Minty March Madness By Michelle Schwarzmann

March Madness is down to the Final Four! Has your bracket been busted? If your initials are J.J., you picked 3 teams in the Final Four! Nice job, J.J.!

Now for IET’s minty kind of madness….

I try to add herbs and spices to meals and smoothies whenever possible. They have natural health benefits, and a little goes a long way. Mint is an herb with a variety of health benefits. Check out the info-graphic below to learn more about the benefits of adding mint to your diet.

Mint Chip Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, or coconut milk

2 heaping tablespoon cacao nibs

2 heaping tablespoon of organic peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew or almond butter

1/2-1 frozen banana

1 large kale leaf (curly, thinner, non-bitter variety), about 1/4 cup if folded down to fit

2 tbsp (loose fitting) fresh mint-add more if needed to cover any taste of kale

Ice as needed depending on preference

Optional additions:

1 pitted date (optional for sweeter taste and nutritional benefits of dates-boost brain health, anti-inflammatory, reduces blood pressure, promotes digestive health/relieves constipation, and boosts heart health)

1/4 avocado (option for creamier consistency and boosting healthy fat content)

1 serving of Pure Hawaiian spirulina (option for added micronutrients, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients)

Blend all of the above ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy!

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