Did you know mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food? Its true...in fact all those potent antioxidants add up to some great health benefits that we'd like to share with you in this week's edition of What's That?! Wednesday. Mint or "mentha" in a genus group of about 15-20 plants - some of the most common ones are those we see in our grocery stores like peppermint and spearmint. If you've never really used it, here are a host of reasons why you should consider incorporating it into your diet.
Health Benefits of Mint:
You can incorporate fresh mint into your diet in many ways. It is used more heavily in ethnic dishes like Thai and Greek meals, but I love to use it during the summer with fresh fruits and vegetables. You can add freshly chopped mint to fruit salads, green salads, roasted vegetables, curries, stir fries, herbal teas, or adult beverages.
Check out a few of our favorite recipes:
Summer Herbal Mint Iced Tea
Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh
Seasonal Fruit Salad with Citrus-Mint Dressing
Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie
So what are you waiting for? Go grab handfuls of mint from your garden and get cooking!
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
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