Happy Saint Patricks Day!
In honor of this fun day, I have a delicious SUGAR FREE shake to share with you. This is real fast food! It only takes a minute to prepare! It has a wonderful array of nutrients like calcium, b vitamins, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin D, selenium, iron, potassium, amino acids, enzymes, probiotics, 32 grams of protein, and so much more.
Mint Chocolate Chip Breakfast Shake
This recipe makes a 16 oz serving shake. It is just the right size for breakfast, or drink half for a snack now, and freeze half for a snack later. It is an S meal or S snack using the Trim Healthy Mama method.
1/4 cup FRESH mint leaves or 2 tsp mint extract (or both if you like it green and extra minty! Fresh mint has all kinds of health benefits including vitamins, chlorophyl, oils, fiber, and antioxident properties).
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (this enhances the mint flavor)
1/2 cup cottage cheese (I use Daisy brand, as it has only 3 ingredients and no preservatives or fillers)
3 tsp Truvia (or try 2 tsp Truvia plus an 1/8th tsp or a few shakes of NuNaturals Pure White Stevia to make it sweeter)
1 capsule probiotics emptied and capsule discarded (or 1/2 tsp of probiotic powder)
8 ice cubes
2 to 3 tbsp dark chocolate or THM Skinny Chocolate recipe. (If you want chocolate chips, try to find sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free dark chocolate chips. I like the Enjoy Life brand).
1/2 cup plain almond milk (depending on how thick or thin you like it use up to 3/4 cup as needed. I find if I stick to 8 ice cubes I don’t need the extra fluid, but if I go up to 10 ice cubes when I want it super cold, I need the extra liquid to blend everything and break the ice into a creamy ice cream)
1 tbsp of vanilla whey protein powder (from grass fed cows), or you can increase to 4 tbsp to increase the protein if desired when using as a meal replacement. 4 tbsp is about 2 scoops with the scoop that came with my container. You can also use a plain or chocolate protein powder in this recipe too for more variation.
Blend everything together until smooth. This will result in a thick creamy minty chocolate chip shake. I love the bits of dark chocolate thorughout, and if you use the fresh mint leaves, you will also have bits of “green” throughout the shake too. YUM!
1) Try adding in 2 tbsp of cocoa powder for a Double Chocolate Mint Breakfast Shake. IT IS SOOO GOOD!
2) If you prefer to eat scooped ice cream, you could freeze this shake after making it until it is very hard, then scoop it out into a bowl (or cone) and eat as is, or make it into a Mint Sundae. See my Double Chocolate Breakfast Shake and Sundae to see an example of how to do this.
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