Are you tired of eating spinach and sucking back casein protein shakes?
Me too! That’s why I invented a recipe that masks the sketchy flavours and textures of spinach & casein. Yes! You’re welcome!
Would you believe me if I told you I used casein & spinach to make the best ice cream flavour in the whole world?
Yes! I made mint chocolate chip protein ice cream that tastes exactly like you remember it as a kid! Ridiculously delicious!
Shhh! Don’t tell people about the spinach because they will have no clue it’s in their ice cream. You cannot taste the spinach at all. It does, however, turn the ice cream a perfect minty shade of green… and without having to use sketchy food colouring.
Popeye had it right. Spinach really does make you stronger because of its nitrates. According to a recent study lead by Dr. Eddie Weizberg and published in Cell Metabolism, eating 300g of spinach reduced the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles by 5% when exercising. The nitrates in the spinach make your mitochondria (“the cell’s engine rooms”) run more efficiently, which in turn makes your cells – and therefore your muscles – run more efficiently.
And let’s not forget that spinach is high in calcium, folic acid, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A & C and lutein.
Place the following into a mini food processor and blend until it looks like the photo below:
- 1/4 cup of spinach leaves (remove the stems)
- 20 mint leaves (remove the stems)
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 tsp guar gum (to make it creamy) – OPTIONAL
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (to thicken it) – OPTIONAL
- 1 scoop of Bodybuilding.com 100% Casein – Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pour this mixture into big measuring cup (with a spout) containing 1/4 cup of water (I added the extra water to yield a greater quantity of ice cream, because I like big portions!)
What If You Don’t Own an Ice Cream Machine?
No worries. I can teach you how to make it using 2 Ziploc bags!
Just click on my other ice cream recipes to learn the fast technique (or to try these yummy recipes!)
Health Benefits of Mint Leaves*:
- good source of vitamins A, C & B2
- good source of dietary fibre
- good source of folate, iron, magnesium, manganese
- low in calories
calories: 229, fat: 8.5g, saturated fat: 1.2 g, cholesterol: 15mg, sodium: 371.7mg, carbohydrates: 14.1g, fiber: 5.4 g, NET CARBS: 8.7g, sugars: 2.7g, protein: 26.4g
Compare this to mint chocolate chip ice cream from Baskin Robbins, which has twice the fat, 8 times the saturated fat, 3 times the carbs, 10 times more sugar and 1/5 the amount of protein.
What is Casein Protein?
Casein protein digests SLOWLY, providing a slow-release amino stream for an 8 hour period. This means it can be used to help repair muscle and prevent muscle breakdown while you sleep for 8 hours. Therefore, the optimal time to take it would be before bed.