Used for hundreds of years, with many different varieties, mint is a lot more than a flavor of your toothpaste. Full of iron, manganese and vitamin A, this easy-to-grow herb has a lot of health benefits you may not be aware of.
The smell of mint activates our salivary glands, and the glands that get our digestive enzymes going, which means that it’s the perfect after dinner snack, as it helps our digestion.
Its sharp but naturally soothing scent is also often used as a homeopathic remedy for nausea and upset stomach, and may help with the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowl syndrome).
A natural stimulant, mint can help your perk up during a long afternoon, or even give you a healthy jolt before you head to the gym.
With “one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food,” this fresh herb in a bonafide cancer fighter. One of the antioxidants mint contains is rosmarinic, which has been studied as a natural treatment for seasonal allergies.
With other examined benefits such as easing the pain of breastfeeding, preventing ulcers, and lessening the irritation of bug bites and rashes, it’s pretty clear that adding more mint to our daily diet is a great idea!
Smoothie Recipes with Mint
Mint Chocolate Chip “Nice” Cream
This drink does it all! First it cools you with the mint, then it adds pep to your step with chlorella and cacao. Your immune system will also get a kick of vitamin C from both the spinach and the orange. To get an ice cream consistency, peel and freeze the banana prior to blending. Want a little extra crunch? Add the cacao nibs after everything is blended and blend for about 10-30 seconds.
Chocolate and peppermint go deliciously together, but cocoa and fresh mint is an even better combination because of the natural goodness in both. Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, the same cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering antioxidants that are found in wine and tea, and mint is both a natural digestive aid and energizer. Chard has a high protein content for a vegetable, and the easy going flavor combination of apple and squash will allow you to fully appreciate the chocolatey, minty sweetness this smoothie has to offer.
Apple Pineapple Express
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, and chia seeds are believed to have been used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas to increase stamina and ward off hunger. Rich in fiber, protein, healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, chia seeds also contain a healthy serving of calcium and iron. When you combine these powerhouse seeds with vitamins K and C from kale, more healthy fiber from an apple, and even more vitamin C and antioxidants from pineapple and mint, you get a low calorie, high fiber breakfast that will keep you going all day long!
Celery Apple Refresher
Superfood moringa oleifera is native to Asia and Africa. Moringa has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can be taken to combat skin infections. It's also rich in iron and protein! All nuts have high vitamin E and oleic acid content, and hazelnuts are no exception. Both help keep skin supple and moist. Celery has a very high water content so it's a great way to hydrate. Apples contain copper, which helps skin produce melanin and protect against UV damage.
This refresher is light and detoxifying. It aids in digestion, hydration, and helps skin stay clear. Collard greens are good even when they’re not cooked in bacon grease! Like all cruciferous veggies, they’re high in vitamin K and minerals. Apple’s high fiber, water, and pectin have a range of benefits including helping to reduce cholesterol. Chia seeds bulk up once they come in contact with liquid, and can help keep you full and satisfied all day. Top it all off with fresh mint!
Strawberry Peach Pick-Me-Up
As long as there are still fresh strawberries to be had, summer is still here. In addition to getting almost a full day’s worth of vitamin C -- a water-soluble vitamin that has to be added to our bodies daily -- from the strawberries, nectarine and pineapple, you’ll also get a bunch zinc and antioxidants from pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are quite the antioxidant powerhouses, as are maqui berries, which have more antioxidants per serving than almost any other fruit. When you add a few cooling sprigs of mint, an herb known for aiding in digestion, into the mix, you’ve got a summary drink that will keep you healthy all the way through fall.
A cup of collard greens contains almost five grams of protein, as well as good amounts of vitamins K, A and C. Mint and lime combine for a slightly tropical flavor combo, while pear and persian cucumbers add hydration, potassium and copper. Pea protein, which is an easily-digestible, plant-based protein that’s perfect for vegans or people who can’t digest whey or soy, makes this relatively low calorie smoothie a perfect post workout snack. Rehydrate your body, give your muscles the protein they need, and add a dose of nutrients to keep you feeling energetic after any kind of exercise.
Apple Maple Grapefruit
It may initially seem jarring to combine tart grapefruit with cool mint, but these opposites actually create a lively flavor profile! Plus, grapefruit is a low calorie, fiber-rich food, which means that it’s great for weight loss, and mint is a known digestive aid. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is known for its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties, and maple syrup is a natural sweetener (and energy source) that’s full of calcium and iron. Sweet, tart and satiating, this smoothie is sure to be the newest flavor combination you never knew you loved.
Melon Mint Fresco
We feel bad for poor old honeydew. For some reason, honeydew gets a bad rap. It’s known as the “fruit cup filler” and it is often scoffed at for having zero taste. Well, if all those cynics could see it now. The melon and mint combination coupled with the cucumber’s crisp flavor creates such a springtime symphony in your blender filled with potassium and vitamins A and C.
There is nothing like watermelon in the summer. Watermelon juice is nearly as refreshing as coconut water and much easier to obtain. This smoothie is our take on the classically refreshing drink. The cucumber and mint only heighten the refreshment. We can’t think of better way to cool down than this.
You don’t have to wait until Girl Scout Cookie season (approximately 108 days away, but who’s counting, right?!) to get your Thin Mint fix. This sweet, chocolatey, minty smoothie gives you that cookie satisfaction without all the sugary additives. Refreshing and sweet, we don’t think there is a better combination than chocolate and mint.
Apple Radish Mint
Enjoy the vitality Mesclun brings to this smoothie. Mesclun is an assortment of young salad greens that are sown, grown and cut all together. It’s like a tender little family of nutrients, adding a super boost to your smoothie. We're lucky enough to have Phillips Farms, a family farm in Milford, New Jersey, provide the sweet Jonagold apple for this awesome blend. These apples are a cross between the Jonathan and Golden Delicious. It's like Bennifer but with a happy ending.
There is nothing like a hot cocoa during the cold winter months, and thanks to this smoothie, you can indulge in this craving happily. Both cacao nibs and cacao powder are rich in antioxidants such as Magnesium, Iron, Chromium and Zinc, all of which are beneficial in detoxifying and cleansing the body. Mint, a potent antioxidant known to ease digestion, brings it all together, creating the perfect chocolate-mint combo. Tummy-pleasing, sweet-tooth satisfying, mission accomplished!
Maqui Mint Mango
The Maqui Mint Mango will make you go “Mmm!” This fresh, fruity concoction is a pretty purple refresher. Blackberries and mangos may come from two totally different places, but they’re both full of antioxidants and natural sweetness. Blackberries have a high tannin content which helps ease intestinal issues, and mangos have probiotic benefits. Both are rich in vitamin C, as is maqui berry (also rich in calcium, iron and potassium!)
Mint Chamomile Elixir
Mint and chamomile are the key ingredients in this stress-reducing remedy. The scent of fresh mint alone is believed to reduce stress. For centuries chamomile has been prized for it’s therapeutic benefits as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and of course a natural relaxant. We've harnessed the calming effects of a cup of tea in one powerful smoothie.
Tropical Grapefruit Mint
This ain’t your grandma’s grapefruit diet! It’s a fresh and tart citrus delight full of vitamin C. Heart-healthy, fiber-filled grapefruit blends with sweet pineapple, refreshing mint, and superfood acai berry to bring you back to your last tropical vacation. Walnuts tone it back down and make this smoothie creamy and irresistible. Pro tip: Be sure to remove all the bitter pith (the white part around the grapefruit).
Green Cantaloupe Mint
This refreshing pick-me-up is crisp and green. Collard greens is one of the most nutrient packed vegetables and pairs nicely with the sweetness of cantaloupe and pear. Cantaloupe is high in Vitamin A-- containing about 30 times the beta-carotene content of oranges! It’s hydrating and has many benefits for the skin, including clearing acne and helping to prevent wrinkles. Camu camu powder can help fight viral infections including the common cold.
Mint Chocolate Chip
This classic combo will wow your tastebuds. Fresh mint and cacao nibs give this smoothie its comfort-food flavor. Banana and apple add fiber and stomach-settling properties. Sneak your greens in with our fresh collards. Did you know that walnuts can help reduce stress? Studies show that walnuts lower both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress. Nothing wrong with that!
Watermelon Cherry Mint
Somehow we managed to combine every iconic summer flavor into one delicious drinkable.Have you ever had cherry tomatoes with actual cherries? Pair these with watermelon and it’s a pretty red hydration bomb! Pomegranate is one of nature’s biggest sources of antioxidants, with more of the cancer and inflammation fighters than red wine or green tea. Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, which helps regenerate skin and stimulate blood flow for that healthy glow.
There’s nothing like a mojito on a warm summer night, but this version doesn’t just have the tropical flair of pineapple and the cooling sensation of mint, it’s also full of protein (thanks to hemp seed), and essential vitamins A and K (thanks to swiss chard). Because they so easily into smoothies and disappear into other recipes, pears can often be overlooked, but this low calorie, high fiber fruit is full of essential minerals like copper, iron and manganese.
Minty Grapefruit with Lime
For all their sweetness, grapefruits are quite low in calories. They’re another high vitamin C food, and also have good doses of vitamin A and beta carotene. Maqui powder, made from a ground up fruit native to Chile and Argentina, has more antioxidant power than almost any other food. Give yourself even more vitamin C with a half a lime, nourishing potassium from banana, and the breezy, stomach-easing power of fresh mint, and you’ve got a breakfast smoothie that will make your skin and energy as bright as the leaves that are just beginning to fall.
Earl Grey Mint
Mint is one of the best stomach soothers out there, whether you suffer from regular indigestion or just temporary discomfort. It’s also high in antioxidants, making it a frequent addition in detox drinks. Earl grey tea is another great digestion aid and mood soother, and the light sweetness of honeydew and pear make this the perfect drink to calm your body and mind. Pro tip: for a stronger tea flavor, steep the tea in ¼ cup of hot water. After a minute or two (the longer you leave the leaves in hot water, the stronger it will get), add ¾ cold water and blend. Do not drain the tea leaves, blend them with the smoothie.
Peppermint “bark” might be having a moment, but if you’re trying to go lighter on the sugar, try this chocolatey, pepperminty smoothie. Banana, coconut milk and cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form) combine to make a rich base, with a few mint sprigs added in for the freshest dose of mint you’ve ever had. Cacao is full of iron and polyphenols (cancer-fighting micronutrients), and mint has been used for centuries to help ease digestion. This smoothie is so good (and so healthy), Santa might even request it instead of his usual cookies and milk.
Coconut Pineapple Mint With Bai
Nothing says “tropical” quite like an ice cold coconut drink, and not only can Bai’s Molokai Coconut transport you to a tropical island, it’s also packed with the antioxidants and electrolytes Bai is known for. You’ll also get almost a full day’s worth of vitamin C and natural caffeine, as well as polyphenols from the coffeefruit extract that’s included in every Bai product. Add in some additional vitamin C, fiber, and tropical deliciousness from pineapple, and the anti-inflammatory effects of the Polynesian superfruit noni (which also helps lower cholesterol), and you’ll feel like you just came back from a rejuvenating beach vacation.
Creamy Matcha Mint
Matcha, which literally translates to “powdered tea,” is different than the bagged tea you usually drink because instead of just steeping the leaves, you’re actually ingesting powder made from the leaves. Thanks to L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that provides focused energy without jitteriness, matcha is a great alternative to traditional coffee drinks. The refreshing flavor of mint, and the energy-sustaining healthy fat / protein ratio of cashews and avocado, also help to make this smoothie the perfect pick-me-up. And at only 11 grams of sugar per serving, there’ll be no crash later!
Mint Chocolate Shamrock
For this smoothie, we’re partnering with Gotham Greens, a New York company that grows all its produce in pesticide free, ecologically sustainable, 100% clean energy greenhouses - basically, it’s the freshest, cleanest lettuce you’ve ever had! When cacao beans are roasted and ground, they become cocoa, but if they’re slowly dried, they’re remain cacao, the rawest form of chocolate there is. Cacao is extremely high in antioxidants, and is often used as a natural mood elevator. This healthy version of a chocolate shake also contains mint in its natural form, which is known to help with digestion and give a little boost to your energy.
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