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.
Lemon Balm Mint Blueberry Smoothie
Use up some of your mint and lemon balm in this easy green smoothie. Don't have any lemon balm? You can use lemon verbena, lemon basil and you can also replace it with some lemon zest or extract.
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla nondairy milk
- 5 lemon balm leaves
- 10 mint leaves (I used ginger mint, but any variety would be tasty)
- 1 1/2 cup assorted greens (I used baby kale and leaf lettuce)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 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.