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Happy New Year … bring on the Superfood Smoothies!

It’s a brand new year – a time to refocus with gratitude and move forward. Why not spend some time focusing on wellness and health? Can’t hurt right?

I’m not one to jump into “guilt around food mode” or start up a totally restrictive diet. Now don’t get me wrong, certain diets are really wonderful for healing purposes, and I think that’s great. I fully support whatever works best for you because we are all so different.

That being said, we can all support our bodies with REAL, nutrient-dense superfoods. Easy right? Well, it can be. Real food doesn’t have to be complicated and can still taste good, too!

Superfood Chocolate Mint Smoothie | Delicious Obessions

One of my favorite ways to get a lot of superfoods into my diet is with smoothies. I love smoothies! Berry smoothies, fruit-less carrot smoothies, orange creamsicle smoothies, green smoothies {with pre-steamed greens for better nutrition}, kombucha smoothies … yep, I love them all.

Smoothies are perfect for on-the-go meals, afternoon snacks and portable lunches. They can also help curb a sweet treat craving, and they’re a great way to get multiple superfoods into your diet. Kids love them, too! [Quick Tip – Because kids love smoothies with straws, I highly recommend serving smoothies with straws if you want your little one to drink all of the smoothie.]

So what makes this smoothie so special? Well, it tastes great, but it’s also packed with whole + REAL + superfood ingredients. Let’s take a look at some of the stars of this superfood smoothie.

Superfood Chocolate Mint Smoothie | Delicious Obsessions

Hydrolyzed Collagen 

I cannot say enough good things about collagen. My family loves it! Collagen is basically the same thing as gelatin, but it does not gel like gelatin does and it fully dissolves in liquid. One thing I love about it is the protein content. The brand I use is 11 grams of protein per scoop. This smoothie calls for 2 scoops, so you get a good dose of protein in this smoothie.

Some other awesome things about collagen – it’s known for helping support digestion and gut health, helps support bone and joint health, helps build and restore muscle, helps support metabolism, plus so much more. I only recommend using a quality grass-fed collagen. Knowing the source is very important, especially since we’re talking about superfoods here.

Healthy Fats 

I love adding healthy fats to smoothies, especially fruit-based ones. Some great options for healthy fats are avocados, coconut milk, raw whole milk, whole yogurt, kefir, pastured egg yolks, avocado oil, and melted coconut oil/ghee/pasture butter. This smoothie contains avocado and whole milk/coconut milk. You can also add in a raw pastured egg yolk from a trusted source for extra nutrition.

Raw Cacao Powder 

I love raw cacao powder … mostly because I love chocolate. Just being honest! That being said, raw cacao is high in iron, magnesium and potassium – awesome right? It’s also an antioxidant!

Vitamins & Minerals  

I love adding a quality, authentic sea salt for trace minerals. I also love to add whole food {non-synthetic} vitamin C powder to smoothies. It’s a great way to get those important minerals and immune boosting vitamin C into the body.

Optional Add-Ins 

If you want to add a little more boost to the smoothie, try adding a capsule of a quality probiotic and quality spirulina powder. A word of caution here: if you do add the spirulina, just know it will change the color and flavor of the smoothie a bit. Probiotics are great for supporting gut health and spirulina is known for helping support the immune system, increase energy, uplift the mood, plus so much more.

Blend it all together and enjoy!

Superfood Chocolate Mint Smoothie // deliciousobsessions.com

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Important Note On Gelatin Types 

When it comes to gelatin, you don’t want any old gelatin off the supermarket shelves. You want to look for 100% grass-fed gelatin from healthy animals. Just like other animal products, quality is important.

That is why I recommend Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin products and Perfect Supplements products exclusively. I have compared these brand with other brands on the market and the quality far surpasses anything else I’ve tried. I am thrilled to be one of their affiliate partners and support such great products and companies.

Perfect Supplements offers a grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen (cold-soluble) right now and has a gelatin (hot-soluble) in the works for 2016. Read my review of their product here or watch the video below. You can order their own products via their own site here or on Amazon here.

Vital Proteins offers two types of gelatin. The green top (Collagen Protein) is what you need for this recipe and for recipes where you are making gummies, “jello”, etc. The blue top (Collagen Peptides) is cold water soluble and does not thicken or gel like gelatin does. Both are very nutritious, but can’t be used interchangeably. You can order their own products via their own site here or on Amazon here.


Superfood Chocolate Mint Smoothie
 
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Cuisine: Beverages, Breakfast, Snack, Healthy Treat
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add frozen milk "ice cubes", milk or coconut milk, frozen avocado or banana, cacao powder, collagen, raw honey, vanilla extract, peppermint extract or fresh mint leaves, sea salt and optional spiralina powder and whole food vitamin C to a high powered blender.
  2. Blend until smoothie is thick and fully combined. Note - I use the ice cream setting on my blender. If you're not using a high powered blender, you will most likely need to add more liquid in order for the smoothie to blend. More liquid will end up producing a thinner smoothie consistency.
  3. Taste smoothie - if desired, add more honey or peppermint extract.
  4. Pour smoothie into glasses. Serve as is or top with raw cacao nibs and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Drink up!
Notes
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND freezing the 1⅓ cups milk or coconut milk first. It really helps improve the texture of this smoothie. The texture kind of falls between a thin smoothie texture and a milkshake texture. I just fill up my silicone ice cubes mold with milk/coconut milk the night before I want to make the smoothie. If you choose not to do this, just add the 1⅓ cup milk/coconut milk as is to the blender. The smoothie will still taste great, but it will not be as thick without the frozen cubes.

Frozen avocados or bananas produce a better texture for the smoothie and help keep it thick. Make sure to freeze the avocado or banana the night before you want to make the smoothie. If you don't care for banana flavor, use avocado instead because the banana flavor does tend to come through. The "green" flavor of the avocado is nicely masked in this smoothie.

Yield: Makes 1-2 servings for an adult or 2-3 small servings for kids.
 

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