Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Although my favorite color is green, St. Patty’s isn’t my favorite holiday (come to think of it, I’m not really sure what my favorite holiday is…). I just don’t understand how a day meant to honor someone could turn into just an excuse to get drunk. Don’t get me wrong: that isn’t to say that I haven’t spent my fair share of St. Patty’s days plastered.
My most memorable drunken March 17th was spent with great friends abroad in Aotearoa/New Zealand chugging Irish Car Bombs and plastic cups full of green beer into the early morning hours, at which point we headed to the pubs (and proceeded to scarf down wedges with sweet chili sauce).
Looking back, I’m glad I don’t drink anymore. Of course, there are no regrets, but seeing how much more I honor my body nowadays is confirmation enough for me to steer clear of alcohol and drugs. But focusing on health, eating clean and not drinking doesn’t mean I sit out the celebration! My hubby is Irish (and he loves his beer!) so I wanted to do something fun, festive and special to celebrate St. Patty’s Day while also ensuring that we both get our nutrition in. Enter: the incredible Shamrock Smoothie [a.k.a. the Chocolate ‘O Mint or “Black+Green” Shake].
There just aren’t enough words to describe the pure deliciousness. I already know more than a few of you will look at the ingredients and think spinach?!!, so I’m here to tell you: hells yes! If you have yet to try spinach in your smoothies, do it STAT. You won’t even taste it and it’ll add incredible nutrients to your meal! For this occasion, mix it up with some mint and chocolate and I have only two words: SO. GOOD!
[Ingredients: In order to keep the bright green color, you’ll need to mix up two different batches [the green + the brown] and then pour them into your glass separately.]
- 2/3 frozen banana [I used an apple banana]
- 2 c fresh spinach (packed)
- 2/3 c almond milk
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/4 tsp spirulina and/or flaxseed [optional]
- 1 serving chocolate protein powder [I use BioChem 100% Whey]
- the other 1/3 frozen banana
- 1/3 c almond milk
- small handful of dark (or semi-sweet) chocolate chips [I used about 6 chips]
In a tall glass, pour in half the green mixture, then all of the brown, and finally the remaining green.
Top with fresh mint leaves and a few chocolate chips and enjoy…
Or, warm up some of the smoothie a bit and use it as a mix-in for your oats [I used my go-to steel cut oats with chia (click for recipe)]!
This was delicious, although it totally ended up looking like Shrek’s swamp about half-way through…
Ben tried to make me feel better about it by saying “it looks like Ireland!” (hehe), but when it comes to healthy and delicious food, I don’t always need to be persuaded by looks.
And with that, I’m off to shave my legs and get to work (it’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I last shaved my legs!). Thank goodness I only have two more days before Spring Break – I am in need of it!!
Don’t forget to wear your green today!
How are you celebrating today? Are you a ‘green monster’ smoothie fan? How do you feel about drinking?
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