Monday, May 1, 2006

Nutrition Properties of Mint

It’s 3pm, you’re stuck behind your computer at work daydreaming away about the gorgeous warm weather outside. If this situation sounds all too familiar you might want to reach for a cup of mint tea, a breath mint or gum, or some minty-fresh hand lotion to perk you back up. Studies show that the aroma and flavor of mint can enhance motivation, concentration, stimulate our central nervous system and decrease fatigue. When the weather gets warmer, try a glass of unsweetened mint iced-tea or toss some chopped fresh mint leaves into salads or yogurt sauces for grilled meat and chicken. Mint’s also a deliciously refreshing way to end a perfect summertime meal, try it sprinkled over fresh fruit.

Minted Summer Fruit Salad
Serves 8
2 mangoes, cubed
3 kiwis, cubed
2 nectarines, cubed
1 medium, cantaloupe, cubed (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped + a few fresh mint sprigs for garnish
2 Tablespoons honey

Mix chopped mint with honey in a small bowl. Assemble diced fruit in large serving bowl, drizzle mint-honey mixture over fruit, toss and serve. Can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead of time and chilled.

Nutrition Facts: 110 calories, 0g fat, 26g carbohydrate, 3g fiber.

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