The powers of chocolate milk were in my mind when I created this smoothie that, in my opinion, is even better than plain ol' chocolate milk. Plus, I was inspired by dishing up the dirt's mint-cacao banana smoothie (although I left the banana out). PLUS, my colleague just happened to bring in a surplus of fresh mint from her friend's garden this week -- love that! Combine all of these factors and naturally I ended up with this delicious, refreshing smoothie. I created it after doing my REALLY hard HIIT/circuit workout at the gym this morning -- I was EXHAUSTED and knew my muscles needed some restoration after that!
This is definitely one of my new favorite smoothies -- so fresh and restorative. Give it a try! Here's the recipe:
For 1 small smoothie
-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-8-10 fresh mint leaves
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
-1 handful crushed ice
-1 tbsp honey
-Dash vanilla extract (optional)
*For a creamier and more substantial smoothie, add 1 banana
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!