As a person who works from a home office, I like having the ingredients on hand to make a healthy, easy-prep, easy-to-eat lunch. I favor recipes that are tasty, rich in protein and complex carbohydrates, and satisfy my sweet tooth… just a little.

ingredients for a healthy chocolateHere’s what I throw together in a blender to do the trick:

1-1.5 cups of light vanilla almond milk

1 scoop of chocolate plant-based protein powder
(Note: Juice Plus’ Dutch Chocolate is soy-based and the tastiest brand that I’ve sampled.)

1 generous fistful of fresh spinach

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup fresh peaches or berries

ingredients for a healthy chocolateI generally add the ingredients one-at-a-time to ensure that they’re blended thoroughly and don’t strain the mixer’s motor.

By adding spinach to the mix, you get a gaggle of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients without really noticing its presence… other than the decidedly green color. To get a consistency like a soda fountain milk shake, use a frozen, overripe (“cheetah’d”) banana that you’ve thawed for 8-10 minutes and/or add ice cubes. If you’d like mint flavoring, add a few mint leaves.

Delicious!