by Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT from Delicious Knowledge
What’s not to love about mint? No matter how you enjoy it – as a tea, jelly, garnish, or in a salad, mint is an herb with many beneficial uses. In our last house, our front flower beds were taken over by mint. A burden to some, pure bliss to me! While I might not have a green thumb for flowers, I always enjoy a plentiful herb garden.
I admit that I initially put the mint into the first thing that popped into my mind: mojitos followed quickly by mint juleps. While they were both refreshing and delicious, cocktails aren’t exactly what I would label a health food. On to experimenting! A Tbsp of fresh mint in brownies, mixed with basil into a spring pesto, or tossed in Tabbouleh salad, I am a complete mint convert. A good source of both vitamin C and A, this is one herb that should never be left out of your garden.
Other ways to enjoy mint:
- Stir in sprigs of fresh mint to water or plain iced tea
- Add freshly chopped fresh mint leaves into your favorite baked goods. Chopped mint tastes great in chocolate chip cookies!
- Rolled into Fresh Spring Rolls with vegetables and noodles
- Chew on a mint leaf or two for instant fresh breath!
- Toss chopped root vegetables with a Tbsp of fresh or dried mint, roast as usual
- Enjoy peppermint tea, a great remedy for upset stomachs or nausea. Peppermint helps alleviate digestion and abdominal cramping.
Do you like mint? What’s your favorite way to incorporate it into your day?
Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, is owner of Delicious Knowledge in Sacramento, Calif. She specializes in plant-based diets, sports nutrition, food intolerance and weight management. Read her blog at Delicious-Knowledge.com and follow her on Twitter @DelishKnowledge.