Cut back on sugar with this Healthy Homemade Mint Smoothie
Satisfy your sweet tooth in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and give your body a dose of nutrients and cut back in sugar with this healthy homemade mint smoothie. Made with unflavored Vital Proteins Marine Collagen, avocado, fresh mint and coconut milk, this healthy mint shake gives you protein, collagen and amino acids all in one tasty yet nutritious treat.
Did you know?
Mint leaves are chock full of vital nutrients that can impact your body in several ways. Working fresh mint into your diet has been shown to help aid in allergy due to mint’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, rosmarinic acid (1). Also known for its soothing abilities, research on mint benefits have shown that it is thought to support digestion (2). As far as nutritional content, mint contains vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, iron and calcium (3).
- ½ organic avocado
- 1 large handful of organic mint leaves, fresh
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
- Place all ingredients except for the Vital Proteins Marine Collagen into a blender and blend until smooth. Add in Vital Proteins Marine Collagen and blend again until Collagen is dissolved. Pour into a glass and garnish with dark chocolate shaving and mint if desired.
(1) Osakabe, Naomi, Hirohisa Takano, Chiaki Sanbongi, Akiko Yasuda, Rie Yanagisawa, Ken-Ichiro Inoue, and Toshikazu Yoshikawa. “Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect of rosmarinic acid (RA); inhibition of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (SAR) and its mechanism.” BioFactors21.1-4 (2004): 127-31. Web.
(2) Hu, Guanying, Xing Yuan, Sanyin Zhang, Ruru Wang, Miao Yang, Chunjie Wu, Zhigang Wu, and Xiao Ke. “Research on choleretic effect of menthol, menthone, pluegone, isomenthone, and limonene in DanShu capsule.” International Immunopharmacology24.2 (2015): 191-97. Web.
(3) Full Report (All Nutrients): 02064, Peppermint, fresh, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26, Accessed 22 April 2014.