HERE ARE 10 WAYS TO USE FRESH MINT from Elizabeth Rider:
1. ADD MINT TO GREEK YOGURT WITH BERRIES
Berries and mint pair beautifully. Mix plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with strawberries (or mixed berries) and sprinkle with chopped fresh mint. De-lish.
2. MAKE YOUR OWN MINT TEA TO AID DIGESTION
Use 5-10 big leaves or more depending on how strong you want it. Tear the leaves and place in a mug, then muddle the leaves for a few seconds with the back of a wooden spoon. Pour very hot (not boiling) water over the leaves and let steep 5-10 minutes. You can remove the leaves or leave them in (punny!) – I leave them in and eat them as I sip.
3. CHANGE UP YOUR PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Add 3-4 fresh mint leaves to your chocolate protein smoothie for a delicious variety. I love ice, water, USANA Chocolate Nutrimeal, flax seeds, and mint whipped up in the blender.
4. TRY STRAWBERRY, MINT & BASIL WITH BALSAMIC
This combo is DELICIOUS alone as a side or on top of mixed greens as a salad, or use it as a bruschetta topper with a whole grain baguette and goat cheese. Your friends will be impressed. The measurements are fluid, I’d say about 2 cups halved or quartered strawberries mixed with 10-20 leaves each of chopped mint and basil. 3-4 tablespoons of a high-quality aged balsamic will finish it perfectly.
5. MAKE A MINTY LIME FIZZLER
Muddle 5-8 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Add ice, a healthy squeeze of lime and club soda with a few drops of stevia to sweeten. (Is it 5 o’clock somewhere? Turn this into a low-sugar mojito by adding an ounce of white rum if you so please.)
6. TRY A WATERMELON, BASIL, MINT SALAD WITH FETA
Just four ingredients and this salad will wow you. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to round out the flavors. Again, the measurements are fluid, use the same measurements as the strawberry salad above.
7. MAKE MY WATERMELON MINT POPS
Homemade popsicles are an easy, healthy, and delicious treat. These pops require only 4 ingredients and you will love them. Grab my Watermelon Mint Pops recipe here.
8. ADD FRESH MINT TO BASIL PESTO
A handful of fresh mint makes any pesto pop. Give it a try here with my favorite vegan pesto recipe.
9. ADD MINT TO ANY SALAD FOR AN ELEVATED FLAVOR
You can also try mint in any one of these great salads:
Quinoa Tabouli With Parsley & Mint (here)
Chopped Summer Kale Salad Recipe (here)
Mediterranean Herb Quinoa Salad Recipe (here), which is way more affordable when you grow your own herbs
Make Watermelon Pizza with Mint: Sprinkle fresh mint on your watermelon fruit pizza for an extra special (and easy!) dessert.
10. JAZZ UP YOUR WATER
Add fresh mint to plain or sparkling water, or even freeze whole leaves in ice cubes to add beautiful color to your beverage.
OR, MAKE MINT ICE CUBES
Freeze whole mint leaves into ice cubes for a pretty (and tasty) addition to your water. Place 2-3 small whole mint leaves (or a few torn large ones) into an ice cube tray (look for a BFA-free or silicone one). Add purified water and freeze. If you boil the water your ice cubes will be crystal clear; let it cool to room temp before adding it to your ice cube trays.
**Be sure to check out our power greens, an awesome addition to any salad**