Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Mint

Although mint is in peak season during the summer months, I always think of it as a winter-y flavor.  No matter the season, mint is a nutritious way to add flavor to meals, snacks, and beverages.  Mint is a good source of Vitamin A and iron, and it has a long history of alleviating digestive discomfort.  Menthol, the main oil found in mint leaves, helps open up sinuses, which makes it a key ingredient to have on hand during cold and flu season.

Mint Berry Blast
1 cup each fresh raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and halved strawberries
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1.  In a large bowl, combine the berries, mint and lemon juice; gently toss to coat.
2.  Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serves 4.

Recipe from Taste of Home

Mint and Fruit Smoothie

¼ cup red seedless grapes, frozen
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 frozen strawberries
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
3 fresh mint leaves

1.  Place frozen grapes, applesauce, and lime juice into a blender. Puree until smooth.
2.  Add frozen strawberries, cubed pineapple, and mint leaves. Pulse a few times until the strawberries and pineapple are blended into the drink. Serves 2.

Recipe from AllRecipes



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