An Easy Christmas Morning Smoothie

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Holiday cheer is here but that doesn’t have to mean your health goes out the window.  There’s a way to strike a balance of enjoyment and sticking with healthy eating.  One fun holiday pastime is taking traditional recipes and spinning them into healthier versions that hold true to their festive roots.

With this smoothie, the sky’s the limit with substitutions for palate or dietary preferences.  See the substitution list below for more ideas.  Here’s more on healthy holiday classics and how to balance parties while still taking care of you.


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  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • 2 romaine (cos) leaves
  • ½ cup (100 g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Crushed candy canes (optional, for garnish)


  1. Peel banana.
  2. Wash romaine (cos) lettuce.
  3. Add all ingredients to blender, starting with almond milk.
  4. Blend well, adding ice as desired.
  5. Pour and garnish.
  6. Enjoy!


  • Romaine Lettuce:  spinach, kale
  • Banana: dates
  • Strawberries: raspberries, cherries
  • Maple Syrup:  honey

Servings: 16 - 18 oz (500 ml)

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories280
  • Fat9g
  • Saturated Fat2g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium290mg
  • Carbohydrates10g
  • Fiber10g
  • Sugars23g
  • Protein 7g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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