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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 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.)

10 ways to use fresh mint _elizabeth rider

6. Try 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.

You can also try one of these great salads:

8. Quinoa Tabouli With Parsley & Mint (here)

9. Chopped Summer Kale Salad Recipe (here)

10. Mediterranean Herb Quinoa Salad Recipe* (here)

*way most affordable when you grow your own herbs

Bonus 11. 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.

Bonus 12. Watermelon Pizza with Mint
Sprinkle fresh mint on your watermelon fruit pizza for an extra special (and easy!) dessert.

Bonus 13. 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

That should get you started so we can all finally stop the mint guilt.

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  1. Justin

    October 23rd, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    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 !

  2. jojo151

    March 14th, 2018 at 1:32 am

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

  3. Growing Herbs for Beginners in Kitchen or Garden | Original Homesteading

    June 3rd, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    […] Related Post: How to Use Fresh Mint […]

  4. Caro

    August 29th, 2018 at 11:19 am

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

  5. Anita cullins

    August 16th, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    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. Anne

    September 14th, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    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

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