Recipe: Mint chocolate green smoothie by Raw Chef Debra Garner
Mint goes hand in hand with the holiday season. Minty candy canes, mint chocolates, mint hot chocolate and more. This green smoothie will give you a blast of mint and a power punch of nutrition, too!
The following are some of the benefits of mint:
Aids in weight loss
Improves oral health
Good for your skin
Alleviates allergies and hay fever
Protects against radiation-induced DNA damage
Good treatment for IBS
This recipe also contains the meat and water of a young Thai coconut. If you have never seen a young Thai coconut — they’re white and wrapped in plastic — you can find them at Walmart and Raley’s. The water is sterile and so delicious — nothing like coconut water that comes in a carton. Please watch a YouTube video on how to open it safely before trying to do it on your own.
The coconut water has numerous benefits including:
Full of electrolytes
Kills intestinal worms
Soothes urinary tract infections
Reduces food cravings
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
Full of enzymes to aid in digestions and more …
You will need a good blender to make this smoothie. You will make 4-5 servings from this recipe. My boys love it so I rarely have leftovers, but you could freeze the leftovers to make minty chocolate popsicles.
Mint chocolate green smoothie
1/2 a bunch of fresh mint (you can add more if not minty enough)
1-2 cups of spinach
1/3 cup of raw cacao powder
Meat and water of one young Thai coconut
4-6 frozen bananas (depending on size)
Enough water to blend
2-3 medjool dates (if you need added sweetness)
Place in blender all the greens, the young Thai coconut water and meat, and cacao powder. Blend it down. Add the bananas and water to blend.
Add more mint if needed. Add the dates if you need added sweetness. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe by Raw Chef Debra Garner. To learn more about the raw food/plant based diet and Debra’s services, visit her website at http://rawchefdebra.com. She offers a six-week raw vegan/plant based coaching program as well as ready-made raw vegan creations.