Healthy Chocolate-Chip Mint Shake

This energizing smoothie tastes like a milkshake — but with antioxidant-rich spinach and cacao, it's way better for you.

healthy chocolate smoothie

This simple shake tastes so delicious you'd never guess there's a full cup of veggies hidden in it. Take a sip and I promise, you'll never be tempted to reach for a fast-food frosty or Frappucino again.

Cacao powder is packed with powerful antioxidants, as well as beneficial nutrients, such as magnesium, chromium, iron and manganese. Chocolate can also improve cardiovascular health and helps build strong bones. Bonus: It works as a mild aphrodisiac, and enhances your mood and energy levels.

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup spinach
2 tbsp cacao powder (raw is best)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Your choice of sweetener (suggested options listed below)
Leaves from 5 stems of mint
1 tbsp cacao nibs
4 ice cubes

Sweetener options (choose one): 
1/2 banana
1 tsp monkfruit
5 drops liquid stevia (make sure it's 100% stevia!)
1 tsp raw honey

Directions:

1. Blend the first six ingredients until smooth.

2. Add in ice cubes and blend until crushed, then add in the cacao nibs and blend for few more seconds. You want the nibs to give you the “chocolate chip feeling” in the shake, so don’t crush them completely.

Recipe adapted from Best Green Drinks Ever by Katrine van Wyk, a Health Coach at THE WELL.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. At THE WELL, our practitioners, including a licensed herbalist and medical doctor, can help you find the best herbal remedies for optimal health.

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