Peppermint extract (in an alcohol base) and peppermint oil are often used to add flavor in sweet treats. To get the health benefits, you need the oil. But be careful because oils are concentrated and can cause skin irritation in small amounts. Always be conservative with the amount utilized when experimenting with new recipes. You can try peppermint oil in foods to help alleviate symptoms of IBS if pain is not the primary symptom and if you don’t suffer from gastroesophageal reflux.
Want to give peppermint oil a try? With this smoothie, you’ll enjoy the sweet taste plus have a minty fresh start to your day. This chocolate peppermint smoothie is packed with your daily servings of leafy greens.
Makes 2 servings
1 ½ cups of skim milk or other milk alternative
3 drops peppermint oil or 0.15 mL* peppermint oil
1 cup baby spinach
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 frozen ripe banana
1 cup of ice
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Blend all ingredients together and serve cold
*0.05 mL=3 drops of peppermint oil
Disclaimer: We recognize that some ingredients listed in this recipe may be a trigger food for some people. Please feel free to omit or substitute any ingredients that don’t work for you.