Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mint Strawberry Smoothies and Kids Gone Wild

During our last shopping trip to Whole Foods, they were giving out samples for Mint-Strawberry smoothies. They were really good. Since they were giving out the recipes, as well, we gathered our ingredients to make them at home. Tornado, especially, loves to check off a list, making sure we got everything we need.

We never, ever drink carbonation so this was a big treat. It didn't have too much of a carbonated taste, though; it was very subtle.

Ingredients:

12 Strawberries (The recipe didn't call for "frozen," but that's what we used.)
12 large mint leaves
1 Tbs. lime juice
1 Tbs. lemon juice
4 tsp. sugar (We added a little more than that.)
1/2 cup sparkling mint water
6-8 ice cubes
1/4 cup vodka or rum optional (That's what the recipe says. We obviously opted out.)

We also had to double this recipe. This wouldn't have been enough for 5.


It was REALLY minty. I wasn't sure about that, at first, because it was the first time I've ever "cooked" with fresh mint. Plus, maybe my kids went a little overboard while throwing in the mint leaves. They may or may not have counted properly. The kids loved that it tasted and smelled like "toothpaste."

10 thumbs up

I didn't mind it tasting so minty after I looked up the health benefits of mint. There seem to be many areas that mint helps support: digestion, respiratory, anti-fungal, anti-cancer...

and I think it must give you tons of energy...


Or maybe that's how they always are.

9 comments:

  1. This looks great! I can imagine it being really refreshing for summer and by the looks of it, no wonder your kids loved it! I'm really hoping to get more into smoothing making-thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Oh wow! I think I would love these! I love mint. I have spearmint and peppermint growing in the front yard :) Your kids are cute too.

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  3. Have you been using the mint growing in your yard, Carissa? My kids would have fun picking and using that. And yes, Kristi...yes, I do. :)

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  4. I'm growing mint this year and have been looking for ways to use it. I hadn't considered tossing it in a smoothie!

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  5. What a great color those smoothies turned out; and they sound really yummy. What a fun treat! Your kids are cute and it looks like they're having a fun summer!

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  6. Your kids look like they enjoyed it! I miss fun colored smoothies, since I put greens in a lot of mine, I hardly ever that that true red, orange, or blue...I'll have one every once in a while without the greens! ( :

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  7. Hi, Jenny! I just popped over from BlessedMama's blog and am going to explore both of your blogs now. I hope you'll visit mine. :)
    That smoothie looks and sounds so fresh and tasty! I love mint and would like to try to make it, but I don't know where I'd get sparkling mint water... I may have to improvise...

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  8. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाFebruary 18, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Looks quite refreshing!!

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