Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Healthy Thin Mint  Surprise  Shakeology®

Sometimes, you just need a thin mint cookie.  No problem when it's Girl Scout cookie season.  But what do you do when it's not?  Healthy Thin Mint Surprise Shakeology® to the rescue!  I adapted this recipe from Megan of With Salt and Wit.

Note: I typically use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology® because I prefer the taste, but this recipe is not dairy free.

½ cup cottage cheese*, 2% (low sodium recommended) - SURPRISE!
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa/cacao powder
1 scoop Chocolate, Vegan Chocolate, or Vanilla Shakeology®
¼ teaspoon peppermint or mint extract
½ - 1 cup ice (optional; per your thickness preference)

1.  In a high powered blender**, blend cottage cheese and almond milk until smooth
2.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth or desired consistency is achieved
3.  Enjoy!

*Cottage cheese haters – I am one of you.  I can’t stand the taste or texture.  I promise both disappear with the blender and additional ingredients.  Cottage cheese is a great source of selenium, which is nourishing for the thyroid!
**While I dream of someday owning a Vitamix or Blendtec, those are not currently in the budget.  Based on reviews and product description, I opted to purchase a KitchenAid® 5-Speed Diamond Blender instead.  It was a fraction of the price ($129.95), plus I used a 20% off coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond, who usually offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more.  I ended up paying $104 plus tax for an awesome blender I’ve used to whip up Shakeology®, homemade baby food, soup, tomato sauce, etc.  PLUS it comes in 16 different colors!  Note – I was not compensated in any way to endorse this product.  I just happen to like it a lot and think it’s a great alternative to also amazing, but much pricier blenders such as those mentioned above.      

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