A Sweet Peppermint Smoothie – Super yummy and good for your tummy!
Have a very pepperminty holiday!
Peppermint goes with Christmas the way Pimm’s goes with a hot summer day. Candy canes and peppermint bark flood holiday tables and Pinterest boards..
But there’s a lot more to peppermint than a jolly good filling in your chocolate biscuit; there’s oodles of goodness for your body too!
This delicious smoothie is not only gluten-free and dairy-free, but sugar-free, paleo, low-FODMAP and vegan as well!
Peppermint is a calming, soothing herb that assists with digestion. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and improves motility, has anti-spasmodic properties, calms the muscles of the digestive system and improves the flow of bile.
It is effective as an indigestion remedy and it reduces bloating, both which sure can come in handy during the silly season! A study of 57 patients with IBS who took peppermint capsules twice a day had less abdominal pain, abdominal distention and flatulence than those who took placebo (1).
The old yellow favourite is not only deliciously sweet, creamy and low GI; it also contains something called tryptophan. This essential amino acid functions as a building block for protein synthesis and precursor which then gets converted into serotonin, a neurotransmitter
Banana also aids in Digestion!
This wonderful fruit acts as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of ‘healthy’ bacteria in the bowel. Bananas contain a type of sugar called fructooligosaccharides (FOS). These sugars are not broken down in the upper digestive tract; instead they get metabolised in the large intestine.
A study in which female participants ate two bananas a day over two months showed a significant increase the ‘good’ bacteria, Bifidobacteria. This group of participants demonstrated improved bowel function and fewer gastrointestinal problems (2).
Nutrient-stacked almond milk
Almonds are actually the most nutient-rich of all nuts!
Almond milk has a low calorific value of only 60 calories per cup, low fat content, and zero % of that is saturated. Almonds are especially rich in fat soluble vitamins, with 1 cup equaling to 10% of your vitamin A, 25% of your vitamin D, and 50% of your vitamin E daily requirements. It is also very creamy, and has a rich nutty flavour.
With all these wonderful ingredients, it is no wonder that this fantastic and very tasty smoothie should be considered a must during the Christmas holidays!
- 1 frozen ripe banana in pieces
- 1 cup almond milk (raw if applicable)
- ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract (or organic vanilla bean paste)
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or 2 medjool dates for paleo/raw version)
Pop all ingredients in a blender, and blend till smooth. Decorate with peppermint leaves!
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This article has been a collaboration between Kristine, and our health expert, Nick.
sources: (1) [ref Dig Liver Dis. 2007 Jun;39(6):530-6. Epub 2007 Apr 8. Peppermint oil (Mintoil) in the treatment of a prospective double blind placebo-controlled randomized trial. Cappello G1, Spezzaferro M, Grossi L, Manzoli L, Marzio L. (2) [REF Mitsou EK, Kougia E, Nomikos T, et al. Effect of banana consumption on faecal microbiota: arandomized, controlled trial. Anaerobe 2011;17:384-7.