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Eat Well Sep. 12. 2013
Desserts

Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie

Sep. 12. 2013
Desserts
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

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Mint Chocolate Chip, another variation of the signature green smoothie here at Nutrition Stripped. This one however, is great not only for breakfast but even as a late night healthy treat. When I was younger, mint chocolate chip was one of my favorite ice creams and actually is to this day. I found myself in the kitchen last week craving mint chocolate chip ice cream with none in sight, therefore I got out my trusty Vitamix and several ingredients I always have on hand and the creation was made! This satisfying smoothie punched my sweet cravings in the face (pow!) and hey summer isn’t over yet!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’re very familiar with the smoothies I pos or some variation of the Stripped Green Smoothie daily. Many times, you all ask what is the recipe for said smoothie? To answer in short, there is no exact recipe the majority of the time! I love having the freedom to put in whatever it is I want and let my taste buds do the measuring- I urge you do the same! You can also read more about my recipe philosophy in the About me section. Occasionally I have specific recipes for a smoothie and today is one of them- a delicious one at that! Mint Chocolate Chip is sure to please everyone, little ones included…and guess what? Greens are involved and no one will notice the taste!

A Stripped Smoothie | Mint Chocolate Chip
Recipe Type: smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A variation on the Stripped Smoothie, Mint Chocolate Chip contains greens, healthy fats, and proteins with a delicious flavor.
Ingredients
  • 2 heaping cups organic spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or of choice)
  • 1 cup filtered water (to desired thickness)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice (I used Vega Sport)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint OR 1drop of mint extract to desired taste
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Stevia to taste (for sweetness)
  • Ice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Simply blend all ingredients into a Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 Calories: 365 Fat: 22 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 22 (12 net) Sugar: 8 Fiber: 10 Protein: 30
Notes
Higher calorie option// add more avocado or a frozen banana.[br]Lower calorie option// use 1/4 of an avocado.[br]Nutrition Information will change if you use a different protein powder, less/more ingredients. This is a guideline

This is a dense smoothie, therefore you can cut the recipe in half and share for a snack, or make the whole thing 1 serving for a filling smoothie. As I said in the recipe, one of my favorite proteins to use with this is Vega Sport, but feel free to use whichever protein you enjoy that fits your lifestyle and needs.

If you’re interested in making your own smoothies with the same blender I use, Vitamix is the one for me (and for you too!). I’m an affiliate with Vitamix, which means you get a discount when shopping through Nutrition Stripped. Simply click on the Vitamix icon to your right, here, or use Coupon Code 06-008786.

Also, in other news be sure to check out the new additions under SERVICES called A LA CARTE, which are details on additional services I offer to you all as a nutrition professional and health coach- you can now directly inquire about making an appointment as well through the APPOINTMENT page!

Updated news// Check out this article in Today’s Dietitian, “Going Nuts” where I’m featured discussing health benefits of nut butters as wel

What’s your favorite milkshake flavor? Do you have a favorite milkshake or smoothie that you’d like me to “make over”? Share below and your idea can be a future Readers Pick!

Happy blending!

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups organic spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or of choice)
  • 1 cup filtered water (to desired thickness)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice (I used Vega Sport)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint OR 1drop of mint extract to desired taste
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Stevia to taste (for sweetness)
  • Ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Simply blend all ingredients into a Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

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  • J

    wow this looks really yummy!! gonna try this someday 😉

    • I hope you do, I’m actually sippin’ on it as I type! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon 🙂

  • Julia

    looks delicious i love green smoothies – but what can i use instead of protein powder?

    • If you don’t want to use protein powder, simply use 1-2 Tbs. of cocoa powder to give it that chocolate flavor. I like it for the flavor and also the balance of protein with the healthy fats and carbohydrates. Great question 🙂

  • Beautiful smoothie, McKel — love the creamy texture and bright color

    • Thank you Gena! It’s one of my favorite sweet/dessert smoothies. Glad you stopped by, you’re blog has been such a great inspiration over the years, come back soon 🙂

  • I made this delectable smoothy today & loved it so much!! It was divine!

  • Ashley Couse

    made this this morning and it was delicious! i used a little fresh mint and a drop of peppermint essential oil, and a couple teaspoons of honey. decadent, and green, and not too sweet! thanks!

  • Lillian

    I just made this smoothie and was worried the spinach would overpower it but upon tasting it I was ecstatic. It is delicious and will definitely help quell my sweet tooth. Thanks so much for this recipe. I am currently waiting for it to chill and then I am going to drink up. I can’t wait! And thanks so much for everything on this website. You have really inspired my love of cooking and healthy food to blossom, even in my tiny little apartment kitchen. So thank you.

    • Hi Lillian! Thank you so very much for sharing this- I love hearing experiences like this. I’m so glad the spinach was hidden in this smoothie for you to enjoy. Thank you again for inspiring me to keep doing what I love to share with you all- cooking! 🙂 Have a beautiful day,

  • Samantha

    Mint chocolate chip is my all time favorite ice cream as well and it is my go to snack. I am very tempted to try and make this so I have a healthy alternative and can stay away from the unhealthy ice cream. Does this really taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream ?

  • This tastes great with a small handful of frozen pineapples, it also adds to the thickness and acts as ice!

  • Simsy

    Hey Mckel
    Im on safari on OS X mavericks and the you may also enjoy section isn’t showing up on my browser… just thought i would let you know..

  • Adina

    I don’t have protein powder so I used unsweetened cacao powder instead. I also used honey instead of stevia because we don’t have that either. It tastes great, but it turned out this really dark brownish color – not the pretty minty green in your photos… Any idea why? Maybe the cacao powder? I don’t mind drinking it like this, but I’d like to make it for friends and it’s not very appetizing to look at as is, haha.

    • Sure Adina! Use what you have on hand- the cocoa powder would turn this brown and not green! As you said, if it tastes good that’s all that matters 😉

  • Morgan Quinonez

    Have you ever tried freezing the left overs of a big batch? I wonder if It would resemble ice cream! Haha
    I love a good green smoothie so I will definitely try out the mint chocolate this week:) thanks!

    • Hmm, I’ve never tried freezing it, but if you give it a shot let me know how it goes! Avocado can be tricky when it’s frozen. Happy you enjoyed it though 🙂

  • How is the avocado? Does it have a really distinctive taste in the smoothie?

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