Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Do you love mint chocolate chip ice cream or Thin Mint cookies?  If so, this smoothie is definitely for you!

This is just one of the ways I love to use the mint that I grow in my backyard garden (you can also check out the creamy mint and avocado sauce that I make for veggie dip and use as a burger topping).  Any time fresh fruit and herbs are in season, I try to incorporate them any way I can to give my morning breakfast routine a bit a variety and this is my newest way to do that!


Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:


Blend until smooth…and enjoy!


What is your favorite smoothie flavor?


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For more smoothie recipes:

Blueberry Mango Smoothie // Money Savvy Living

Blueberry Mango Smoothie


Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie


Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie




Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

It’s mid-October.  The air is finally getting cooler ironically, we’ve had quite a warm fall!  So even though it hasn’t really felt like fall much yet, I am starting to get in the mood for some yummy fall treats.  And what better way to do that than with pumpkin and oat cookies?!

But these are even better because they are actually healthy for you too!  So, they truly are guilt-free cookies well, almost guilt-free!

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.  And you can even add a little glaze to the top if you really want to indulge…

Pumpkin & Oat Healthy Cookies

½ cup butter
1 medium egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ tsp. baking soda
½ cup quick oats
½ cup all purpose gluten free baking mix**
1 banana, mashed
2 Tbsp. raw chia seeds
3 Tbsp raw honey, melted

**or for an extra protein boost, use ½ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy, add egg and beat until combined. Add in pumpkin puree, baking soda, quick oats, gluten free baking mix, banana, chia seeds, and melted honey. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Use cookie scoop to place dough on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until light golden brown.


*to order Vanilla Juice Plus Complete for a nutritional boost to this recipe, click here.


These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat something that is actually good for them and they won’t even know it!



Shake It Up: Smoothie Challenge

 Shake It Up | Money Savvy Living


You may have heard of a weight loss challenge or a fitness challenge, but you probably have never heard of a smoothie challenge.  Do you currently drink a smoothie or protein shake?  Maybe you use it as a meal replacement, pre-workout energy drink, post-workout recovery, or healthy snack.  But does it really provide the nutrition that your body is needing?  If you are using it as a meal replacement, does it provide enough protein?  Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals from a good, natural source or is your current protein shake filled with artificial colors, flavors, and manufactured vitamins?


What you are putting into your body every day matters.  Our bodies can absorb and utilize naturally occurring vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables much better than synthetically created ones.  So if you are taking a weight loss supplement or protein shake that has been “fortified with vitamins,” your body may not be able to utilize those forms as well as naturally occurring vitamins found in the whole food source.  Or you may even be taking something that is labeled “natural” or “organic.”  And don’t get me wrong, “natural” and “organic” are definitely good, but let’s not forget that the elements showing up on the periodic table are “natural” and “organic” too… and many of those, would be harmful to consume.


Read the label of your current protein shake.  What are the ingredients?  What is the source of the vitamins and minerals?  Trust me, it matters.


So what exactly is a smoothie challenge?


I want for you to compare labels.  Look at your current protein shake and then compare it to Juice Plus+ Complete.  I have a feeling that you are going to see all sorts of added preservatives, fillers, flavors, etc in what you are currently taking.  Now look at the Juice Plus+ Complete label:


I have been drinking protein shakes for breakfast since I was in college… eating a big breakfast has never really been my thing… so I have tried many protein shakes from several companies, health food stores, and I can honestly say that I like Juice Plus+ Complete the best.  For me, it has been life changing. 


Does that sound dramatic to say that a protein shake is life changing?  Maybe it sounds that way, but it truly has been.  Before I started taking the Complete protein shakes (in combination with the Juice Plus+ Trio: Garden, Orchard, and Vineyard), I had a feeling of hunger all the time.  I was hungry, but didn’t know what I craved.  I had the urge to snack to fill that hunger—and that is the wrong thing to do.  Once I started making the Juice Plus+ Complete shakes in the morning, and taking the fruit and vegetable supplements, those feelings of hunger went away—I no longer felt the urge to snack—my body was getting something that it hadn’t had before.  I felt satiated.  (Juice Plus+ Complete also comes in individual serving packets that are perfect to take on-the-go!) 


And as a result of not feeling the urge to snack, I have just an overall better feeling in my body.  You know, that #hangry feeling went away.  I started to lose weight.  YES!  In the last four months, I am down about seven pounds.  Of course, I also try to get in at least 7000 steps a day on my activity tracker… you can read about How My Activity Tracker Has Changed My Life as well.  But the point is, I haven’t done anything drastic.  I haven’t had to cut stuff out of my diet… and best of all, I didn’t have to starve myself to try to lose weight.  It is happening with proper nutrition.



So… I am challenging YOU to compare labels, replace your current protein shake with Juice Plus+ Complete for the next 60 days… and experience the difference for yourself!  If you are not totally satisfied, Juice Plus+ has a Satisfaction Guaranteed policy, so you can return your purchase for a refund.  There is absolutely no risk!   So what are you waiting for?  You will literally be able to taste the difference between the vitamins from the fruits and vegetables and the synthetic ones.  Take the #ShakeItUp Smoothie Challenge for the next couple of months… your body will be glad you did!