Cucumber, Mint, Strawberry Smoothie: Studies show that mint (both spearmint and peppermint) have many health benefits. Mint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal (GI) tissue, analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system, immunomodulating actions and chemopreventive potential. Human studies on the GI, respiratory tract and analgesic effects of peppermint oil and its constituents have been reported.
***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.
Cucumber Mint Strawbery Smoothie
- 2 1/2 cups cucumbers, any variety roughly chopped
- 2 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 1/2 cups water, filtered if possible
- 1 thin lemon slice
- 4 sprigs fresh mint
Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.
Lemon peel and pith have many health benefits so I like to blend whole slices of lemons in my smoothies. If your blender is not strong enough to blend lemon with the peel attached to it then I would use the juice of 1 or 2 lemons (taste to see how many you want to use).