Last winter, one of my Portland WW leaders told me that she put spinach in her smoothies. I was simultaneously repulsed and curious. She really tried to say how frickin’ delicious it was.
“Here’s what ya do,” she said enthusiastically. “Throw in some spinach, throw in a packet of the WW French Vanilla Smoothie Mix, throw in some water and ice, throw in some fruit, and blend it up. And it’s so good!”
Fast forward a month or so. I am SO jazzed to try this weird new thing that I go to my meeting in Albany and buy not one but TWO packages of the Vanilla Smoothie Mix (they were on sale) AND a KitchenAid blender. I never buy WW food products (and it should stay that way).
I blend it up like she told me to.
I try it.
And I drank it.
But I didn’t really like it.
I really wanted to, though.
See, the thing is, the smoothie packet made it really thick and starchy, and it tasted like a mouthful of aspartame. And on top of that, it was bland as all get-out. I thought all hope was lost.
But I was so wrong!
Spinach has been an incredibly awesome mix-in for my smoothies (as I’m sure you’ll see in future recipes). It is full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and has other very healthful properties. This recipe also contains super-healthy coconut milk and protein-packed and probiotic Greek yogurt.
This particular recipe was inspired by Chef Lauren, who made me a version of this when I was home over the summer, and it blew my mind. By this time, I had actually turned HER on to my usual spinach smoothies, but she had tweaked it and worked in some chocolate.
And I shit you not when I say that it tasted JUST LIKE A MILKSHAKE.
Lauren’s version contained honey and cream, and was delicious. This version is a tweak off that, to make it even more friendly for WW (although you can feel free to make it her way with honey instead of Stevia and cream instead of coconut milk).
Really, all you do is put some spinach and coconut milk in your blender.
Let it liquefy. You probably won’t want to try it just yet, but see how pretty that color is?
Then add some more ingredients, and blend again.
Et voila! A super, super, super delicious green chocolate smoothie! The only thing that I think stops people from making drinks with spinach is the color. But really…trust me…you can’t taste the spinach one bit. Just know that you’re drinking something SUPER nutritious and SUPER delicious that just happens to look SUPER awesome, too!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Om nom nom.
Paleo Green Chocolate Milkshake
• Generous handful (or two!) of fresh spinach
• 1/2 cup plain coconut milk (the drinkable, So Delicious or Silk brand)
• 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt (Fage or Chobani are good ones)
• 1 frozen banana
• 1 packet Stevia (may be substituted with honey, but will affect nutritional information)
• 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (try it dark!)
You most likely want to break down your spinach. That said, I hope you have a good blender. The way I maximize my spinach breakdown is to begin blending the spinach first. So, throw in a generous handful of spinach into your blender and add your coconut milk. Blend until it’s broken down or liquefied.
Cut your frozen banana in half (it blends better broken down), and toss into your blender with the Greek yogurt and your Stevia packet (or honey). Blend until smooth.
Finally, add your tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, and blend on the mix setting until it’s dissolved. The mixture should be quite smooth and frosty now!
Serve in your favorite glass, and drink up!
This recipe makes one serving, approximately 2 cups, and for my WW friends, this is delightfully placed at a mere 3p+! No joke! (Seriously…packed with protein and nutrients and yumminess. It’s worth 3p+!)