BY: Lively Staff

March 8, 2018

This Refreshing Mint Smoothie is Full of Nutrients

Love smoothies but not sure how to make yours nice and thick? This thick, frosty mint smoothie tastes like a treat, but it’s actually super healthy for you. 

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Here at Vital Proteins, we know a lot about smoothies, as it is one of the top ways to add collagen protein easily into our daily diets. We have quite a collection of healthy smoothie recipes, and this avocado mint smoothie is one of them. Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrients into a recipe without taking up a lot of time and effort.

A really good smoothie texture is reliant on a few factors. The first factor is using as much frozen fruit and ingredients as possible. Using frozen bananas not only adds a creamy, thick texture to a healthy smoothie recipe, but it requires no ice to be added. Ice can water down a smoothie and give a chunkier texture. I used frozen banana and frozen avocado to give this avocado mint smoothie a ‘frozen yogurt’ kind of texture. Be sure to peel the banana and avocado prior to freezing, and cut it into smaller chunks for easier removal and blending.

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Another important factor for creating a really creamy smoothie is the liquid-to-solids ratio. Too much liquid can really water down the smoothie, while too little liquid can make it difficult to blend everything up. I start with about a half a cup of coconut or almond milk, start blending, and then add more as needed to get the right amount of creaminess. Having a milkshake-like smoothie can feel decadent, but knowing you added all those healthy ingredients to your smoothie makes it even better.

I love using hemp seeds in healthy smoothie recipes because they are rich in nutrients. Hemp seeds have an ideal balance of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, the ratio being 3:1. They are high in protein and contain nine essential amino acids that our bodies do not naturally produce. Hemp seeds are also a good source of manganese, vitamin E and magnesium.

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If you haven’t tried the Collagen Sports Greens yet, this healthy smoothie recipe is the way to try it. It not only contains collagen peptides, but also has protein from watermelon seeds. The watermelon seeds are shelled and sprouted to give the most nutritional benefits. The Dark Chocolate Collagen Sports Greens are a dairy-free protein source perfect for your pre- or post-workout snack, or if you just need a boost of energy. And the chocolate flavor pairs beautifully with the avocado mint flavor in the smoothie.

Become a smoothie expert and connoisseur by using these tips and tricks to getting the best smoothie texture!

Avocado Mint Smoothie
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large frozen banana
  2. ½ frozen avocado
  3. ½ C frozen spinach
  4. 2 T hemp seeds, plus extra for topping
  5. ½ - 1 C coconut or almond milk
  6. 1 scoop Collagen Sports Greens
  7. 3-4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  8. 1-2 T cacao nibs, for topping
Instructions
  1. In a high-speed blender, add in frozen banana, avocado, spinach, hemp seeds, coconut milk, Collagen Sports Greens and mint leaves. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into a serving glass and top with extra hemp seeds, mint leaves and cacao nibs. Serve immediately.
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Sarah Anderson is a freelance recipe writer, personal chef, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She focuses primarily on healthy gluten-free and Paleo recipes. You can find her recipes and personal work on Instagram and Facebook @whitestripekitchen.

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