Recipes For Incorporating More Mint Into Your Diet

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 23, 2016
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Mint: It's not just a refreshing herb, it's also essential for a healthy diet. Medical News Today explained that this little green leaf contains one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food. Mint can help soothe indigestion, relieve a sore throat, reduce seasonal allergies and ease discomfort caused by irritable bowel syndrome, explained the source.

If you're looking to work more of this refreshing herb into your diet, give some of these recipes a try: 

Cucumber Salad Featuring: Fresh Mint
This is a super quick and easy recipe brought to you by Simply Recipes.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound thinly skinned cucumbers
  • 1/4  thinly sliced red onion 
  • 3 red thinly sliced red radishes 
  • 10 thinly sliced young mint leaves
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

The trickiest part of this recipe is slicing everything up and measuring out the quantities. Once you've cut up the cucumbers, onion, radishes and mint leaves, put your ingredients in a bowl and toss them with the vinegar. Make sure everything is completely coated. Before you serve, sprinkle the olive oil, and salt and pepper. Plate the salad and garnish with the feta cheese. 

Mint Lemongrass Tea
Next you'll want some refreshing tea to wash down your salad. Food blog, Dietician Without Borders shared a simple recipe for a zesty mint lemongrass tea that you can choose to serve either hot or cold.

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful fresh, ripped mint leaves
  • 1 stalk chopped lemongrass

Directions:

While you're ripping and chopping the mint and lemongrass, duly boil some water. Once the water is boiling, put the leaves and stalks into a teapot and fill it with the hot water. Cover the pot and let steep for about five minutes. It's ready after that! Serve it hot or put it in the fridge to cool and add ice for a frozen treat later. 

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
What list would be complete without a sweet treat? Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a universal favorite so why not learn how to make your own homemade dessert? This is another easy recipe provided by Simply Recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • Salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces of chopped dark chocolate

Directions:

The first thing you'll want to do is steep the mint leaves in cream and milk. Combine the leaves with one cup of milk and one cup of cream in a saucepan and heat until steaming - do not boil. Remove it from the heat, cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Then, reheat this mixture again until it is steaming and let stand off the heat for another 15 minutes. While that is steeping, take the other cup of cream and chill it over a bowl of lots of ice. 

Next you'll strain the milk and cream mixture into a separate bowl while squeezing the mint leaves against the side as the mixture drains. You want to get most of the liquid out of the leaves. Put that mixture back into the saucepan and ad the sugar and a pinch of salt. Heat and stir until steaming and sugar is dissolved. Remove that from the stove and move on to the next step. 

Grab a medium size bowl and whisk the egg yolks around. Pour the heated milk and cream mixture with the yolks and whisk constantly. Then pout this into the saucepan and put it back on medium heat. Stir for about 10 minutes, or until thick and coats your spoon. Strain this over the cold cream you set aside earlier. Next it's time to chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Then place it in your ice cream maker and add the chopped chocolate. Finally, place your soon-to-be ice cream in a tight container and freeze for at least one hour.