In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’ve got a festive and deceptively healthy green smoothie recipe for you to try: Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie. This kid-friendly smoothie is packed to the brim with deliciously minty and chocolatey flavor, with the added bonus of masking the spinach–your family will never know what hit them. This smoothie recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert and can be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to accommodate all the little leprechauns in your life.
Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie
1 green pear or green apple, sliced (optional for sweetness)
¾ cup milk (may also use almond, soy, hemp, or rice)
½ cup yogurt (may use traditional or Greek; plain or vanilla)
1 handful of fresh mint leaves, stems removed
1 handful spinach
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate
- Place all of the ingredients except the chocolate into a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Adjust to taste.
- Serve with a garnish of chopped dark chocolate and mint leaves. Enjoy with a spoon or straw.
Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and founder of Capitol Nutrition Group in Washington, DC.