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 SmoothiePrint Recipe
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 big handful spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup almond milk
- 5 mint leaves
- 1 T cacao nibs
Blend all the ingredients together, except the cacao nibs, until creamy, adding more milk if necessary for desired thickness.
(If you use a full scoop of Vega, you'll definitely need more milk!).
Add the caco nibs and pulse in the blender a few times. Top with extra cacao nibs.
- 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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