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Raw Chia Mint Smoothie

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Raw-Chia-Mint-Smoothie1This 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 leaves, stems removed.  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.

Colon Spasms

Yea, I did just type the words “colon spasms” (haha) but with reason.  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. These are good things to know as you slurp your smoothie.

Smoothie Tips

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.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water or coconut water
  • 4 cups kale, stems mainly removed
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 1 ripe frozen banana, rough chopped
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries, organic
  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp NuStevia powder (or chosen sweetener)
  • Pinch Himalayan pink salt

Preparation:

  1. Soak the chia seeds in 1 cup of water for about 15 minutes in the blender carafe.  Enough for them to swell up.
    • The first thing to add into your blender is the liquid.  This will the greens move more freely when blending.
    • Start with 1 cup.  After everything is added, feel free to add more if desired.
    • The more liquid you add, the more watery or runnier the smoothie will be.
  2. Add the kale and mint.  Blend until the greens are broken down.
    • Blending in stages prevents chunks.
  3. Add the frozen banana, raspberries, protein powder, vanilla, sweetener and salt.  Blend until smooth.
    • I always recommend frozen bananas over fresh.  Make a habit out of storing overripe, peeled bananas in the freezer for future smoothies.
    • A dash of a high quality salt will increase the minerals and improve the taste of your smoothie.
    • A good green smoothie should be absolutely, perfectly smooth.
  4. Optional – Add ice
    • Always add the ice last, otherwise you may over blend the ice and it will make your smoothie watery rather than frosty.
    • I usually only add ice if my fruit wasn’t frozen.

Learn how to design you own smoothies by reading through my, Template for Designing Smoothie Recipes.

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5 thoughts on “Raw Chia Mint Smoothie

  1. Courtney says:

    What is the shelf life for this juice? I’d love to try this, but am concerned that I won’t be able to finish it in time before it spoils.

    • amie-sue says:

      Courtney,

      When making fresh juices and smoothies, it always best to consume right away and not them sit throughout the day. amie sue

  2. Coco says:

    Hi Amie-Sue,

    I’ve been a subscriber for 2 years now, and I want to express how grateful I am for having found your site. :) I’ve had the pleasure of trying out quite a few of your juice and condiment recipes. I usually favorite many of the recipes on your website, but find that when I return to it later the favorites aren’t marked anymore. I was wondering if there was a way I can create an account on your website, so I can save the recipes marked as favorite and not have to search for them again?

    Warmly,
    Coco

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Coco,
      So nice to hear from you again. I appreciate your dedication in visiting my site over the past few years. :) Right now, with the way my site is set up, the “favorites” list can’t be saved within my program. It is only saved on yours. If you ever clear the cash on your browsers, it will erase what you had saved on my site. In the near future I will have it set up where the favorites list will be locked in and you won’t have to worry about losing it.

      Have a blessed day, amie sue

  3. amie-sue says:

    Hello Nadine,

    For starters, once you soak chia seeds, you can remove the soak water… it all turns into a thick gel. :) It only takes about 10 minutes for the chia seeds to swell, at that point throw it in the smoothie. :) Enjoy! amie sue

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