IMG_0850With Thin Mints in the house I consistently find myself wanting to snack on them in the evenings.  But years of eating these Girl Scout favorite has taught me that I have little self control and 3 cookies and quickly turn into eating the whole sleeve.  So while it’s better that I stay away from the Thin Mint cookies, I’ve found a great alternative that I can enjoy year.  I call it my Vegan Thin Mint Protein Shake.

It’s a simple recipe that can be made in less than 3 minutes.  And best of all, it won’t kill my fitness goals and leave me regretting poor eating choices at the end of the day.  If you’ve read some of my story in prior posts, you know that I’ve struggles with late night and fatigue snacking for most of my adult life.

You could use a chocolate whey protein powder if you prefer, but I’ve used vegan chocolate Shakeology today.  Also, depending on the desired thickness of your shake, you could use either water (thinner shake) or a milk product (thicker shake).  I used 30 calorie Almond Milk simply because that’s what we had in our refrigerator.  The final variable is if you are using peppermint extract or a peppermint essential oil.  The essential oil is much stronger in taste and so I would recommend using just a drop or 2.  But I’ve seen similar recipes recommending up to 1/4 tsp when using the extract.

So here are the ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of chocolate vegan Shakeology
  • 8 oz of almond milk
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 cup of ice

Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.  It’s that simple.  And  best of all a 200 calorie shake is just as satisfying as a 640 calorie sleeve of Thin Mints, but without the guilt.

To your health,