Mint is a great herb that grows easily and abundantly in many gardens. It´s versatile and adds a lovely flavour to dips, beans and also juices, as you will taste when you try this fresh juice!
The health benefits of mint are plentiful. Mint is great for digestion, soothing stomach spasms and helping to release trapped wind. If you experience indigestion after eating a meal, place a couple of leaves into a cup and pour over hot or boiling water. Mash the mint a little with your spoon and leave to cool slightly before drinking. Some authors suggest that mint can provide relief from headaches and nausea, as well as easing congestion when you have a cold. If you have ever handled fresh mint leaves, you know that the smell is so fresh, that it is said to help combat sluggishness or drowsiness – so try some mint instead of coffee next time you need a lift.
In our mint fresh juice we combine mint with fresh vegetables to give your body a nutritious boost and a lift. If you need a little extra sweetness you can add half or a whole apple instead of one of the carrots.
Calories: 166, with avocado 442
2 cm broccoli stem
2 cm slice unwaxed lemon
Handful of mint
Optional: ½ avocado
Wash all of your ingredients beneath cold running water. You may want to cut the top off the carrots, but it´s not essential. Then place the courgette, carrots, broccoli and lemon into your juicer. If your juicer works well with leaves, you can add the mint into the juicer with the rest of the vegetables. Otherwise, roughly chop the mint leaves and place it into your blender, then add the juice. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds.
Wash your juicer (and blender) then enjoy your juice.
To make a more filling and creamy juice, you can add avocado. Remember to remove the skin and stone, and put the avocado into your blender with the juice. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds and serve.
Juicing is a great way to cleanse and detox your body. It is also wonderful method to deliver lots of vitamins and minerals to your body, giving your whole system a healthy boost. Whether you choose to include a juice once a day, three times a day, for one day or many, you will soon feel the benefits. For lots more juice recipes search our blog page and for more information on juicing as part of your detox and weight loss retreat click here.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).