Thin Mint Protein Shake

Today started with Sadie’s favorite morning activity… a run!

Run Me, Baby!

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! šŸ˜‰

5-Mile Stats

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…

Green Machine

Didn’t your mama tell you not to judge a book by its cover? Well, don’t judge this shake by its appearance. šŸ˜€ Though it looks like I blended up Slimer for breakfast, the shake actually tasted like a thin mint cookie!

Thin Mint Green Monster Protein Shake

I promise you can’t even taste the spinach!

Green is Good

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! šŸ˜€

Now it’s off to work!

Happy Tuesday!


  1. says

    My dog pees when she gets excited too šŸ˜‰ Glad that was never a problem in my own life, cause I get pretty excited sometimes too, haha! Ah that shake sounds AMAZING! I wish I could muster up to a cold smoothie, but the weather here just doesn’t permit!

    Enjoy your Tuesday!


  2. says

    What a great idea! I just bought a huge bunch of spinach and have been wanting to make some sort of green monster with it. I’m thinking something seasonal, gingerbread perhaps? Imagining what color that would be is not very appetizing though…


  3. Jenny @ Enjoy Your Cheerios says

    Love it, Girl Scout Cookie in a Glass. I’m not a fan of thin mints, so maybe I’ll try to make the tagalong version of this instead.


  4. says

    Yummm sound delicious! I’ve been meaning to add a little mint to my green monsters lately but need to go out and buy some! I’ve also been making mint hot chocolates by mixing the hot chocolate powder into a mug of mint tea. Tastes so winter-y!! Have a great day Julie! šŸ™‚


  5. says

    Peppermint extract – that is so smart!!!! I need to try it!

    Since I don’t have chocolate protein powder I bet I could substitute with a little chocolate jello pudding mix and some cottage cheese. Delicious!


  6. Nicole (Picky Nicky) says

    I love running with friends! Time passes so quickly šŸ™‚
    And you make me want to buy peppermint extract! I think I’ll get some this weekend, chocolate + peppermint is just irresistible!


  7. Jessica says

    Hello! I have a quick question for you. What time do you get up in the morning to get your workout done? I am starting a full time position where I have earlier mornings that I am used to as a graduate student. šŸ™‚
    I need some help getting going for a workout in the morning instead of at night.



  8. says

    I love thin mints or anything mint mixed with chocolate. I’ve never had a smoothie with spinach before. I’ve seen it on so many people’s blogs. I should try it.


  9. Melissa says

    How much peppermint extract did you personally use? I’ve never used it, so I don’t want to throw, like a teaspoon in it, and it be too much? But I’m guessing a teaspoon??



  10. says

    now, THIS is on my “NEED to try” list! šŸ™‚

    I have looked for xanthan gum everywhere… I had no luck, so I just ordered some online. thin mint shake, here I cooome!


  11. Melissa says

    I am thrilled to find this blog – it is so refreshing! Find myself reading all your different recipes and anxious to try them out. Peanut butter is quite simply one of the best foods out there – I have made Peanut Butter Buckeyes for my friends several times (dipped in Dark Chocolate, of course!). Have lost 40 pounds in last 6 months and now have my skinny body back thanks to workouts and healthy eating. Look forward to your blogs in future! Now if I could only force my body to workout in the mornings….. šŸ™‚


  12. says

    AH, and I meant to ask you, Julie!

    I’m considering asking for one of those watches for christmas. what do you think of it? I have a free pedometer on my iTouch, so I can’t decide if it’s worth it or not.

    What’s your advice? šŸ™‚


  13. says

    I made a mint chocolate smoothie tragedy last winter when I thought a cap full of peppermint extract was a good amount to use. Fail. That’s waaaaay too much mint. It made it soo bitter.


  14. says

    Julie, you are a genius! I just had the Thin Mint Shake for an after-dinner snack and it was DELISH! I thought the shake would be bitter for lack of banana, but it was super good!


  15. Courtney says

    Hi! I just found your website and I’m pretty much addicted! I bought the materials to make the Green Monster and tried it out last night…delicious! I actually forgot to buy the Xanthan gum so I was worried, but looked at the ingredients in the protein powder and there was some in there. It was a LITTLE thicker than milk in the beginning (probably because of the ice), but toward the end, was the same thickness as milk. Would you use extra xanthan gum in this smoothie (if there is already some in the protein powder?) Just curious!



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