Yummy As A Milkshake: Choco-Mint Spirulina Smoothie

This rich choco-minty smoothie is one of my favorite snacks, but I especially love it after yoga or sport. It uses a base of almond milk, rich in magnesium, which helps improve muscle recovery and eliminate muscle pain and fatigue―so important after intensive toning and stretching during yoga! (Keep in mind that nut milks that "strain" the nut meal out don't provide protein, but nut milks that have the whole nut, such as my cashew milk, do. Adding a bit of coconut water to your smoothie is also another great way to help your body replenish electrolytes―a much healthier alternative to high sugar sports drinks, but take it easy on the coco water too as it's rather high in naturally occurring sugars.)

Confession: I don’t really like bananas. Living in Mallorca, I’m happy that I can get decent tasting platanos from Spain’s Canary Islands, and at least they aren’t high mileage fruit, but I’m still not that crazy about them. Freeze them, however, and I am a fan! They make smoothies so creamy and as delightful as dessert milkshakes, and they make the most amazing miracle one ingredient vegan ice cream. (See my recipe here.)

To your health and happiness! xx, Juli

Serves 2 (you and someone you love!)

  • 1 cup frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups almond (or any other nut milk; or replace 1 cup almond milk with 1 cup coconut water)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 - 8 young fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup ice (optional, but it makes it frothier)
  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender (preferably a high speed blender) until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!