How to Use Fresh Mint

While mint is most often thought of as a garnish for beverages or a simple ingredient in cocktails, it is packed full of nutrition and can easily be incorporated into the diet in other ways.

  1. Peppermint is soothing to the stomach and causes muscles in the digestive tract to relax; it can also help reduce belly bloat by regulating gut bacteria.  So peppermint is a great way to end any meal!
  2. While grilling meat at very high heats can sometimes produce cancer-causing compounds in the meat, researchers have found that using a mint marinade on the steak before grilling can reduce the formation of these compounds by as much as 88 percent.
  3. If you struggle with infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis or walking pneumonia, peppermint extract is what you need; it appears to destroy the bacteria that cause these types of infections.  Try drinking some mint tea the next time you feel the symptoms coming on.
  4. Use mint and sweet peaches instead of tomatoes and basil for a different style caprese salad topped with fresh mozzarella.
  5. Try a mint “mojito” smoothie to start your day off right with 4 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber.

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