A few years ago, there was a stand at our local farmers market that sold sorbet-style ice cream. I used to always get their “lime & mint” flavored sorbet, and one weekend I remember raving to my sister about how I thought the combination of lime and mint was pure genius. When she told me that she had tried the lime/mint combination before, I very sassily specified that it was a lime and fresh mint combination, nothing like the mint in mint chocolate or mint extract (assuming she was such a simpleton with her extracts). I rambled on about this ground breaking flavor combination for a good few minutes until she stopped me, laughing, to explain that that was already a flavor combination in ‘mint mojitos’. Oops. In my defense, I was 14 and it was probably more good than bad that I didn’t know anything about mixed drinks. Needless to say, I got a lot of teasing for that cringe-worthy display of both cockiness and naivety. Fourteen is a rough time.
Well it’s been about four years, and I still can’t get over the lime and mint pairing. Unfortunately, I have another three years until I can order the elusive ‘mint mojito’ at a bar/restaurant, so I will just have to settle for this breakfast smoothie. This is for all you mint mojito lovers out there that maybe want to take a break from the alcohol. This smoothie is healthy, has the kick from the lime & mint, and is so easy to prepare that I am getting excited just writing about it.
I adapted this from my normal breakfast smoothie, which uses lemon & ginger instead of lime & mint. Both are surprisingly sweet for the amount of greens used and are genuinely the best breakfast smoothies I have had.
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup frozen green grapes
- 1/2 lime
- few sprigs fresh mint
- 1 Tbs chia seeds (optional)
- ~1 cup water
- cut 1/2 inch cross section of the lime, including the rind, and add it to the blender. The end of the lime will remain, so squeeze any excess lime juice from the remaining piece into the blender.
- Add the rest of your ingredients and blend until smooth.