Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake (Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free)

By on May 20, 2016

There’s something about mint and chocolate Shakethat is so perfectly decadent yet refreshing. Put it in milkshake form, and you have a truly winning combo. However, milkshakes are not the healthiest, nor are they most efficient source of fuel. I love to indulge in delicious things that also nourish my body. It’s not a matter of feeling “guilty” or not. You should never let food make you feel negative emotions like guilt or remorse. Rather, I just feel happier when I know that the not only is the dessert feeding my soul, but it’s also benefiting my body in a positive way. That’s not to say that I don’t ever indulge in completely unhealthy treats (trust me I do!), I just usually prefer to knock out two birds with one stone and make my indulgences secretly healthy! That’s why I made this delicious smoothie recipe. This blend is so amazing that it can pass as dessert, but it’s also healthy enough to eat for breakfast. I like to sneak in greens whenever possible, and this smoothie is no exception. This recipe uses a lot of a cacao, and cacao is simply cocoa before it has been roasted. It is the raw form, with no added sugar or additives. Eating cacao in its raw state means that you’re getting more nutrients and antioxidants. It’s pretty bitter on it’s own, but the dates help to balance out the sweetness naturally. Cacao nibs are just the solid version of the powder, and they make the perfect substitute for chocolate chips. I also use two products from my favorite plant-based protein powder, Philosophie. These ingredients are totally optional, but they’re a great way to increase the protein content and add nutritional density to this recipe. To make it even more of a dessert, I recommend replacing the almond milk with pure canned coconut milk.

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake (Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 small avocado
  • 1 tbsp Philosophie Green Dream (or alternate green powder)
  • 1 heaped tbsp Philosophie Cacao Magic (or just plain cacao powder)
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs (stirred in at the end)
  • Cacao nibs and fresh mint leaves to garnish

Method:

Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-speed blender. When all of the ingredients are incorporated, stir in the cacao nibs and garnish with your desired toppings.

Philosophie products available for purchase here: http://www.thephilosophie.com/collections/all

About Alexandra Pullen

Alexandra Pullen was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she began her initial ballet training at a local community center. Pullen studied at Dance Center Evanston, Evanston School of Ballet, and Chicago Ballet Arts, and the Ruth Page School of Dance, where she joined their company, the Civic Ballet of Chicago. She trained on scholarship at the Joffrey Academy of Ballet in Chicago under Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev. She toured with the Joffrey Trainees to perform as Clara in The Nutcracker Suite. She studied on scholarship at summer programs of the San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Pullen competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Semi-Finals and received a gold medal in the classical category and a silver medal in the contemporary category. She was a Finalist in New York City. In September 2012, Pullen was awarded the Shoot for Change Scholarship to attend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, and joined ABT Studio Company two weeks later. Pullen joined ABT as an apprentice 2013 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2014. With ABT, Pullen's rep included Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Ashton's The Dream, Manon, Cinderella, Gaite Parisienne, Les Sylphide, La Bayadere, and Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita. She toured ABT to destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis. This is her second season with Colorado Ballet.

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