I figure that about 5/7 mornings per week I drink a green smoothie. When I buy baby spinach, I toss the box straight into the freezer when I get home. I always have frozen fruit on hand, and mix up a different fruity concoction each day. When you get good at making green smoothies, they no longer become a chore, they actually become an easy and delish breaky.
However, eating the same thing every day can get boring. Variety is the spice of this girl's life. So this week, I perfected the green smoothie that makes me wanna drop the mic and walk off stage. This is the smoothie that wakes up my soul from the inside out, regardless of the tequila/pizza/netflix from the night before. Ready?
The Peppermint Chip Green Smoothie.
- 1.5 frozen bananers
- 1 handful of baby spinach
- 1 cup H20
- 1/2 drop of peppermint oil
- spoonful of cacao nibs
- spoonful of ground flax (optional)
Blend everything except the cacao & flax until it's velvety smooth, then blend the cacao nibs for the last 30 seconds, then stir in the flax at the end (I just stir the flax into the cup because I find it sticks to my food processor and makes it harder to wash). Tada!
Ground flax is a great source of fiber & omega-3's, and it tastes like nothing so there's no harm in stirring some into your smoothie. If you're not used to consuming flax, start with a small dose so your bod can adjust.
The cacao nibs aren't just there for taste - they also contain fiber, as well as antioxidants and a bunch of other good stuff and is considered a super food. I got mine from heaven. I mean, Whole Foods.
As for that 1/2 drop of peppermint oil, this detail is very important. Any more than 1/2 a drop and you could ruin your smoothie (DISASTER). I recommend putting a drop into a spoon, gently dumping out about 1/2 of it and then stir what's left through your smoothie. If you need to add more, go for it, but go slowly because once you put it too much P-Mint you are EFFED.
So, this is the smoothie to end all smoothies. It's not chocolaty or sweet or fruity at all. It's like mint chip ice cream but more refreshing and better for you. It's peppermint tea but an entire breakfast. The cacao nibs add a nice little crunch to keep it interesting. If you'red bored with your breakfast routine, give this guy a go and lemme know how it goes. Or at least try a green smoothie if you haven't before. And if you don't want to do that, at least just eat breakfast. xo