Strawberry Mint Smoothie

Strawberry Mint Smoothie

Last weekend after piling the whole family in to see the dentist we decided to treat ourselves passing by the local market on Fulham Road.  I used to live here and there is not an awful lot that I miss, but this is certainly one of the things.  There are market traders from all corners of the world, some East End boys who give a lot of banter and some incredible prices, just make sure you know how to be a good spotter of good fruit or veg, I’ve been caught out a few times.

So I came home with boxes of fruit, veg and spices and then wondered what I was going to do with it all.  Yup I got carried away.

So you will see a few smoothies and other things passing by on this blog no doubt starting with one now after some piccies of the market.

Fulham Road Market

The sunshine has been peeking out shyly amongst the clouds and with this I had the urge to inject some summer memories in to my smoothie, that being strawberries and mint as a combo.  There is more however as you will see…it tastes deilsh and best drunk immediately, perfect for breakfast!

Visual Evidence

Strawberry & Mint Smoothie

Strawberry & Mint Smoothie

Strawberry & Mint Smoothie Strawberry & Mint Smoothie (3 of 4) Strawberry & Mint Smoothie (4 of 4)

Strawberry Mint Smoothie

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 fresh medium banana
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup spinach or other greens
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • Sweetener of your choice, I tend to use coconut syrup

Extras

  • tablespoon of chia seeds – not only is this a powerfood, but also remember it will bulk up the smoothie somewhat so you might need to top up with more liquid depending on what consistency you wish for.  It is best when using chia seeds to let the smoothie sit for a minimum of 4hrs in the fridge to let the chia seeds absorb the liquid around them.

How To Make

Blend, blend, blend until smooth

Benefits of….

Chia Seeds – 

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1, 2):
  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.

Mint – The health benefits of mint include the following: Digestion: Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases ofindigestion or inflammation.

Strawberries –  Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberriesoffer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you.

Spinach –  Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Coconut water –  is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. Its liquid is packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish dehydration conditions inside the human body.

As always this is also a contribution towards Fiesta Friday #111

What are you up to this weekend?  Mine is going to be filled with shopping, eating and friends, I hope!  Justine xx

  17 comments for “Strawberry Mint Smoothie

  1. March 18, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Sounds delish! I’m doing a cheese making course on the weekend. And hanging out with one of my dearest friends. And hopefully catching some well needed rest. If I ever leave the lab tonight! X

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    • March 24, 2016 at 7:05 PM

      how did the cheese making go? For some reason I read that as cheesecake lol x

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      • March 24, 2016 at 9:24 PM

        It was fabulous. The ricotta was amazing. I made French toast with ricotta and maple syrup and it was delicious. I’ll make it again this weekend.

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  2. March 18, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Love the glass for the drink and the market looks amazing! Thanks for sharing, and happy FF! Hope you have a fabulous weekend. 🙂

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    • March 24, 2016 at 7:05 PM

      ahhh that is an Anthropologie glass, addicted to that shop x

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      • March 25, 2016 at 12:24 PM

        It’s one of my favorites too! I always find cute bowls and such in the Sales section too. 🙂

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        • March 25, 2016 at 3:49 PM

          ah they have a sale at the moment i got very excited but its only clothing 😦 lol x

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  3. March 18, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    The market place looks nice and the smoothie sounds really good! I would love a glass of this right now. 😀

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  4. March 18, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Awesome, Justine! The market looks like a place I would go crazy in too! I love the addition of mint to your smoothie! So fresh and summery. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday this week 😀

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    • March 24, 2016 at 7:07 PM

      thank you….I am addicted to mint tea, fresh mint tea so this kind of gave me a little hint of it x

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  5. March 20, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    What an interesting combo! I love to start the day with a smoothie so I’ll have to give it a shot.

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    • March 24, 2016 at 7:07 PM

      what kind of smoothies do you have?

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      • March 24, 2016 at 8:03 PM

        Usually Greek yogurt and whatever fruit I have on hand.

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        • March 25, 2016 at 3:46 PM

          sounds yum, I am addicted to coconut yoghurt at the moment 😀

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          • March 25, 2016 at 5:16 PM

            I haven’t tried coconut yogurt yet but I may have to give it a shot. I hear good stuff about it!

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