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Chocolate Mint or Peppermint: Uses and Benefits

This acai smoothie bowl was inspired by the massive amounts of wildly growing chocolate mint on my little porch. We have planted a whole bunch of lettuces and herbs, and the chocolate mint seems to be doing wonderfully. Actually, it’s taking over the other herbs, and needed to be used urgently.

acai smoothie bowl

I get very happy when I can add greens to my meal, in a way that tastes amazing and actually adds to the flavor of my food. Peppermint is wonderful for digestion and any conditions related to stomach health. It’s also great for good breath. Peppermint is very calming and stress-relieving, helps relieve headaches, and alleviates muscle pain. You can easily use it in a tea, or in a smoothie or juice (blended with watermelon, it tastes incredible). 

acai smoothie bowl

It’s wonderfully exciting to be making your very own raw vegan version of an acai smoothie bowl. While you can easily find this at many smoothie shops these days, I promise you that the home-made version I make always turns out much better.

 

Chocolate Mint Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100 g frozen acai make sure it has no preservatives
  • 4 frozen very ripe and cheetah-spotted bananas
  • 5 Medjoul dates
  • 1/2 cup water or pure coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate mint leaves only, or to taste*
  • 1 tablespoon raw carob powder
  • Pinch of vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *If you don't have chocolate mint you can use a drop of pure peppermint extract instead

Instructions

Blend everything in a high speed blender, and top with

  • Variation 1: hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and freeze-dries strawberries
  • Variation 2: goji berries and freeze-dried raspberries

 

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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.
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