I bought some new varieties of mint from the Raleigh farmer’s market last week. There’s always a huge selection with multiple vendors selling herb plants. I love trying different mints with my smoothies. I find that the mint adds a slight sweetness and covers some of the bitterness in the greens.
I love growing lemon herbs almost as much as I do mints. Each summer I have lemon balm, lemon basil and lemon verbena in my herb garden. Having them on hand makes it easy to add that lemon pop to a dish when you are out of lemons and it adds some brightness to smoothies.
I have a great tip for you today. If you are going to buy a VitaMix or Blendtec do it at your local Costco. (Please note: this is not an affiliate link.)
Why buy at Costco? I bought my first VitaMix from them about 5 years ago. Lately, the motor was starting high then coming down to the right speed. I knew this was probably the beginning of the end, and that it was going to be a long-term issue. The motor was having issues.
We bought it at Costco, and I asked what I would need to do to get a refund or to exchange it. The customer service rep said bring in the machine, plunger and recipe book that came with it.
I was hoping to just exchange it, but they gave me a full refund from my original purchase price on a Costco gift card. I didn’t have my receipt, but they were able to look it up in their system by my name. I don’t think it could be any easier.
I only paid an additional $100 to upgrade to the latest model. With high-speed blenders being so expensive, it’s nice to know that Costco will give me a refund if anything goes wrong with it.
See Costco’s return policy here.
Serves: 1 serving
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla nondairy milk
- 5 lemon balm leaves
- 10 mint leaves (I used ginger mint, but any variety would be tasty)
- 1½ cup assorted greens (I used baby kale and leaf lettuce)
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ large frozen banana
- sweetener of choice, to taste (I used a drop or 2 of stevia)
- Add the nondairy milk, herbs and greens to your blender. Blend until smooth. (Note you can also add chia seeds, flaxseed, or protein powder in this step if you want.)
- Once that's nice and smooth add the blueberries and banana and blend until smooth. If you have a Vitamix you may need to use your plunger on this final step or if your blender is not very powerful you may have to add some additional nondairy milk.