When I was a little girl my parents would take my brother and me to Jasper National Park every year. My mother loved the mountains. She would turn on classical music as we drove into the park while encouraging us kids to look up and take in the scenery. At the time we would roll our eyes, wanting to be left alone with our earphones. Today, I find myself turning around and harassing my kids to look up and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
A ritual on our annual mountain vacations was to visit a small ice cream parlor in town, the store had an arcade in the back (yah— very old-school!). Looking back, I don’t think the ice cream was really anything special but, as I kid, I thought it was the greatest in the world.
Each time we visited, I would order the same flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip, my all time favorite ice cream. Whenever I taste this flavor combination, I am brought back to a time that was less complicated, fun and full of possibilities. I wanted to create something that would not only nourish me, but provide the kind of energy you have as a child, and also bring back that positive memory. This Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie bowl is able to deliver in all these areas. I would love it if you leave a comment below, telling me about your favorite ice cream. Maybe I can help create a Smoothie for the kid in you.
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 scoop of your favourite greens powder
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves
- 1.5 cups ice
- 1-2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- Place all ingredients except the cacao nibs into a blender and process until smooth
- You can add more ice or pre-freeze the banana if you want this smoothie bowl to be a thicker consistency.
- Top with raw cacao nibs and serve!