Sadie just about peed herself (in fact, she may have actually peed herself) when she saw my friend Laurel hop out of her SUV to meet us for a 5-mile run around the lake near my apartment.
We took this morning’s run nice and easy because both Laurel and I were feeling rather sluggish. Apparently indulgent eating over Thanksgiving does not make for a light-as-a-feather run!
It was great to catch up with Laurel while checking my workout off my to-do list!
As our run was concluding, Ryan was walking out of the gym, so Sadie and I joined him for a one-mile walk which served as a great cool down from our run.
When we arrived home, I busted out the blender to make a protein-packed shake for breakfast.
A craving for peppermint was in full swing this morning which I’m assuming can be attributed the hot mug of my favorite Williams-Sonoma peppermint hot chocolate that I enjoyed last night. I figured I could satisfy my craving by making myself a healthy peppermint chocolate shake using chocolate protein powder and peppermint extract.
Into the blender went…
- 1.5 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 1 cup almond milk (regular milk would also work well)
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 tsp. Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum (a must-have for thickness!)
- Peppermint extract, to taste (CAUTION: Add a tiny bit at a time. This stuff is strong.)
- 2 large handfuls fresh spinach
And out came…
Didn’t your mama tell you not to judge a book by its cover? Well, don’t judge this shake by its appearance. Though it looks like I blended up Slimer for breakfast, the shake actually tasted like a thin mint cookie!
I promise you can’t even taste the spinach!
Side note: Taking a picture while pouring a smoothie out of a blender is no easy task…
This little accident was well worth the trouble of making this smoothie. It was minty, chocolatey and tasted like a Girl Scout cookie. Sounds like a winn-ah!
Now it’s off to work!