Benefits of mint for gut health & a refreshing mint smoothie recipe

Mint is one of my favourite herbs. I love the flavour and freshness and it’s in abundance during the summer months. There are lots of different species of mint, the most popular being peppermint and spearmint.


As well as tasting great, it can be very beneficial for gut health too. It acts as an antispasmodic (relieving muscle spasm/relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive tract) helping to relieve stomach cramps, bloating and flatulence. These are very common symptoms for those suffering from IBS symptoms. It can also relieve indigestion. Peppermint oil is sometimes given by the GP as medication.


Top tips to regularly include mint into your everyday diet…


· Smoothies (see my refreshing avocado, mint, banana and lime smoothie recipe below)

· Fresh mint tea

· Salads (a favourite is my quinoa, pea, mint and feta salad)

· Sprinkle over fruit & yoghurt (watermelon, peach, and apricots go very well with mint)

 


 

Ingredients

1 handful of spinach

½ cucumber

½ banana

½ avocado

Juice of ½ lime

1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds or 1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds

A handful of mint leaves

100ml water or milk of choice


Recipe


Place ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Add more water if needed to reach desired consistency.


Enjoy! Michelle x