SNEAKY VEGGIE SMOOTHIE RECIPE: COLLEGE LIZ MINT

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THE RECIPE: COLLEGE LIZ MINT MYLKSHAKE

This smoothie is on regular rotation in our house because it's just the right amount of sweet, creamy and minty AND it's packed with all the nutrients you need for a satisfying breakfast. The best part? Serve this up to your partner or kiddies in the morning and you've snuck a few servings of veggies in their unsuspecting bods without anyone being the wiser.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened nut milk 
  • 1 Scoop Nuzest Clean Lean Protein - Chocolate Flavored (click here to visit their website and automatically get a MFW discount added to your cart)
  • 2 Scoops Further Food Collagen (get a discount on their website with my code MISFITWELLNESS10)
  • 1 Tablespoon whole chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon cashew or almond butter (watch out for added sugars and oils in your nut butters my friends!)
  • 1 Pitted Medjool date
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 C Trader Joe's frozen riced cauliflower (OR try using 7 cubes of Trader Joe's frozen coconut if you're looking for an even thicker, richer, creamier cup of heaven)
  • 1/4 C Frozen sweet green peas
  • 1 Small handful of organic spinach 
  • 3 Ice cubes
  • OPTIONAL: Raw Cacao Nibs for topping (or if you are having this as a treat, go wild and use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. Enjoy Life is an allergen free brand I love!)
  • NOTE: Unfamiliar with raw cacao or chia? Check out the Misfit Wellness Superfood Glossary to learn more!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put a 16 oz. glass or jar in the freezer to chill while you gather your smoothie makings. 
  2. Put all ingredients, excluding cacao nibs or chocolate chips, into your high-speed blender or Vitamix. Blend on high until fully combined, smooth and creamy, (or use the "smoothie" setting of your Vitamix)
  3. Pour smoothie into your chilled glass and top with cacao nibs. Enjoy!

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THE BACKSTORY

Before the age of 23 you couldn't even get me to look at most vegetables without gagging. Ice cream on the other hand? Ice cream and I were best friends. Especially vanilla (couldn't get enough of white foods), and mint chip.

While I was growing up, my parents did their best to get a few broccoli spears into my body over the course of the 18 years under their roof, but if my memory serves me right, I don't think I ate one vegetable during my entire time away at college. I was finally exercising my free will -  and my right to eat nothing but highly satisfying, highly processed foods. You couldn't convince, pay or force me to eat vegetables. They weren't even on my radar. 

If you have someone in your house vehemently opposed to the consumption of green things, OR if you're simply struggling to get your 5-7 servings in each day, this recipe is for you. The flavor is so delicious and the mint hides any hint of vegetables. Trust me,  it would have even fooled "College Liz".