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10 Healthy Ways To Use Fresh Mint

10 ways to use fresh mint elizabeth rider

Is your mint plant exploding to the point that you feel guilty for not using it?

Yeah, me too.

The great thing about mint is that it smells heavenly and it’s super easy to grow. (Quick tip: always give it it’s own container or it will choke out your garden.) The not-so-great thing about mint is that no one really knows what to do with it, in the US at least, because we mostly see mint in sweet-tasting preparations.

Not anymore! Mint itself is not any sweeter than basil or other more common herbs, you just have to get creative (and maybe a little brave) to try it in savory dishes. It’s really great in just about everything.

Aside from having great flavor, mint is extremely good for you.

Here are just a few health benefits of mint:

Mint can…

  • aid digestion
  • be used to relieve IBS, indigestion, and heartburn
  • possibly relieve tension headaches
  • be a great source of vitamins & minerals
  • provide an almost 0 calorie drink alternative when mixed with water (mint contains only about 5 calories per 2 tablespoons) – it’s also very low on the glycemic index

ways to use fresh mint

Beyond all of that, growing your own herbs is one of the most cost-effective ways to eat well and add a gourmet touch to your food. A sprouted herb plant is only about $3 (even the organic ones!) and will yield food for months, maybe even years. Buying a small packet of herbs at the store is usually $3 or more, and it’s only enough for one recipe. I plant mint, basil, chives, rosemary, thyme, and a few others every year, usually for less than 20 bucks, and I use them almost daily. It’s a no-brainer.

Back to the mint. If you have more mint than you know what to do with this should help…

Here Are 10 Ways to Use Fresh Mint:

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 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.

Peppermint tea is especially good for you after dinner.

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, chocolate protein powder, flax seeds, and mint whipped up in the blender. Mint is wonderful in berry smoothies, too.

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.)

10 ways to use fresh mint _elizabeth rider

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.

Watermelon Mint Pops Elizabeth Rider

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.

Vegan Pesto Pasta 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.

10 Healthy Ways To Use Fresh Mint

These ideas will get you started so we can all finally stop the mint guilt.

Do you have any other great ways to use up fresh mint? Add it in the comments below to share with other readers in our community.

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  1. Thomas S. Stagnitta says:

    A delicious dressing and marinade for pork, beef, chicken and salad dressing. Muddle several mint leaves in a Mason jar, add Extra Virgin Olive oil fresh Lemon Juice, through a garlic press 2 or 3 cloves of garlic salt and pepper to taste. put lid on jar and shake until blended, marinate chicken then grill. delicious

  2. Shelli says:

    Refreshing summer drink: WATERMELON – MINT LIMEADE (or lemonade): fluid proportions. I usually make this is my blender. Some seedless watermelon, ice cubes, a mint sprig or 2 (10-20 leaves depending on how much watermelon), lemonade drink mix (like koolaid, the ones that you don’t have to add sugar to) OR frozen limeade or lemonade concentrate (not the whole container for 1 blender full — start with a spoonful or so). Basically you’re assume watermelon and mint to your -ade. Yummy!

  3. William Hutchinson says:

    I make mint sauce for every Sunday dinner by chopping mint leaves up fine, chop 2 to 3 spring onions cross ways not long ways place in a glass or a cup add one spoonful of sugar or more depending on taste and fill with non brewed condiment or malt vinegar which ever you prefer, I use non brewed condiment, let it stand for one to two hours. Don’t just have it with lamb I have it with any meat delicious.

  4. Anne says:

    I just wrap thread or any thin string around the bottom of the stems then hang it upside down to dry out for a few weeks. Crumble afterward and store in a container. When I want to drink mint tea I put some into a tea ball and wala !!
    So much better tasting than store bought

  5. Anita cullins says:

    I am growing mint, thyme, basil, and parsley. Thanks for the recipes. I have frozen basil in ice cube trays and now I will do the same with mint. I was told you can dry mint and basil in the microwave. Takes about a min. I don’t know if you can do rhyme. Any clue?

  6. Caro says:

    I’ve mint in my home,(backet). Apart frm tea, can i use it in food, like the way i use coriader

  7. jojo151 says:

    looks so good! but im to lazy to do them#lazy

  8. Justin says:

    Great idea to make Mint tea , put it in my breakfast yogurt parfait . I usually put a few leaves in my peppermint tea and eat it at the end. Mint is great !

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