Chia Mint Smoothie
This evenings Chia Mint Smoothie turned out pretty darn yummy I must say. I had bought a large bag of fresh organic mint leaves and stared at it for some time, debating just how much to put in my smoothie. I really didn’t know how strong the flavor was going to be and feared over powering the recipe with it. I packed a full cup of just the leaves. I looked at it from the top, I viewed it at eye level, I held the measuring cup to my nose and inhaled the aroma deeply, I fluffed the leaves, I pushed them down, I hummed and I hawed…then I just lost control and without hesitating I dumped the whole cup in the blender. I hit the on switch and hoped for the best. Growing up as an only child, I have learned to easily entertain myself. :) End result… I think I could have easily added more mint. You can adjust the measurement to whatever strikes your fancy.
- 4 cups kale, stems mainly removed
- 2 cups of water (or coconut water for absolute decadence!!)
- 1 cup fresh mint (1 oz) – could add more if desired
- 1 banana, ripe (3 3/4 oz)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries, organic
- 2 Tbsp chia seeded, soaked in 1 cup of water
- 1 scoop Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp NuStevia powder (or chosen sweetener)
- Blend water and greens in the blender first. This will help with the texture.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- **I add a handful of ice to my smoothies too.**
Tip to always remember!
- Blending fruits and vegetables together breaks down the cells of plants and improves digestibility. BUT even with that, be sure to chew your smoothies. The chewing process starts the release of the saliva in your mouth. The mixture of saliva and your food is where digestion begins. This is a very healthy habit to get into. It may feel strange at first but soon it will become an automatic response.
- Calories: 431
- Fat: 8.3
- Fiber: 23
- Carbs: 65.6
- Protein: 30
Our Star Ingredients Today – Fresh Mint!
- While peppermint leaves are available throughout the year, they are especially good in warm weather when they can give a burst of cool flavor to a summary salad or beverage.
- Peppermint has greenish-purple lance-shaped leaves while the rounder leaves of spearmint are more of a grayish green color. The taste of both peppermint and spearmint bear a flavor that can be described as a cross between pepper and chlorophyll, with peppermint being a bit stronger and spearmint being a little more cool and subtle.
- Peppermint can relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including indigestion, dyspepsia, and colonic muscle spasms. These healing properties of peppermint are apparently related to its smooth muscle relaxing ability. Once the smooth muscles surrounding the intestine are relaxed, there is less chance of spasm and the indigestion that can accompany it. The menthol contained in peppermint may be a key reason for this bowel-comforting effect.
How to Select and Store
- Whenever possible, choose fresh mint over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor. The leaves of fresh mint should look vibrant and be a rich green color. They should be free from dark spots or yellowing.
- Even through dried herbs and spices like mint are widely available in supermarkets, you may want to explore the local spice stores in your area. Oftentimes, these stores feature an expansive selection of dried herbs and spices that are of superior quality and freshness compared to those offered in regular markets. Just like with other dried herbs, when purchasing dried mint try to select organically grown mint since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated.
- To store fresh mint leaves, carefully wrap them in a damp paper towel and place inside of a loosely closed plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator, where it should keep fresh for several days.