Nutritious Chocolate Mint Smoothie (Paleo Style)

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I know, I know…I am a couple days late with this one! I had planned to have this post ready for St. Patty’s Day, but unfortunately (or not:)), I drank this delightful smoothie before I gave myself a moment to take a picture. So, I just promised myself another smoothie the next day…and the next. πŸ™‚ Yes, I have had three of these since March 17th, but I am not ashamed! There is no need to feel guilty for this one, because it is full of nutritious ingredients, paleo, and even more, it is absolutely satisfying. Go ahead! Make a few for yourself this week. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 avocado, peeled, cut into chunks, and placed in the freezer for an hour (Please do not skip this step! This is a smoothie “game changer” in regards to texture!)
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
*1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk (Try this homemade recipe!) If you do not make your own, it is important to purchase a brand which does not contain carrageenan.
1-2 mejool dates
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, alcohol free (I purchase mine from Trader Joe’s.)
1/8 teaspoon pure peppermint extract (This is the brand I recommend, as it does not contain alcohol.)
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup ice
Optional add in: Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (This is a great protein source and super for gut health. Make sure to purchase the green can, not the red one.)

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. A high-speed blender works great for this, but if you do not have one, a normal blender will work just fine. It just may take a little more work to get it all processed. πŸ™‚ Pour your delicious treat into a large glass. If desired, top with one of these brownies!

*Start with a 1/2 cup of milk. You may need to add a little more milk (or water) to assist in blending. Add a little at a time, so as to not make it too runny. You want your smoothie to have an “ice cream-like” consistency. πŸ™‚

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Homemade, Nutrient Rich Bone Broth

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I wish I could take credit for this amazing recipe, but it is quickly becoming a more popular recipe amongst health circles. Known for its amazing health benefits, homemade bone broth is full of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and collagen. It is extremely beneficial for a strong immune and digestive system, as well as excellent for the joints, skin, nails, and hair. It is great for both children and adults, can be used in place of store bought broth in a recipe (with much higher nutrient quality!), and is super easy to make! I actually have been giving it to my one-year-old son in his sippy cup, and he loves it! Being that I am weaning him currently, I personally feel good knowing that, in addition to the rest of his diet, he is getting valuable nutrients from this broth. If you haven’t made this recipe before, I would really encourage you to start. It helps our family stay healthy during flu/cold seasons, gives the kiddos extra nutrients that I feel are far richer than standard milk, and is so versatile! I order my bones from Northstar Bison, or I save bones from whole chickens that I roast. I follow the recipe on the Wellness Mama blog, and you can find it by clicking on this link. She does an excellent job discussing the “why” and “how” of bone broth. Enjoy, knowing that you are adding a great staple to your family’s diet. πŸ™‚
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