The motto “everything is better with chocolate” definitely applies here.
Think Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Thin Mints, Junior Mints, mint and chocolate just seem to have a long history of companionship!!
I was originally going to try my hand at a Shamrock Shake (though I have never actually had one, I can imagine it just tastes like vanilla mint…) But then I realized I love chocolate, so why not go chocolate mint!?
I enjoyed this last night after dancing my butt off. I have been wanting to get more movement into my days, and I realized that a lot of my battle with it was not having the motivation to “work out”. We finally hooked up the Xbox Kinect this weekend, and now I am motivated by how much fun I have thrashing around (I suppose you could call it dancing, if you were using the term very loosely) to Dance Central. I know I look really silly, but I could care less because it’s literally sooo much fun. And it totally gets your heart pumping!!
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Health highlight of yogurt: Pretty much every time I see a list of healthy foods, like foods you should be eating, or the healthiest foods for breakfast, the list almost always lists yogurt. These days most everyone knows that probiotics=good. And yogurt is fermented using probiotics. Yogurt has been shown to improve your immune system, help to keep your weight in check, aid digestive functions, and even elongate your life!! (Some recent research is linking the consumption of fermented foods with a longer lifespan!)
- ¾ cup plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt (I used full fat)
- ¼ cup Fresh Mint (tightly packed)
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- ¼ cup Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup fresh Baby Spinach
- Maple, to sweeten, to taste (I used 1 tablespoon)
- 1-2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder (optional, it will bump up the chocolate flavor, but it will make the smoothie a muddier color)
- 2 cups Ice
- Combine all but ice in the blender
- Blend until smooth
- Add the ice and blend
- Add more ice to thicken and/or chill as desired
- Slurp time!!