I have so much to tell you.
First of all, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have started the Low FODMAP Diet. Quick 101: FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are sugars/carbohydrates found in foods that can trigger IBS. You can find more here, but I just wanted to fill you in on the change that Skinny Muffin is about to see for the next couple weeks and maybe forever.
I started yesterday, so today is Day 2, but I feel a lot better. Already. It’s pretty miraculous. If you’re interested in FODMAP, I am posting some of my lunches on Instagram. They are currently pretty bland (rice, quinoa, salad, hard-boiled eggs) but once I go to the grocery store, I think I can expand my diet a little bit.
The point is that I decided to have a “one last treat” kind of thing before I started. I think eventually I could have this again, but I’ve seen mixed information on cocoa powder, so I’m staying away for a bit. And nuts [almond butter] are supposed to be eaten in moderation, so I’m not sure when I will be able to have this smoothie again, but let me just say.. I am counting down the DAYS.
This smoothie is delicious. It’s like someone liquified a Thin Mint cookie. And you get the pleasure of having the recipe. My coworker told me about this really awesome blog, Living Healthy With Chocolate, and obviously I started searching for something delicious. I mean, they are all delicious, but something I already had ingredients for.
With the 80°F weather, you deserve this. Life is hard. School, work, late nights, finding time for the gym, everything. You deserve a delicious beverage. Side note: I think this would be amazing with Bailey’s Irish Cream. Next time??
Healthy Chocolate Mint Shake
Adapted slightly from Living Healthy With Chocolate
1/2 c cold water
1 banana, frozen
1/4 c cocoa powder
2 tbsp almond butter
Splash of mint extract (1/8 tsp if you have it)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Blend in a blender or Magic Bullet.