Thirsty? This peppermint, pineapple smoothie is here to save the day. It is refreshing, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, delicious, and unique; what more could you ask for in a smoothie? A few years back, I had just transitioned into a vegetarian diet, and was learning more and more about the healing power of food, I was over at a friend’s house drinking (hey life’s about balance right?) and she made this awesome smoothie for me.
Now, I love this concoction even more now thanks to it’s health benefits:
- Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Coconut water contains natural electrolytes, (put down those sports drinks) which makes this smoothie ideal for hydrating and replenishing.
- Peppermint is great for digestion, and the smell is energizing and invigorating; perfect before a workout.
At first, I was a little skeptical about the flavor combination, as this recipe calls for pineapple, fresh peppermint, ginger, and coconut water, but since I like all the ingredients on their own, I figured it could be okay. But alas, it was better than okay, this smoothie is amazing, and it is now my go-to drink before or after a vigorous workout, or when I need some extra hydration for hot yoga.
Luckily this year, my organic peppermint plants have been growing beautifully in my garden, and I plucked a few leaves from them to make this smoothie. I have tried growing peppermint for two years now and I have learned that peppermint grows best outside, and the smell is amazing at deterring various garden visitors, namely the woodchuck who lives in a whole next to my garden. Last year, my indoor peppermint plant died, due to over-watering I think, and I was heartbroken, as peppermint is one of my very favorite things. I love all things mint, especially mint chocolate chip ice cream, and mojitos.
This year, I tried again, and bought two plants, and they developed bugs and shriveled up. I put the plants outside in “plant quarantine” because I didn’t want the bugs to spread to my indoor plants, and left them for dead. I decided I should stop growing peppermint because I keep killing it, but then, the most amazing thing happened, the plants came back to life! So I planted them, in my garden, and they have grown to triple their size or more. I almost gave up on growing peppermint, but peppermint seems to thrive outdoors, and once it gets going, it grows like a weed. I am calling this year’s peppermint my miracle plant, and I couldn’t be happier about all the fresh, organic mint I now have. At this point, I have more than enough, and I will have to figure out something to do with it. Chutney anyone?
If you need any more inspiration, or reasons to grow your own peppermint, here you go:
But in the meantime, I will be making lots of peppermint pineapple smoothies, and I think you should try them out too!
What is your best use for peppermint? I need some tips on how to use all this fresh peppermint up!
- 8-10 leaves of fresh Peppermint
- 1 cup chopped Pineapple
- 1 tsp Ginger
- ½ cup Coconut Water
- 3-4 Ice Cubes (optional)
- Cut a peel a small piece of ginger, about ½ inch thick and place it whole in the blender.
- Remove the peppermint leaves from their stems, and place in the blender.
- Add in pineapple, coconut water, and ice if you are using, and blend until smooth.