Mint Chocolate-Chip Protein Boost

Dessert for breakfast? WHY NOT????!!!

I have been on a protein shake breakfast kick for quite some time.  I like this option because it’s quick to make and I can enjoy it on my drive to work.  When I am sipping this out of my straw I often find myself saying out loud: “YUM” or “O my gosh this is good!”

This shake is a GREAT way to sneak veggie’s into your husbands or kids breakfast:)

For the protein component I really do like whey the most, I think it adds a creaminess that vegetarian protein powders don’t.  Whey also seems to “puff up” the shake which adds some bulk to it.  I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again: I love bulky food because it makes me feel full!  I do not enjoy feeling deprived!

It is important to be careful about what brand of whey protein you buy because many of them contain a crap load of sugar, artificial colors, growth hormones and other ingredients that I certainly wouldn’t consider “clean”.  The brand that I have found to be the best is available at Walgreen’s for a decent price; it’s sourced from grass fed cows that are free of growth hormones and it’s sweetened with stevia.  It’s called: Natural Whey by Bodylogix- Vanilla Bean.

Did I mention that this recipe taste’s like mint chocolate chip ice cream?

Ingredients:

1 Scoop Whey Protien

1 cup non-dairy milk (I like unsweetened cashew milk)

1/2 frozen banana

additional ice-cubes (add as many as you like to make the thickness you desire)

1 cup spinach or other green

1 drop peppermint extract (start with one drop and add more if you need)

additional stevia or other sweetener of choice (if you want it sweeter-try it without this first because the bananas and protein powder already have stevia)

1-2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips

Method:

Toss all ingredients except the chocolate chips  in a blender (I use the Ninja) and blend until smooth.  Add the chocolate chips and blend briefly so the chips get chopped up but not emulsified.  I like to use a wide straw to drink, the chips should be small enough to fit through the straw.

You might be able to get away without adding the banana but I have found that it adds to the creamy texture.

 

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