Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mocha Frappuccino Green Smoothie

Okay, so yes it's green.  In fact it's VERY green :)  I'm sure it's not what most people would expect a mocha frappuccino to look like, but it's MUCH better for you than one of those admittedly delicious, but sugar-laden concoctions and it honestly does taste yummy.  
I have green smoothies 3-4 mornings per week, always after boot camp classes and sometimes just because I can't think of what else to have for breakfast.  They're a quick and easy way to get a good protein punch and fit in some veggies at the same time.  I'm not really one for fruity smoothies, in fact I rarely add fruit at all anymore.  So this is pretty much the way I usually make my morning smoothie, but I decided to add some coffee substitute today to change it from chocolate to mocha.  
I like to use quite a few frozen ingredients as it keeps the drink nice and cold and gives it more of a frappuccino texture.
Here's what I did...

 Added about 3 cups frozen organic spinach to the Vitamix container

Added 1 scoop of protein powder
  This is my favourite protein powder (chocolate)

 This is prepared Irish moss (the always lovely Meghan will show you how to make it here.

 I added one heaping tablespoon of the Irish moss

 and about 1/2 cup flax mylk

 I cube of frozen coconut milk (I freeze coconut milk in ice cube trays for just this purpose)

 and a few ice cubes to make it frosty

 raw cacao nibs (oh so delicious and oh so good for you)

 I added 2 tablespoons of the cacao nibs

 and a couple of teaspoons (all I had left) of this coffee sub. (made from roasted barley, rye, chicory and beet)

Blitzed it all up in my trusty Vitamix and gobbled it up.  Of course no green smoothie (or other delicious beverage) should ever be enjoyed through anything but a beautiful Strawsome glass straw!

The Lean Green Bean