Ok. So I have officially changed my stance on smoothies in the morning. I know I said that I’d rather have a meal with all the smoothie ingredients, but that was until I discovered the magic of chocolate and mint.
The real magic here is that the smoothie is made up of all vegetables, except for one frozen banana. Yep, one banana, and the rest is straight veggie goodness. No more sugar head rush or instant hunger 10 minutes after drinking it. Normally, this would taste like a sweet salad in slime form (yuck!) but add some cocoa powder and peppermint oil and BAM, you have a mint chocolate milkshake.
The natural bitterness of the cocoa powder masks any bitterness from the vegetables (kale, I’m looking at you, here) and the peppermint really brings out the natural sweetness of the banana. You can use almost any vegetable that is mild in flavor and isn’t too stringy. I’ve used:
- beet greens
- broccoli stalks
- cauliflower (stalks and head)
- mild mushrooms (these add a strong flavor, try only a tiny bit at a time)
Pretty much anything goes except for the obvious like garlic or onions.
And my favorite way to eat them lately? Popsicles!
It’s finally been getting warm here in San Francisco, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than a icy cool mint fudgesicle! My smoothie was about 300 calories, and made 6 popsicles. That means each one was only 50 calories! The molds I just bought are the best popcicle molds that I’ve ever used.
You can experiment as much as you want, to get the perfect combo of veggies.