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