Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chocolate Peppermint Kefir Smoothie

Chocolate Peppermint Kefir Smoothie
Chocolate and peppermint are one of my favorite flavor combinations, especially around the holidays. Creamy and delicious, this smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, electrolytes, probiotics and is packed with immune and brain boosting nutrition. But it’s the cool mint taste that wins me over! I find that it’s the perfect way to start my day. Because of the “slow carbs” and healthy fat ingredients, this smoothie keeps me feeling satiated and my blood sugar stable all morning and long into the afternoon.

Chocolate Peppermint Kefir Smoothie
Makes 2 servings (or 1 large, meal replacement serving)

1 cup plain kefir
1 cup coconut or almond milk
2/3 cup organic spinach leaves (or Swiss chard)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
1/4 avocado (see Tip*)
1 tablespoon coconut or flax oil
1/2 teaspoon stevia powder, or to taste (I used SweetLeaf brand)
1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (or about 15 fresh mint leaves), to taste
5 ice cubes
Enough water to reach desired consistency (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup)

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

*Tip: I buy avocados when they’re on sale and, when they’re ripe, I cut them into quarters, put the slices in a freezer bag and freeze them. They remain fresh and are great for adding to smoothies. Did you know that avocados contain more potassium than a banana? Plus they’re low in sugar and high in fiber!)

Nutritional Information per serving (1/2 recipe): 243 calories, 9.8 g carbohydrate (5.3 g dietary fiber, 3.2 g sugars), 17.8 g total fat (7.8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 378.3 mg calcium, 223 mg potassium, 477 mg Vit A, 4 mg Vit C, 5 mg iron, 8.1 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 4.5 grams.

Recipe and photo by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2017
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.

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