Herbal Green Smoothie: Mint

Herbal Green Smoothie: MintFebruary is such a paradoxical month: it’s the shortest month of the year, but gosh does it feel endless sometimes. Spring is so close I can taste it–I’ve actually seen crocuses!–but the weather isn’t above throwing a few snow flurries into my face every now and then, probably to remind me of mortality. (Dear Winter, I GET IT.)

In these last few weeks of February, as everyone waits for the skies to brighten and the birds to start singing again, it’s important to keep your spirits up. Don’t let the gloom outside enter your soul, you know? I recommend candles at night, simmering cinnamon on your stove, reading at coffee shops, and (perhaps prematurely) introducing the bright, explosive taste of fresh herbs back into your kitchen.

We’ve shown you how to incorporate rosemary and basil into your green smoothies, and now it’s time for a perennial favorite that’s a little bit wintery, but with all the lovely freshness of spring: mint.

Mint has been a favorite of cultures all around the world for centuries. In Ancient Greece, for example, mint leaves were rubbed on the dinner table to welcome guests. As usual, the ancients were onto something: not only does mint have a therapeutic, calming smell, it soothes the stomach and helps you to breathe easier (thanks to a substance called rosmarinic acid).

Intrigued? Throw a handful into your green smoothie ASAP, and sip while you wait for the robins to show their little red bellies.

Pineapple-Mint Green Smoothie (adapted from Green Plate Rule)

1 banana (fresh or frozen)
2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 lime
small handful fresh mint leaves
1 cup kale or other greens
1 handful ice (if you use fresh fruit)

Blend and enjoy!

Avocado-Almond-Mint Green Smoothie (adapted from The Healthy Ingredient)

Feeling wild? Try this unusual but delicious combination from The Healthy Ingredient.

1/2 avocado
1 banana (fresh or frozen)
Handful of greens
Small handful of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk
Small handful of almonds, sliced

Blend and taste. Adjust flavoring as desired–squeeze in a lemon, sprinkle on some cinnamon, drizzle on some honey. Sip away.

photo attribute: By Nitin [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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