This Peppermint Detox Smoothie is the perfect light meal, packed with veggies, banana, and yogurt, to help you get back on track after overindulging during the holidays. My toddler loves these mint smoothies, and I love knowing he’s getting a variety of vegetables he might push away if found on his dinner plate.
The Perfect Low Calorie Green Smoothie
This smoothie has been on repeat in our house the past few months. We all love peppermint, and green smoothies have always been a favorite. When I started seeing cauliflower going in blenders, I knew I needed to try it out.
Surprisingly, it blends into drinks just as easily as greens. If you’re trying to add some sneaky vegetables to your kids’ diets, it’s even less detectable than spinach! You can keep this smoothie white by just using the cauliflower and banana, if your picky eater refuses to eat green.
This mint smoothie is high in fiber and protein, thanks to veggies, yogurt, and protein powder. It’s much lower in sugar than a standard smoothie. Even with all the nutrition snuck into this glass, it’s still creamy, sweet, and cold!
I adapted this smoothie from my Chocolate Chip Mint Smoothie – one of the most popular recipes ever on my blog. I left out the coconut milk and chocolate to make this lighter.
What You’ll Need
- Frozen Banana (peel, quarter and freeze to keep these on hand!)
- Frozen Zucchini (one of my favorite green smoothie additions! It’s great in this low carb strawberry smoothie.)
- Frozen Cauliflower
- Spinach (fresh or frozen)
- Yogurt (regular or Greek yogurt, full fat)
- Whey Protein Powder
- Collagen Powder (optional)
- Peppermint Extract
How to Make a Mint Smoothie
Step 1: Add frozen bananas and vegetables to a blender. Add in yogurt, water, protein powders (if using), and peppermint extract.
Step 2: Blend until smooth. Adjust the thickness of the smoothie by adding additional water, if desired.
If you’re unsure if your child will drink this, just watch my son help!
Tips for the Perfect Peppermint Smoothie
Do I need a high speed blender?
In the video, I am showing making this smoothie in a standard blender – nothing fancy, to show that you don’t need a high spend blender to make good veggie smoothies. I’ve added a bit of water along with the yogurt, which helps it get going, and it turns into a thick, smoothie, and creamy drink. If you have a high powered blender, it just makes it faster!
Can I use fresh mint in this smoothie?
Yes, you can use fresh mint in this smoothie in place of the peppermint extract. I have found it makes the peppermint flavor more “grassy”, but if you have a good tasting peppermint, it’s a healthy choice.
If you prefer not use flavor extracts, a very small amount of peppermint essential oil can be used. I dip a toothpick into the peppermint oil and then into the smoothie, and adjust how many times I dip the toothpick into the smoothie until the flavor is a good strength.
Can I make this detox smoothie dairy free?
This smoothie is easily made dairy free by omitting the whey protein (or using a non-dairy based powder, or just collagen powder) and using a dairy free yogurt. Coconut milk also works in place of the yogurt.
Other Detox Smoothies
Peppermint Detox Smoothie
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt full fat or Greek yogurt
- 1/3-1/2 cup water
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/3 cup cauliflower chopped and frozen (optional)
- 1/3 cup zucchini chopped and frozen (optional)
- 1 cup spinach fresh (or sub 2-3 frozen spinach cubes)
- 10-30 grams whey protein powder unflavored
- 10 grams collagen protein
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (start with less and add to taste)
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Start by adding the yogurt and water to the bottom of the blender, and then add the rest of the ingredients on top.If using whey protein, you will see the smoothie starting to “fluff up” after it’s fully blended. It makes the smoothie extra creamy and ice-cream like in texture.
- Blend until very smooth.
Recommended for this Recipe
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