If it’s hot where you are, then now is definitely the time of year to make a green smoothie for breakfast. It’s sweet and refreshing and completely hides the fact that you’re eating at least two servings of greens before 8 a.m. Winning!
I don’t know what I was thinking posting a recipe earlier this week that requires turning on the oven. After all, it is mid-August, so apologies on my part for that. The thing is, I live along the coast in California where it’s cold and misty for most of the day, or at least the mornings:
Despite the drizzle, this Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl still gets me excited. I’ve recently started adding peppermint oil into my smoothies and, with the addition of raw cacao nibs, totally reminds me of the Peppermint Patties I used to devour back in the day. Mint + chocolate = best combo ever, or peanut butter + chocolate? It’s a toss-up, but I do know that peppermint is low FODMAPS for those of us with sensitive tummies:
I was inspired by all of the creativeness of people on Instagram to start serving my smoothies in a bowl. The other big change for me is the addition of molasses, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable (i.e. helps cover the flavor of the greens). I’ve been careful to avoid added sugars in the past, but I’m trying to be less restrictive in that way, enjoying sweets in moderation. Plus, molasses has the added benefit of being a calcium-rich food which is something I am working on:
Here’s the printable recipe:
- Your favorite green smoothie ingredients (see here for a list of mine)
- 15-20 leaves fresh mint or ½ teaspoon peppermint oil
- 1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1-2 tablespoons molasses, optional
- Whip up your favorite green smoothie in a high-speed blender. Be sure to add either fresh mint or peppermint oil. Pour into a bowl and top with cacao nibs and molasses, if desired. Serve cold.
If you can’t drink all of your green smoothie on the day you make it, feel free to save it for the next day (stored overnight in the fridge, obvs). In this case, I served mine with some fresh sliced banana, along with the molasses, extra ground flax seed, and cacao nibs:
Thoughts on green smoothies…an old trend or still relevant?
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