Minty and Sweet Green Smoothie

Minty and Sweet Green Smoothie

Minty and Sweet Green Smoothie

If you like the taste of mint this is a fun, creamy and sweet smoothie that’s still healthy for you. I call it a “beginner” smoothie because it’s pretty sweet. If you’re not a beginner but enjoy mint, consider lessening the banana or date ingredients a bit.

There are many people who have a “green” phobia when it comes to food. Unfortunately it’s often the result of someone saying “vegetables are yucky” or “I hate green food” to them when they were young. Some people come to the decision on their own, but when I question patients about their dislike of all foods “green”, they frequently say it began in childhood when a parent or other adult informed them vegetables tasted bad.

Fortunately I was a doctor before I was a mother so I made certain to make green vegetables “fun” and spoke of how delicious they were. All three of my children are good vegetable eaters as a result. Three does not make a definitive study, I know, but I also believe another factor is the quality of the vegetables you buy and how they are prepared. You can take perfectly fresh and delicious broccoli, as an example, overcook it until it’s a sickly grey-green color, and it will taste horrible. Similarly, fresh and organic vegetables will taste very different from those that are less fresh and laden with chemicals.

If you are new to eating “green”, this smoothie and several others on this site will be fun for you. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: I dislike eating spinach, raw or cooked, yet most days I have two large handfuls of organic baby spinach in my smoothie. Why? I can’t taste it. The taste is completely masked by the other ingredients in the smoothie. It’s perfect – you get the benefits of the fiber, iron, protein, vitamins and minerals spinach provides while not tasting it if you’re like me and don’t like it.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie and it begins to move you towards liking “green”. The green vegetables are some of the most healthy, filled with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

 

Ingredients

Serves 2

2 cups organic coconut milk, unsweetened or any plant based milk of your choosing.

2 cup organic baby spinach leaves or baby kale

½ cup fresh organic mint leaves

2 organic bananas, fresh or frozen

4 organic medjool dates, pitted and steam removed – soak for 15 minutes or more in hot water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup ice [Optional depending on your taste for cold or icy beverages]

 

Method

Place all ingredients in high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

 

Buon Appetito!

Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN, CFMP
Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Author of “The Gluten Effect”