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Easy, Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (with spinach!)

Gone are the days of spinach smoothie recipes that taste like grass — and good riddance. This simple combo is one of my very favorites for post-run fuel.

Even Tommy loves this smoothie. And that is really saying something considering he would pick pizza or cereal for breakfast over a smoothie any day. Yes, my husband eats leftover pizza for breakfast. But hey, there are certainly worse choices. But maybe I should stick some spinach on there.

I love this smoothie after a run since I get healthy carbs, protein and fats — and it’s FAST which is key when I’m starving post-run. Plus, I’ve really been trying to fuel sooner after I finish a run, since it’s so important for recovery!

Is spinach good in a smoothie?

YEP. The beauty of adding spinach to smoothies is that you really can’t taste it, but it adds a boost of nutrients. Other greens, like kale, can be pretty pungent so spinach is a good option if you’re super averse to drinking greens.

For some people spinach in a smoothie is seriously no big deal at this point vs. 10 years ago in the early blogging days where it was like WHOA, WHAT, WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT.

However, I still have a lot of friends and family who are weirded out by it, mostly because of the color! But putting raw spinach in a mint-flavored smoothie makes it more approachable since people expect mint-flavored things to be green. Hey, what do they say, we eat first with our eyes? So true.

Here’s the recipe!

My all-time favorite spinach smoothie recipe!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 T cacao nibs

Instructions

1

Blend all the ingredients together, except the cacao nibs, until creamy, adding more milk if necessary for desired thickness.

2

(If you use a full scoop of Vega, you'll definitely need more milk!).

3

Add the caco nibs and pulse in the blender a few times. Top with extra cacao nibs.

spinach smoothie recipe

Recipe notes:

  • I really like Vega Sport protein powder.
  • You can find cacao nibs at Trader Joe’s, typically by the granola or chia seeds.
  • I always buy way more bananas than a human needs in a week so I can put extras in the freezer. A frozen banana is a must for a creamy texture. I promise it makes a big difference vs. a non-frozen one. (There’s a reason banana ice cream is a thing.)
  • Speaking of creamy textures, a Vitamix blender is one of the best investments you can make for your kitchen. A powerful blender makes a HUGE difference in achieving that super creamy texture you get from a smoothie shop (and pay like $12 for, gah). I use mine daily for smoothies, soups, sauces. And I’ve had it for seven years and it’s still going strong.

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  • Rosey Rebecca
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    Yum! This looks awesome! Love chocolate and mint together!

  • Kristen
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    Soo… you have me giving myself major facepalm here! I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to add mint flavor to a mint chocolate chip smoothie and somehow the thought of adding actual mint leaves eluded me? I think I was so stuck on trying to replicate the face mint from a milkshake that I wasn’t thinking. But thank you!

  • Jen
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    My husband and I have been married for nearly 18 years and we have always had super cheap blenders, he keeps wanting to try smoothies with a bunch of ingredients but I told him it just wouldn’t work with our blender! We finally, FINALLY invested in a Vitamix last week and OMG, I can not believe the difference! Now I’m on the smoothies for ALL train 😉 Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  • Anita
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    This sounds doable. I hate the raw spinach taste in my smoothie so I had to give it up. I sure will give this a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jaime Raymond
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    I found that if you don’t have mint leaves handy (b/c I usually don’t), you can use a little peppermint extract.