At Thrive HQ, we love the idea of eating green foods on St. Patrick’s Day, as long as food dyes aren’t involved. There are plenty of naturally green—and nutritious!—options available, and our dairy-free mint-coconut shake is a perfect example. Fresh spinach, avocado, and mint give this creamy frozen drink its verdant hue—and the refreshing flavor seems just right for welcoming spring.
Yield: 1 serving
Active Time: 5 minutes
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ can coconut milk
1 cup packed baby spinach
5 to 7 mint leaves, stems removed
1½ tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint flavor or extract
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 cup ice, crushed
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
Place all ingredients except ice in blender; blend until smooth. Add ice and blend again until incorporated.Sprinkle cacao nibs on top.
Recipe credit: Angela Gaines
Photo credit: Paul Delmont
Melinda writes about health, wellness, and food for the Thrive Market blog. She started her career as a financial journalist in NYC and has written for Where Magazine, Worth, Forbes, and TheStreet.com. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys working out, sketching, and playing with her daughter and mini-dachshund, Goliath.
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