I really did not mean for three weeks to go by for another blog post. After my last post is got bronchitis for the first time in my life. I ended up being sick for pretty much the entire month of February. Anyway, it’s March now and March has been living up to it’s name of in like a lion. While we have beautiful 65 degree weather one day, we have snow the next day.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is next week on Friday, March 17th. There is a chocolate shake I’ve made myself for quite a while and I’ve been waiting for the right time to share the recipe with you. So making a healthified version of a certain fast food restaurant’s mint chocolate shake now seemed like good timing. With just a few additions I turned my usual chocolate shake into a mint green chocolate shake.
Whether or not you are dairy free this shake will knock your socks off.
It’s really very simple. All you need is:
- A frozen banana
- Coconut milk
- Organic Gemini TigerNut Chocolate Smoothie Mix
- Raw honey
- Ice cubes
- Vital Proteins Grass fed beef collagen powder
- Leafy greens (spinach, kale, or beet greens)
- -Mint extract
- Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
Unless you eat bananas like crazy we all usually have 1 or 2 bananas that go overripe. These bananas are great for freezing and using for baking, shake making, or ice cream making at some later date. One time when I ordered groceries from Amazon Fresh they sent me 5 bunches of bananas. I let them get really ripe then froze them.
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The best way to freeze bananas is on a small cookie sheet. Peel the bananas and place bananas on the cookie sheet, make sure the bananas do not touch, then put the cookie sheet in the freezer overnight. The next day put all the bananas is a large zip top freezer bag and return to freezer. By freezing them on the cookie sheet first this will prevent the bananas from sticking to each other when you put the freezer bag in the freezer. Now you have individual frozen bananas whenever you need them.
For the coconut milk I use So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk, found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I prefer So Delicious brand because it doesn’t have carrageenan. Carrageenan is added to food as a stabilizer, however it is a known inflammatory agent giving people gastrointestinal problems. Just this past November the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board voted to remove it. I’ve never tried making this shake with the canned coconut milk but if you want to give it a whirl let me know your results.
If you are not yet familiar with TigerNuts by following my blog you will. I actually got a tour the Organic Gemini facility here in Brooklyn late last year. TigerNuts are actually a root vegetable grown in Africa, they are then shipped to Spain for distribution. Organic Gemini makes many products with TigerNuts including flour, granola, horchata, and smoothie mixes. You can also buy them raw. There are a few companies that sell TigerNuts. I prefer to buy Organic Gemini because it supports a local company.
The below pictures shows the machine used to package Organic Gemini products. There is one machine for all products. They have a daily rotating schedule of which product is packaged each day. The day I had my tour they had just finished packing peeled TigerNuts.
Using raw honey is always your best option. Raw honey has all the nutrients that you always hear about that honey has. The typical store shelve honey has been cooked and processed so much most if not all the nutrients have been processed out. If possible use local raw honey, using local honey helps with allergies because the pollen in your area will be different than say in my area.
Vital Proteins Grass fed beef collagen peptides powder is great because the collagen is good for your hair, nails, and joints. I always use grass fed beef. The cattle are treated more humanely, they are healthier because they are consuming grass which their bodies are intended to eat, and they don’t get hormone and antibiotic injections. If the animal has received antibiotic injections then when we eat that meat we are consuming that antibiotic. This, in turn, leads to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics should be used as little as possible. When I had bronchitis I had to take antibiotics for the first time in two years.
The unnamed fast food mint chocolate shake uses green food coloring to make their shakes green. Food coloring is made from petroleum. Food coloring are known allergens. I use leafy greens, while the shake may not get as bright green, it’s still green. Spinach, kale or beet greens will all work to get that green color plus they all have great nutrients, like vitamin A and vitamin C. Plus, you can’t even taste them in this shake.
Soy free, dairy free chocolate
Enjoy Life Foods products are free of the top 8 food allergens. It is the only chocolate I can find that is free of dairy and soy. Plus all their products are made in tree nut free facilities. To top it off all their products are 100% GMO free.
Making St. Patrick’s Day shake
Ok, down to nitty gritty of actually making the shake. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender turn on high for 10 seconds, then down to medium for 15 seconds, then back up to high for 10 seconds, the back down to medium for 30 seconds or until thoroughly blended and ice is fully crushed. Pour into a large cup, serve with a straw. I prefer a large bubble tea straw. Enjoy!
The recipe is below.
Let me know what you think in the comments!