Minty Green Gluttony Smoothie

Minty Green Gluttony SmoothieThis smoothie is so good, it reminds me of my favorite ice cream – mint chocolate chip. I keep saying that I will add cacao nibs to it the next time I make it, that time still has not arrived. It is so perfect as a mint smoothie that I have not added unnecessary chocolate. Yes there are times that chocolate is unnecessary. You would never know that this smoothie hides some less than tasty superfoods since it tastes like dessert.

I was looking forward to the new book by Tess Masters the ‘blender girl’ and had it preordered. Once it arrived last summer we jumped right in and made a bunch of her smoothies. We all have favorites in that book, my kids really love the strawberry shortcake smoothie and raspberry lemon cheesecake smoothie. The combinations that she puts together always work, including broccoli and cauliflower in a smoothie. Our first smoothie was a grapefruit-fennel smoothie and my kids enjoyed it. Even though I have made at least half of the smoothies in her book I always go back to my favorite in the book – the minty green gluttony. I have made this single smoothie dozens of times, I make it at least one to two times a week. I was thrilled when I saw that I finally had enough mint in my garden to harvest some for this smoothie.

Don’t let the wheatgrass, spirulina and chlorella stop you from making this smoothie. Most health food stores and even some well stocked grocery stores carry it in the bulk department, meaning that you can buy just a small amount and not be out a lot of cash for something you don’t like. I feel so good after drinking this smoothie and have so much energy. It is way better than a cup second cup of coffee.

Minty Green Gluttony Smoothie

Minty Green Gluttony Smoothie
Serves 1

3/4 Cup Almond Milk
3 Tablespoons Raw Cashews
1/2 teaspoon Wheatgrass Powder
1/4 teaspoon Spirulina Powder
1/4 teaspoon Chlorella Powder
1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach
1/4 Cup packed Fresh Mint
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Nectar (or sweetener of choice)**
1 Banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 Cup Ice Cubes

1. Soak your cashews in the almond milk overnight, keeping refrigerated.*

2. Add everything to your blender in the order listed. Blend until creamy and enjoy.

*If you have a high powered blender you can skip this step but it will be slightly less creamy. I skip this step when I decide last minute that I need this smoothie and I honestly don’t notice much of a difference.

**I have found that replacing the sweetener with 2 medjool dates gives it a lovely caramel flavor. It is my preferred sweetener adding extra fiber, iron and vitamins.

Adapted from The Blender Girl Smoothies

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