until it is the consistency you like. If it’s too thick, add a little more water. After blending, add ice, and blend again. Pour in a smoothie cup and you are good to go!
Warning: This smoothie is super deeeelish 🙂
Here is the exact cocao powder and peppermint oil I use. Also in the pictures above you see a green version and a brown version, on is made with a banana & kale and one with an avocado & spinach. That will give you a color difference.
**You can of course use any chocolate flavored protein or nutritional shake but please check the ingredients to make sure you are making healthy options when it comes to protein powder. Steer clear of whey and powders that have lots of sugar and added chemicals/nasty ingredients. I trust Vega One and that’s what I always use which is why I have it listed on here. Also no one is paying me to say this, this is truly what I use and like!
There are some killer posts coming to the blog this week such as another smoothie recipe, Ice Facials & a recap on my bachelorette weekend.