Wednesday, March 6, 2013 / 36 Comments / , , , , ,

Sneaky Healthy Mint Chip Milkshake

We don't get ice cream very often, but when we do the girls always want mint chip. Without fail. Every time. So I thought I would make them a mint chip milkshake with my new Vitamix blender and sneak in some spinach, as I usually do with our smoothies since it really doesn't taste like anything at all. Baaaahhahah, sneaky Mommy.  I promise this doesn't taste like greens. Just creamy delicious vanilla, mint, and chocolate chips. 

It looks so green and minty, right? Well it does taste that way, but the green color really comes from a few handfulls of spinach. If you wanted to make this into ice cream you could just pour it into an ice cream maker! 

More after the break! 

Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, right?! 

Some readers have had success with subbing vanilla yogurt or vanilla soy ice cream for the protein powder! 

Sneaky Mint Chip Milkshake

Makes 4 kids sized or 2 adult sized  

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
1 banana (preferably peeled, sliced, and frozen) 
3 cups baby spinach 
1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 
1 sprig fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish (optional) 
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (*See note on using protein powder for kids) 
3 cups ice cubes 
2 tablespoons chocolate covered cocoa nibs or chocolate chips 

Blend all ingredients except for cocoa nibs/chocolate chips until smooth. Add more milk if mixture is too thick to turn. Add chocolate and pulse until ground into chunky pieces. Transfer to glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired. 

*Can kids have protein powder? 
    Vanilla protein powder sweetened with stevia is what makes this taste milkshake-y. I am careful not to use protein powders with added vitamins for my little girls since they already take vitamins and these powders are formulated for adults. I do use powders such as Plant Fusion that are purely plant protein, or organic whey, such as Tera's Whey, with no additives and sweetened with stevia only. As always check with your doctor before changing your diet or your child's diet. 

Nutrition Facts (as calculated for 1/4 recipe by My Fitness Pal) 

Calories: 59 grams
Fat: 1 gram
Carbs: 9 grams
Protein: 4 grams 
Sugar: 4 grams 

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