I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would be making drinks out of spinach and chia seed. To be fair, I don’t know exactly what kind of person I thought did this, versus what kind of person I thought I was. But I guess I thought I was the type of person who made doughnuts and cupcakes and martinis out of Lucky Charms. I don’t drink spinach, for crying out loud. Or kale. Or chia seeds. What has become of me?? Oh well, I’m accepting it.
A couple weeks ago, I was telling my sister that I had my Vitamix on overdrive and was trying to drink a green smoothie every day. She asked why I didn’t have any recipes on the blog and I said I just never really thought about posting the drinks… They weren’t that pretty and heaven knows there are enough green smoothies on the Internet. Right?? But then I made a special St. Patrick’s Day version. And it has chocolate in it. Real chocolate. And it’s kind of pretty. Plus, I already posted an alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day beverage, so I figure a semi-healthy sober one is A-OK.
Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie (makes 2):
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- 2 C Light Vanilla Silk Soy Milk
- 1 C chopped pineapple
- 5 C spinach
- 2 T fresh mint
- 2 T chia seeds
- 4 T mini chocolate chips
Basically, you are going to put all of your ingredients into your blender or Vitamix. But save a tablespoon of chocolate chips so you can sprinkle them over the top of the smoothies. It’s always a good idea to put the wet ingredients in the blender first, so the milk and the pineapple go first, followed by the spinach, mint, chia seeds, and 3 T chocolate chips.
Blend away. And it’s that easy.
You’ve probably heard it a million times before, but you really cannot taste the spinach in a green smoothie. Especially when there are other fun ingredients involved. I’ll give you that you can taste kale when you use kale (but I happen to like the taste!), but not spinach.
And the color is perfect, right? For St. Patrick’s Day, but really for any day. Because green is good! And most of us aren’t getting enough of it in our diets. And this is sooo easy to drink.
Plus, there aren’t too many people out there who don’t enjoy the flavor of chocolate and mint together. I started to consider using a little mint extract, but then I decided to go the fresh route instead and I’m glad I did because it was the perfect flavor.
I don’t think there’s quite enough chocolate in here to qualify this as dessert. It’s just a touch. And since you’re consuming so much spinach, you’re definitely allowed.
Also don’t feel bad if you drink this alongside a pile of cookies. Who am I to judge? Seriously though… I’m not allowed to judge.
So, let’s pretend you had all your St. Patrick’s Day fun this weekend. And since it’s Monday, you aren’t quite in the mood to go out and get crazy. Whip up one of these smoothies and you can still kind of sort of celebrate, while also packing in some vitamins AND getting a very important chocolate fix. Fine, I’ll admit I’m old and just gave you a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as an old person. But at least you’ll get your vitamins?
Are you on the green smoothie train yet?