Jul 162013

You probably know that peppermint is an herb but did you know that it has been used as a medicine for thousands of years? Well, it has, primarily as an aid to digestion but also to treat gas pains, menstrual cramps and even headaches. If you would like to learn more about the herb’s medicinal properties read this page from The University of Maryland Medical Center. Read on to learn how to use it in a chocolate peppermint smoothie!

But we aren’t too concerned with medicine today. Instead, we are focusing on how well peppermint works in this chocolate peppermint smoothie recipe.

And,its also easy to turn this tasty smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/4 cup instant cocoa mix
  • 1 cup milk

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

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