Did you know fresh mint leaves have many awesome health benefits? From aiding in digestion to fighting acne, mint can do it! Our friends over at 3BoysUnprocessed have shared this deliciously healthy Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie recipe for us to try.
Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. When you feel sick to your stomach, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief. Also, if you are someone who travels long distances via plane or boat, the menthol oil derived from mint can be very soothing for nausea and related motion sickness.The aroma of mint activates the salivary glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. These attributes are why mint is extensively used in the culinary arts. Much of the western world includes mint as a part of appetizers or as an element of palate cleansers, to be eaten before the main course so the food will digest comfortably.
One peculiar property of mint that seems quite contrary to its traditional cooling and soothing effects is that it induces sweating if consumed during fever, thereby breaking the fever and speeding the rate of recovery. Mint juice can also be applied to heal and soothe burns. It is also beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism. Furthermore, mint is also said to improve the activity of the brain, although legitimate and consistent research on its neurological impact has yet to be completed. Are you feeling tired or bored after reading all of that info on mint? Why don’t you have a stick of mint chewing gum? That may be just the refreshing boost you need!
Vanilla Layer Ingredients
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup light coconut milk (canned version)
- 1/4 vanilla bean pod or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
Green Mint Layer Ingredients
- 1/2 frozen banana1 and 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves1/4 cup coconut milk
Directions: Thoroughly blend until all ingredients are smooth. Serve immediately.