Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chocolate Vanilla Mylkshake Smoothie

Some of you may remember this recipe from my post on Dairy Free Betty awhile ago, but I thought I would re-publish it on here :)

Last summer when I was in Toronto, I made Chocolate Mango Smoothies for myself and my Auntie Lolo. While they have definitely since been a staple, I have news...I've made them taste even better!

Green smoothies have literally changed my life since I discovered them almost a year ago. They have given me silky, shiny hair; clear, soft skin; better digestion; more energy. Best part? I've learned how to make 'em taste like dessert! ;)

As passionate as I am about healthy foods, I do not believe in deprivation. However, I also do not believe in sending myself to an early grave as a result of destructive foods. So where's this middle ground?
I am honestly not the biggest fan of spinach salads. Not because I don't like spinach, but because I don't like "spinach teeth." (Anyone who has partaken in the consumption of raw spinach knows EXACTLY what I'm talking about!) But, through trial and error, I have learned that spinach is my favourite leafy green to blend into a smoothie. It makes it silky, soft, and creamy, and you don't notice it at all. And when you blend foods, it "pre-digests" them for your body, creating less work for your tummy.
Then what else do I add? Almond mylk, banana, and mango for added creaminess as well as sweetening; then cocoa, vanilla, and cinammon for a dessert taste. The result is a Chocolate Vanilla Mylkshake Smoothie that lets you be "bad" indulging something "good." I am OBSESSED with this smoothie, and drink it practically every morning. Feel free to switch up flavours: I've made some pretty fun ones. Even without the chocolate, vanilla, & cinammon, this is one silky smoothie that will have you craving more. Start your morning with "salad"! :)

1 cup unsweetened almond mylk
1 cup water
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 tbs vanilla extract
1-2 tsp cinammon
2 cups spinach
1 ripe banana, peeled
1/2 cup frozen mango

1) Blend all ingredients.
2) Drink dessert for breakfast.
3) Keep working toward that amazing beach body ;)

Optional Variation: eliminate water, and reduce spinach to 1/2 cup. I sometimes do this when I want it to taste thicker and more chocolate-y :D

peace, love, food <3
Char, xo


westcoastsoul said...

Mmm sounds delicious!

Miss Bell said...

Since I got my Blendtec, green smoothies have ben great and I like spiach and kale as my base greens. I am still a bit of a scaredy cat when it somes to the super green shakes. I need lots of sweet sweet fruits! Tonight I picked up a young coconut and a pineapple to try with frozen banasa, spinack and So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk (it is the best dairy alternative I have ever tasted)
Thanks for sharing your recipe - I love a lil'chocolate in my morning!

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